USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships
January 28-29, 2006
30 meter, 46 meter & 70 meter
St. Paul Ski Club (with the Minneapolis Ski Club)

On Saturday, January 28, the St. Paul Ski Club hosted the 2006 U.S. Masters Age Group Championships at their wonderful four-jump facility at Carver's Lake. Eighteen skiers from three divisions competed for medals on the 30 and 46 meter jumps. The weekend was completed on Sunday afternoon when the Minneapolis Ski Club welcomed jumpers with a big hill flair to join in their annual 70 meter competition.

St. Paul 46 meter hill
K-46 with K-30 visible through trees
 
St. Paul 30 meter hill
K-30 with K-46 visible through trees

Mother nature was not kind, either to the hosts or the skiers. A long thaw left very little snow in the countryside, but man-made snow is very durable and all hills were in good shape in spite of the rain which fell on Saturday afternoon. The Masters competition was scheduled for Saturday evening to enable skiers to travel from Madison after the Blackhawk meet, but as it turned out, nobody did the double.

Bob Keck, Carol Keck and Ken Anderson
Bob Keck (left) and Ken Anderson
(right) chatting with Carol Keck.
They both decided not to ski.
 
Inspecting the Masters banner
John Werler (front), Patrick Kruegel
(center) and Joe Berens (right)
inspect the Masters banner.

Most of the Old Boys got plenty of jumping as both the 30 and 46 meter hills were open for training all day Saturday with a rope tow serving the hills. The motto of the event was "The older we get, the better we were" and between practice sessions and in periods of heavy rain, jumpers past and present retired to the pleasant Club chalet to reminisce and swap tall tales.

Ready for Competition
Darcy Oligney, Tom Moore and Don West
 
Ready for Competition
Tom Ricchio and Terry Holmgren

By six o'clock, competition time, the rains had let up to a misty sprinkle and skiers in four ten-year age groups began the evening on the delightful 30 meter hill with its world class tower and starts. When the small hill competition was finished, activity moved to the 46 meter Harrington Hill where fifteen skiers competed, again in four age groups. Both tracks were straight and smooth and speed was adequate and steady on both tracks and landings.

Earle Murphy
Judges Archie Lowman and Ole Arneson
 
Archie and Ole!
Earle Murphy

When the jumping was finished, everybody moved back into the chalet for awards, fellowship and food. Hosts layed out a small buffet while soggy jumpers changed into dry clothes, and the social aspect of Old Boys ski jumping shifted into high gear. About nine o'clock, people moved upstairs for awards. First on the agenda was the induction ceremony into the Masters Ski Jumpers Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame was established by long-time Masters jumper Earle Murphy who traveled to St. Paul from his New Jersey home to assist in the ceremony, directed by Tim Denisson. Tim started by asking Don West to read the names of the fifteen prior inductees:

  • Petter Denisson, St. Paul, father of Tim and Corky
  • John Viscome, long-time coach of Lake Placid junior jumpers
  • Alan Sargent who ran the Brattleboro VT program for thirty years
  • Phil Dunham, National Veterans Champion, nine-time Eastern Veterans Champion
  • Luke Soler who jumped into his 70's in St. Paul
  • Johnny Lyons, champion and great supporter of St. Paul Ski Club
  • Ingvar " Ole" Arneson, Sr., Wisconsin Rapids, champion, Tri-Norse Club leader
  • Aurele Legere, backbone of the Chisholm Ski Club in Rumford ME
  • Earle Murphy, champion, co-founder of the International Masters Championships
  • Sig Evensen, judge, TD, hill preparer and great supporter of the sport
  • Lloyd "Snowball" Severud, National Champion and Olympic Coach
  • Bob Hein of Philadelphia with many wins in National and IMC events
  • Sig Malvik, champion, organizer in Iola, WI
  • Bob Immens, jumper, judge, coach and Dad in the Norge Ski Club, Chicago
  • Carl Howelsen who brought ski jumping to Steamboat Springs, CO
Tim presented this year's first new Hall of Fame inductee, Ed Brisson of Minneapolis. Ed was a long time Veterans Class jumper who went on to coach in the Minneapolis Ski Club and then work his way up through divisional and national levels to become Olympic ski jumping coach. When his official coaching service ended, Ed continued as a top level hill preparer and TD. He has made a huge contribution to the sport.

