USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships
February 3, 2007
Iola Winter Sports Club, Iola WI

 

COLD!  COLD!  COLD!  COLD!  COLD!
Two Degree Reading! The most powerful memory of the 2007 National Masters Championships in Iola will be the frigid wind which lasted for days, freezing the fingers and numbing the sensations. The official weather report during the competition was two degrees with 30 mph wind. The worst part was climbing the last 30 feet of the big hill tower, above the tree-tops, where the wind had a clear shot at the jumpers’ faces while tugging at the skis on their shoulders. The good news was all the rest: the sunshine, the nice snow, the well-cut tracks, and the wind shelter provided by the large evergreen trees behind and beside the big hill.

Three nice ski jumps

Twenty one Old Boys gathered at the beautiful Iola ski jumping bowl, ringed by five jumps from five meters to sixty meters in size. Seventeen of the jumpers survived training jumps and the oppressive cold to be listed in the final results. By rule, skiers could participate in up to two of the three events: 20, 40 and 60 meter jumping. The score sheet shows five skiers from the east and three from the Rocky Mountains (IMD & RMD) who competed with the Central Division Old Boys.

First year master Wladyslaw Kwak of Norge Ski Club earned the top score on the big hill. Jack Gasienica, back on skis after several years sidelined by a knee injury, picked up where he left off, posting the top score on the 40 meter hill. A long-time Norge jumper, Jack is living in Park City and the environment obviously agrees with him. Welcome back, Jack!

Future Master Ski Jumpers?

Tom Ricchio's Grandchildren The Iola Winter Sports Club deserves a big "Thank You" for picking up the Masters event on short notice when the intended host decided that they were spread too thin and bowed out. Tom Ricchio and the rest of the Iola club members did a great job so that the Masters could compete in good conditions. As in 2003, the hosts folded the Masters events in with the annual Badger State Games and a good time was had by all, in spite of the cold.

The 2007 winter season started badly, with warm weather covering the eastern half of the U.S. Several competitions were postponed or cancelled before cold weather finally arrived. Still very little snow fell, forcing jumping clubs to turn to man-made snow. In spite of all of this, snow conditions in Iola were perfect!

the end of a hard day
Old Boys relax on the snow, watching the day's final jumper come down

When the jumping was over, the Old Boys posed for a group picture and then retired to the Club chalet for their other favorite activity, drinking beers and telling lies.

Food and fellowship
Lasagna and beer for Judge Dale Fredette with
jumpers Tim Denisson of Cheyenne Wyoming,
Joe Berens and Patrick Kruegel of Minneapolis
 
Food and fellowship
From NH, the Lebanon Club Team:
Matt McKenney, Dan Brown and
Jon Farnham (but no Bill Ryan)

 

After a hearty meal, provided by Club volunteers, competitors gathered for awards. The ceremonies closed with the induction of the late Brady Emerson into the Master Ski Jumpers Hall of Fame. Brady almost single-handedly provided ski jumping to generations of kids in Racine Wisconsin, and often brought a carload of youngsters to Iola for practice or competition. One of those kids was Tom Ricchio who made the presentation, and Brady’s son Ken was on hand to accept the Hall of Fame plaque.

Awarding the Plaque
Ken Emerson (left) accepts his father's Hall of Fame plaque from Tom Ricchio


The results below are presented in the order in which the competitions were conducted.

20 Meter Event

Master-II (ages 40-49)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  ROMAN HAWRYLA              17.0 24.8   13.5  14.0  13.0    65.3

   Norge S.C. - Chicago       19.0 33.6   14.0  14.5  13.5    75.6   140.9



2  JIM MYLANDER               15.0 16.0   13.0  12.5  11.5    53.0

   St. Paul Ski Club          15.5 18.2   12.0  12.5  12.5    55.2   108.2

Class 2 on 20 meter hill
Jim Mylander (left) and Roman Hawryla

 
Master-III (ages 50-59)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  TOM MOORE                  17.0 24.8   15.0  14.5  13.5    67.8

   Iola Winter Sports Club    16.0 20.4   15.0  14.5  14.5    64.4   132.2

Class 3 on 20 meter hill
Tom Moore

 
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USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships
40 Meter Event

Master-I (ages 30-39)



   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  PATRICK KRUEGEL            36.5 48.8   14.0  14.5  15.0    92.3

   Minneapolis Ski Club       38.0 53.6   14.5  15.0  15.0    98.1   190.4



2  MATTHEW MCKENNEY           33.5 39.2   13.0  13.0  13.5    78.7

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   33.5 39.2   13.0  13.5  13.0    78.7   157.4



3  BILL RYAN                  31.5 32.8   13.0  14.0  14.0    73.8

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   31.5 32.8   13.5  13.0  13.0    72.3   146.1

Class 1 on 40 meter hill
Bill Ryan,  Patrick Kruegel,  Matt McKenney

 
Master-II (ages 40-49)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  JACK GASIENICA             39.5 58.4   14.0  14.0  14.5   100.9

   NSF Park City              41.5 64.8    9.0  10.0   8.0    91.8   192.7



2  ARNE ERISOTY               36.5 48.8   13.5  13.5  14.5    90.3

   NSF Park City              37.0 50.4   14.5  14.0  13.5    92.4   182.7



3  JOE BERENS                 34.5 42.4   13.0  13.0  13.0    81.4

   Minneapolis Ski Club       35.0 44.0   13.0  13.0  13.5    83.5   164.9



4  DARCY OLIGNEY              34.0 40.8   13.5  14.0  13.0    81.3

   Iola Winter Sports Club    34.0 40.8   14.0  14.0  13.0    81.8   163.1



5  JON FARNHAM                32.0 34.4   15.0  14.5  14.0    77.9

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   32.5 36.0   14.0  14.0  14.0    78.0   155.9



