USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships
January 23, 2011
Blackhawk Ski Club, Madison WI

Blackhawk PinOld Boys from far away as Wyoming and New York gathered in southern Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 23 for the 2011 Masters Age Group Championships hosted by the Blackhawk Ski Club. It was the 28th time that this Masters event was held, and the third time that Blackhawk hosted the event at their ski area, west of Middleton. Masters competed in rotation with junior jumpers, both boys and girls, first on the 60 meter hill, then on the 30 and 15 meter jumps. Blackhawk Ski Club volunteers prepared three jumping hills with firm snow on the landings and deep, well iced tracks on the inruns. A bright sun helped to warm up the competitors, officials and spectators as temperatures hovered below 15 degrees.

Enthusiastic Blackhawk volunteer CC Schott (Mom of jumpers Nick and Will) arranged a very nice Masters gathering for Saturday evening in the club house behind the big hill tower. A fire crackled in the big black wood stove as the Old Boys engaged in two of their favorite activities: drinking beer and telling lies. After a pleasant meal of lasagna, salad and pie, the Old Boys began drifting away about 8:30, knowing that Sunday would be a big day, but not before they posed for the annual photo in front of the Masters banner.

The Old Boys at 2011 Nationals Standing (L-R): Scott Smith, Tom Ricchio, Tom Moore, Tim Denisson, Don LeVoir;
Seated: Patrick Kruegel, Joe Berens, Don West.

A new face at the gathering was Don LeVoir (above, far right) from Minneapolis who had jumped until the early 1970s, and recently resumed his jumping after an almost 40 year layoff. He joined long-time Master Don West in Masters V Class for skiers aged 70-79. For the first time in several years, there were no nominees to be inducted into the Master Ski Jumpers Hall of Fame.

On Sunday, Tom Moore decided not to jump and Scott Smith (above, left) honored his commitment to coach his junior jumpers who were trying to qualify for the Central Division team traveling to the Junior Olympic competition in February. Sadly this left only six Masters Competitors to vie for the age group medals. Here are the results of the 2011 Championships.

 

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60 Meter Event
 

       Master-IV   (ages 60-69)




   Athlete Name    Bib  Club/Town

        Dist. Dist  ....Judges Points.....  Jump  Final

        (M.) Points J1   J2   J3   J4   J5  Total Total

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1. Tim Denisson     3    St Paul

        40.5  8.2  12.5 14.0 14.5 13.5 14.0  49.7

        41.0  9.6  14.0 13.5 14.5 13.5 14.0  51.1 100.8









    Master-II (ages 40-49)



1. Patrick Kruegel  1   Minneapolis

        47.0 26.4  13.5 13.5 13.5 14.0 12.5  66.9

        47.0 26.4  14.0 14.0 13.5 13.0 14.5  67.9 134.8



2. Joe Berens       2   Minneapolis

        39.0  4.0  13.0 14.0 13.5 13.5 12.0  44.0

        45.5 22.2  13.5 13.0 13.0 12.5 13.0  61.2 105.2





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USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships
30 Meter Event

      Master-V  (ages 70-79)



   Athlete Name   Bib    Club/Town

        Dist. Dist    Judges Points   Jump  Final

        (M.) Points   J1   J2   J3   Total  Total

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1. Don West        93   Lake Placid

        20.5  22.6   14.0 15.0 14.0   65.6

        22.5  31.4   14.5 15.0 14.0   74.9  140.5



2. Don LeVoir      91   Minneapolis

        21.5  27.0   12.0 14.0 12.0   65.0

        20.5  22.6   13.5 13.0 12.5   61.6  126.6







    Master-IV  (ages 60-69)





1. Tom Ricchio     90     Iola

        28.0  55.6   10.0 14.0 12.5   92.1

        27.0  51.2   12.5 12.5 13.0   89.2  181.3







    Master-II  (ages 40-49)





1. Joe Berens      92   Minneapolis

        26.5  49.0   11.5 11.5 11.0   83.0

        22.0  29.2   13.5 14.5 12.5   69.7  152.7







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USA Masters Ski Jumping National Championships
15 Meter Event

      Master-V  (ages 70-79)
1. Don West        25   Lake Placid

        12.5  51.6    14.0 12.5 10.0  88.1

        11.0  43.2    12.5 13.5 12.0  81.2  169.3



2. Don LeVoir      24   Minneapolis

        12.0  48.8     7.0 10.5 10.0  76.3

        12.5  51.6    13.0 13.0 12.0  89.6  165.9





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