The second new inductee, St. Paul's Wally Wakefield, was introduced by Phil "Moose" Sanders, who described with words and pictures the many ways in which Wally contributed to the Ski Club and to the sport, including creating a summer water jump and writing "On Wings of Wood", a history of the St. Paul Ski Club.

Ed Brisson
Ed Brisson
 
Wally Wakefield
Wally Wakefield (and Tim)
 
Corky and Tim
Corky and Tim Denisson

Don West then asked Tim for the floor and surprised the MC by introducing two more new inductees, brothers Tom "Corky" Denisson and Tim Denisson, sons of the very first inductee, Petter Denisson. Tim was even wearing his dad's old white hat which he wears only on very special ski jumping occasions.

Don called Corky "Mr. Master Jumper", National Champion on the big hills as well as the Age Group meets, IMC medalist who is probably the oldest skier ever to jump the Copper Peak ski flying hill in Ironwood, MI. He did it all!

Younger brother Tim went from U.S. Ski Team athlete to USST coach but never quit his own jumping. He has more Masters Age Group gold medals than any other jumper, even Earle Murphy, and has several IMC medals. He served as IMC Chairman and is presently U.S. Masters Chairman.

Corky, Wally, Tim and Ed
Masters Ski Jumpers Hall of Fame, Class of 2006:
Corky Denisson, Wally Wakefield, Tim Denisson and Ed Brisson

Web-Weaver Ken Anderson After Hall of Fame ceremonies, and before the jumping medals were presented, Club MC John Lyons made a few presentations to workers and supporters, including a medal to Ken Anderson (right) who has done so much for Central Jumping by creating and maintaining the web site SkiJumpingCentral.com. At this Masters event, Lyons called the medal a (web)Masters award.

Overall winner on the small hill was 57 year old Tom Ricchio of Iola, the only skier to pass the 80 foot mark. When Terry Holmgren of Ishpeming, the oldest jumper on the 30 meter hill, accepted his gold medal, he turned to the audience and reported that he had suffered a heart attack and undergone quadruple bypass surgury just last October, but that he wanted to ski in one more National Championship. Other class winners were Joe Berens (M-II, Minneapolis) and Bill Ryan (M-I, Lebanon NH). A new face on the small hill was Tom Moore who jumped years ago as a junior with the Navarino (WI) Ski Club and has recently resumed his interest in the sport.

 

Results of 30 Meter Jumping in St. Paul

Conditions:
  • Temp: 35
  • Wind: calm
  • Light rain
Judges:
  1. Ole Arneson
  2. Archie Lowman
  3. Kurt Schulstad      




 AGE CLASS 

  Athlete Name          Ski Club          bib

                  Dist Dist    Judges Scores  Style Total  Final

                  (ft) Pts.    J-1  J-2  J-3   pts   pts   total

 ---------------------------------------------------------------

 Masters 4 (Ages 60-69)

1. TERRY HOLMGREN Ishpeming  

                   62  34.8   13.5 14.5 13.0  41.0   75.8

                   66  40.4   15.5 13.5 13.5  42.5   82.9  158.7





 Masters 3 (Ages 50-59)

1. TOM RICCHIO      Iola       

                   80  60.0   15.0 15.0 14.5  44.5  104.5

                   84  65.6   15.5 15.5 15.5  46.5  112.1  216.6



2. TOM MOORE        Iola       

                   44   9.6   12.0 10.0 11.5  33.5   43.1

                   38   1.2   11.0 11.0 11.5  33.5   34.7   77.8





 Masters 2 (Ages 40-49)