6  DANIEL BROWN               29.5 26.4   12.5  12.5  13.0    64.4

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   27.0 18.4   13.0  13.5  13.0    57.9   122.3

Class 2 on 40 meter hill
D. Brown, J. Farnham, J. Berens, J. Gasienica, A. Erisoty, D. Oligney

 
Master-III (ages 50-59)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  TOM RICCHIO                36.0 47.2   15.5  14.5  15.0    92.2

   Iola Winter Sports Club    37.5 52.0   15.5  15.0  14.5    97.0   189.2



2  TIM DENISSON               35.0 44.0   14.5  14.5  15.0    88.0

   Wyoming Wingnuts           36.0 47.2   11.5  11.0  12.5    82.2   170.2

Class 3 on 40 meter hill
Tom Ricchio, Tim Denisson

 
Master-IV (ages 60-69)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  DON WEST                   27.5 20.0   13.0  13.0  13.5    59.5

   Lake Placid S.C. (NY)      27.5 20.0   13.5  13.0  13.5    60.0   119.5

Class 4 on 40 meter hill
Don West
 
Special Award
Special award for shortest
jumping on the 40 meter hill

 
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USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships
60 Meter Event

Master-I (ages 30-39)



   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  WLADYSLAW KWAK             62.0 64.8    7.0   7.0   6.0    84.8

   Norge S.C. - Chicago       51.0 38.4   15.0  14.5  14.5    82.4   167.2



2  PATRICK KRUEGEL            49.5 34.8   14.0  14.5  14.0    77.3

   Minneapolis Ski Club       50.5 37.2   13.5  13.5  14.0    78.2   155.5



3  MATTHEW MCKENNEY           42.0 16.8   13.5  13.0  13.0    56.3

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   45.5 25.2   13.5  13.0  13.5    65.2   121.5



4  BILL RYAN                  36.0  2.4   13.0  13.0  12.5    40.9

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   37.0  4.8   12.5  12.0  12.5    41.8    82.7

Class 1 on 60 meter hill
B. Ryan,  M. McKenney,  W. Kwak,  P. Kruegel

 
Master-II (ages 40-49)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  JACK GASIENICA             52.0 40.8   15.0  14.0  13.5    83.3

   NSF Park City              49.0 33.6   15.0  14.5  14.0    77.1   160.4



2  JON FARNHAM                45.0 24.0   15.0  14.5  14.0    67.5

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   42.0 16.8   14.5  14.0  14.0    59.3   126.8



3  JOE BERENS                 48.0 31.2   12.0  11.5  12.5    67.2

   Minneapolis Ski Club       42.5 18.0   13.5  13.0  13.0    57.5   124.7



4  DARCY OLIGNEY              47.0 28.8   11.5   9.0  10.0    59.3

   Iola Winter Sports Club    44.5 22.8   13.0  13.0  13.5    62.3   121.6



5  DANIEL BROWN               31.0 -9.6   13.0  13.0  12.5    28.9

   Lebanon Outing Club (NH)   32.0 -7.2   13.0  13.5  13.0    32.3    61.2

Class 2 on 60 meter hill
D. Brown, J. Farnham, J. Berens, J. Gasienica, A. Erisoty, D. Oligney

 
Master-III (ages 50-59)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  TIM DENISSON               38.5  8.4   15.5  15.0  15.5    54.4

   Wyoming Wingnuts           42.5 18.0   15.0  15.0  14.5    62.5   116.9



2  SCOTT IMMENS               41.5 15.6   13.0  12.5  12.5    53.6

   Norge S.C. - Chicago       41.5 15.6   13.5  13.0  13.0    55.1   108.7



3  TOM RICCHIO                45.5 25.2    5.0   5.5   6.0    41.7

   Iola Winter Sports Club    45.0 24.0   14.5  14.0  14.5    67.0   108.7

Class 3 on 60 meter hill
Tim Denisson, Tom Ricchio
(missing - Scott Immens)

 
Master-IV (ages 60-69)




   Athlete Name               Dist dist   --Judge Scores--    Jump   Total

   Ski Club                    (M) pts.   J-1   J-2    J-3    Pts.    Pts.

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1  DON WEST                   31.5 -8.4   13.0  12.5  12.5    29.6

   Lake Placid S.C. (NY)      33.0 -4.8   13.0  13.0  13.0    34.2    63.8

Class 4 on 60 meter hill
Don West

 

 
Happy Masters
LEFT TO RIGHT: JIM MYLANDER 1, DARCY OLIGNEY 29, ARNE ERISOTY, TOM MOORE, JACK GASIENICA 30,
ROMAN HAWRYLA, TIM DENISSON, BOB KECK, TOM RICCHIO, SCOTT IMMENS 33, JOE BERENS,
PATRICK KRUEGEL 24, DON WEST 39, DAN BROWN 28, JON FARNHAM 32, MATT MCKENNEY 26,
BILL RYAN 25.     MISSING: WLADYSLAW KWAK.

See next championship in Chicago or preceding event in St. Paul.

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