January 25-26, 1997
Accordingly the 1997 National Masters Age Group Ski Jumping Championships were hosted for the first time by the Blackhawk Ski Club at their Tomahawk Ridge ski compex west of Madison, WI.
For this year's Championships, the rules were changed, expanding the program to permit skiers to compete on two different hills -- an idea borrowed from the IMC. The Blackhawk Ski Club offered competition on K-30 and K-56 meter jumps, but the Golden Oldies, skiers over 70 years old, jumped a K-10 meter hill.
Thirty Old Boys from three USSA divisions participated, with 15 competing on the small hills and 25 skiing the big hill (so 10 jumped on two hills).
Here are the official results of the 1997 Masters Championships.
K-56 meter Results at the 1997 National Masters Championships
Competitors in the 1997 Masters Nationals, Madison WI
(L to R) Kneeling:
Mike Sobzak, Cloquet;
Jack Gasienica, Norge;
Sig Malvik, Iola;
Bob Immens, Norge;
Scott Immens, Norge;
Dave Edlund, St. Paul;
Scott Smith, Norge
Dan Schirk, Norge.
Standing: Tom Ricchio, Iola; Terry Holmgren, Ishpeming; Ken Sobzak, Cloquet; Rick Anderson, Coleraine; Steve Sydow, Duluth; Tim Denisson, Cheyenne, Wyo; Stig Hallingbye, Laramie, Wyo; Earle Murphy, Lake Placid; Corky Denisson, St. Paul; Jim Maki, Coleraine; ?Scott Prislinger, Norge; (hidden) Bob Keck, Oconomowoc; John Glasder, Norge; (hidden) Jeff Hammel, Minneapolis; Steve Erkkila, Ishpeming; Don West, Lake Placid; Doug Maki, Coleraine;
Missing: Mark Miles, Ishpeming; Bob Hein, Philadelphia; Luke Soler, St. Paul; Mike Gaboury, St. Paul; Reed Zuehlke, Eau Claire; Gary Silbaugh, Madison;
(The 1998 Championships were lost due to bad weather and no event was scheduled for 1999.)
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