1. JOE BERENS    Minneapolis      

                   77  55.8   13.5 12.0 13.5  39.0   94.8

                   77  55.8   13.0 13.5 13.5  40.0   95.8  190.6



2. DARCY OLIGNEY    Iola       

                   74  51.6   14.5 14.5 14.0  43.0   94.6

                   65  39.0   14.5 14.5 13.5  42.5   81.5  176.1



3. DAN BROWN       Lebanon                

                   63  36.2   13.5 12.5 12.5  38.5   74.7

                   68  43.2   13.5 12.0 12.5  38.0   81.2  155.9



4. JIM MYLANDER    St. Paul    

                   23 -19.8   10.0 10.0 10.0  30.0   10.2

                   26 -15.6   10.0 10.0 10.0  30.0   14.4   24.6





 Masters 1 (Ages 30-39)

1. BILL RYAN       Lebanon                

                   69  44.6   13.5 13.0 12.0  38.5   83.1

                   67  41.8   12.5 12.5 12.5  37.5   79.3  162.4





 
On the 46 meter hill, gold medals went to Patrick Kruegel (M-I, Minneapolis), overall winner and many time champion Scott Smith (M-II, Norge S.C.), Tom Ricchio (M-III, Iola) and Don West (M-IV, Lake Placid, at 68, the oldest competitor on the weekend). New Master Richard Tonkin traveled down from Thunder Bay in Canada to join in the fun, though by rule, he competed as a guest and could not take home a U.S. Masters title. The gang also welcomed a new team of three jumpers from the Lebanon Outing Club in New Hampshire.

 

Results of 46 Meter Jumping in St. Paul




 AGE CLASS 

  Athlete Name          Ski Club          bib

                  Dist Dist    Judges Scores  Style Total  Final

                  (ft) Pts.    J-1  J-2  J-3   pts   pts   total

 ---------------------------------------------------------------

 Masters 4 (Ages 60-69)

1. DON WEST     Lake Placid     

                   77  -6.6   13.0 12.5 12.5  38.0   31.4

                   76  -7.5   12.5 13.0 13.0  38.5   31.0   62.4





 Masters 3 (Ages 50-59) 

1. TOM RICCHIO     Iola                 

                  119  31.2   14.5 14.5 13.5  42.5   73.7

                  113  25.8   15.0 15.0 14.0  44.0   69.8  143.5



2. TIM  DENISSON  St Paul    

                  114  26.7   15.0 14.5 15.0  44.5   71.2

                  114  26.7   14.5 15.0 14.0  43.5   70.2  141.4



3. RICK ANDERSON   ITASCA     

                  111  24.0   15.0 15.0 14.5  44.5   68.5

                  109  22.2   14.0 15.0 14.5  43.5   65.7  134.2



4. DOUG   MAKI     ITASCA       

                  103  16.8   15.0 14.0 15.0  44.0   60.8

                  102  15.9   14.0 15.0 14.0  43.0   58.9  119.7





 Masters 2 (Ages 40-49) 

1. SCOTT SMITH     Norge                

                  135  45.6   16.0 17.0 16.0  49.0   94.6

                  133  43.8   16.0 16.5 16.5  49.0   92.8  187.4



2. JOHN WERLER  Minneapolis                

                  120  32.1   14.0 13.5 13.5  41.0   73.1

                  119  31.2   14.0 14.0 13.5  41.5   72.7  145.8



3. MARK WINDISCH  St. Paul     

                  106  19.5   14.0 14.0 14.0  42.0   61.5

                  104  17.7   14.0 14.0 13.5  41.5   59.2  120.7



4. JON FARNHAM    Lebanon                 

                  100  14.1   12.5 13.5 13.5  39.5   53.6

                  102  15.9   13.0 13.5 13.5  40.0   55.9  109.5



5. JOE BERENS   Minneapolis       

                  105  18.6   12.0 13.0 13.0  38.0   56.6

                  101  15.0   12.0 13.0 12.5  37.5   52.5  109.1



6. DAN BROWN       Lebanon                 

                   91   6.0   12.0 12.5 12.0  36.5   42.5

                   94   8.7   12.5 13.0 12.5  38.0   46.7   89.2



7. DARCY OLIGNEY    Iola       

                   90   5.1   13.0 12.0 13.0  38.0   43.1

                   90   5.1   13.0 12.5 13.0  38.5   43.6   86.7





 Masters 1 (Ages 30-39)

1. R1CHARD TONKIN Thunder Bay    

                  113  25.8   14.0 14.0 14.0  42.0   67.8

                  135  45.6   16.0 15.0 15.5  46.5   92.1  159.9



2. PATRICK KRUEGEL Minneapolis     

                  106  19.5   12.0 13.0 13.0  38.0   57.5

                  104  17.7   12.5 13.0 13.5  39.0   56.7  114.2



3. BILL RYAN       Lebanon                

                   88   3.3   12.0 12.0 12.5  36.5   39.8

                   95   9.6   12.0 12.5 13.0  37.5   47.1   88.9

(The results above were lost for several years but they are found again thanks to Jens Jahn, an instiable collector of ski jumping results who scanned his paper copies and emailed the two .pdf files from his home in Dresden GER. Thanks Jens!)

 
With awards finished, the Old Boys shifted into social mode, drinking beers and telling lies until well after midnight.

Minneapolis K-70 jump The last official Masters activity of the weekend was on the Minneapolis 70 meter jump (right) on Sunday afternoon. Wet surface and snow spitting from the gray sky made the prospect of jumping not very appealing to most of the Old Boys and while conditions were really quite acceptable, in the end, home hill advantage prevailed, as the only two Masters to compete were the two Minneapolis Ski Club members, Joe Berens and Patrick Kruegel who had scores of training rides on the hill this season.

Well, not quite! A well known skier but brand new Master registered in the Womens Class. She was Karla Keck of Oconomowoc, who easily won the overall women's competition. In recent years, the National Championships (for elite skiers) are competed in a single class, with Junior medalists identified after the fact. Similarly, we identify skiers of Masters age (30+) and name Masters big hill champions. A separate womens competition is held, using different starts. This year at the Steamboat Springs Nationals, Karla was the only skier, male or female, over 30 years of age and so is the National Masters Champion on both the Normal Hill (K-90) and the Large Hill (K-114). And now she is also the K-70 Masters National Champion. Congratulations Karla, and welcome!
(Karla has been a pioneer of women's ski jumping all her life and it would be nice to report that she has the honor of being the first female at our Masters Championships but that honor goes to adult beginner Lisa Smith who slid off the ten meter jump at Norge in 2005.)

 

Results of 70 Meter Jumping in Minneapolis




 AGE CLASS 

  Athlete Name          Ski Club          bib

          Dist Dist   --- Judges Scores ----  Style Total  Final

          (m)  Pts    J-1  J-2  J-3  J-4 J-5   pts   pts   total

 ---------------------------------------------------------------

 Masters 2 (Ages 40-49)

1 Joe Berens        Minneapolis Ski Club  117 

          42.0 -1.6  13.5 14.0 13.5 13.5 13.0  40.5  38.9 

          41.5 -2.7  12.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0  39.0  36.3   75.2





 Masters 1 (Ages 30-39)

1 Patrick Kruegel  Minneapolis Ski Club   120 

          44.5  3.9  15.0 13.5 14.5 14.0 14.0  42.5  46.4

          46.0  7.2  12.5 13.0 13.5 13.0 13.0  39.0  46.2   92.6





 Masters 1 Ladies  (Ages 30-39)

1 Karla Keck       Oconomowoc Ski Club    113

          64.0 46.8  16.0 16.5 17.0 17.0 16.0  49.5  96.3

          63.5 45.7  16.0 16.0 16.0 15.5 16.0  48.0  93.7  190.0

 
Joe Berens
Joe Berens (M-II)
 
Patrick Kruegel
Patrick Kruegel (M-I)
 
Karla Keck
Karla Keck (M-I)

 

Masters gang at St. Paul, 2006
MASTERS SKI JUMPERS AT ST. PAUL (L-R) Front (kneeling): Jim Mylander.
Standing, front row: Doug Maki, Patrick Kruegel, Richard Tonkin, Darcy Oligney,
Tom Ricchio, John Werler, Scott Smith, Terry Holmgren.
Back row: Tim Denisson, Bill Ryan, Dan Brown, Jon Farnham, Mark Windisch,
(obscured) Rick Anderson, Tom Moore, Don West, Joe Berens.

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