USA Masters Ski Jumpers at IMC
Rosters, 1990 to 2009

 
We have looked through our archive of printed IMC results and assembled a roster of U.S. ski jumpers at each IMC since the inaugural 1990 event in Lake Placid. Because our results are not quite complete, and because visual scans can miss names, we may have mistakes in the lists below. Further complicating matters, we have had people traveling with the team with no intention of skiing, and others who intended to ski but did not. Then there are people who submit their advance registrations by then donít come to the IMC. (This was particularly prevalent at the two U.S. IMCís in Lake Placid and in Steamboat Springs.) The team rosters are printed below, with occasional team pictures. You will notice that IMC co-founder and U.S. Masters Chairman Earle Murphy traveled as Team Leader to many of the annual Championships even though his health did not permit him to participate on skis.

 
Team USA at IMC-II in Odnes, NOR, 1991
Team USA at IMC-II
(L-R): Earle Murphy, Tim Denisson, Tom "Corky" Denisson, Todd Brooks, Charlie Niedner, Rick Anderson, Larry Welch, Don West, Ray Aasen, Jeff Hammel, (Missing - Sig Malvik).

 
USA - first host
1990
Lake Placid, USA

Sig Malvik
Ray Aasen
Don West
Jeff Hammel
Toby Ryen
Chuck Berghorn
Doug Kopelke
Tim Denisson
Art Tokle, Jr
Ted Chivers
Stig Hallingbye
Michel Voboril
Jack Hosick
Sven Evensen
Walter Malmquist
John Rand
Mark Levasseur
Jeff Thurston
Charlie Niedner
Peter Claus
Vinnie Panaro

Did not start:
Bob Hein
Paul Bloomer
Bob Swehla
Phil Sanders

NOR - second host 1991
Odnes, NOR

Earle Murphy
Sig Malvik
Ray Aasen
Don West
Jeff Hammel
Corky Denisson
Tim Denisson
Rick Anderson
Charlie Niedner
Larry Welch
Todd Brooks
(see picture above)

plus judge
Sig Evensen

SWE - third host
1992
Svanstein, SWE

Bob Hein
Earle Murphy
FIN - fourth host 1993
Kuopio, FIN

Gary Rasmussen
Mark Miles
Dave Edlund
Rick Anderson
Doug Maki
Tim Denisson
Tom Ricchio
Walt Cherry
Jeff Hammel
Don West
Sig Malvik
Bob Hein
Earle Murphy

plus Tim's friend
Charlie

See
Picture
Below
Look Below

 

Team USA at IMC-IV in Kuopio, FIN, 1993
Team USA at IMC-IV
Front (L-R): Bob Hein, Dave Edlund, Dig Malvik, Earle Murphy, Gary Rasmussen, Tom Ricchio.
Back: Walt Cherry, Don West, Charlie, Rick Anderson, Tim Denisson, Mark Miles, Doug Maki, Jeff Hammel.

 
NOR - 1994 host
1994
Hurdal, NOR

Tom Ricchio
Gary Turner
Don West
Bob Hein
Dale Severson
Stig Hallingbye
Tim Denisson
Dave Engstrom
Dave Edlund
Steve Erkkila
Jeff Homola
Scott Immens

and Earle Murphy
  [ See Report ]

POL - 1995 & 2003 host 1995
Zakopane, POL

Bob Hein
Don West

plus Earle Murphy
and Pete Langlois
 

USA - 1990 & 1996 host
1996
Steamboat Spr.

Bob Hein
Dale Severson
Mark Levasseur
Pete Claus
Dan Schirk
Pat Tuohy
Tim Denisson
Stig Hallingbye
Steve Erkkila
Rick Anderson
Scott Immens
Paul Johnson
John Glasder
Paul Bloomer
Doug Maki
Jack Gasienica
Jeff Homola
Dave Edlund
Mike Jokela
Jim Grahek
Greg Rudolph
Dan Schirk
Scott Smith
Brad Cissone
Don West
Todd Wilson
Todd Scholl

& Earle Murphy
Jim Maki (hurt)
Sig Malvik
Reed Zuehlke
Steven Ritter

SWE - 1992 & 1997 host
1997
Sundsvall, SWE

Bob Hein
Dale Severson
Tim Denisson
Tom Ricchio
Jack Gasienica
and Earle Murphy

 

RUS - 1998 host
1998
Perm, RUS

Tim Denisson
and Earle Murphy

 

EST - 1999 host
1999
Otepaa, EST

Tim Denisson
and Earle Murphy

 
Team USA at IMC-VII in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Feb. 1996
Team USA at IMC-VII

Front (L-R): Dale Severson, Earle Murphy, Scott Smith, Dave Edlund, Stig Hallingbye, Scott Immens, Jeff Homola, Steve Erkkila , Jack Gasienica, Jim Grahek.
Back row: Greg Rudolph, John Glasder, (unidentified), Mark Levasseur (bent down), Mike Jokela, Rick Anderson, Paul Johnson, Dan Schirk, Peter Claus, Don West, Tim Denisson, Slavomir Kardas (bent down).
Missing: Bob Hein, PJ Tuohy, Paul Bloomer, Doug Maki, Jim Maki, Brad Cissone, Todd Wilson, Todd Scholl, Sig Malvik, Reed Zuehlke, Steven Ritter.

 

We see that as we entered the new millenium, the U.S. teams at IMC have been very small, and will remain small. Gone were the days when a dozen Old Boys fly off from USA to Europe to compete and socialize at IMC. During a particularly dark period, the U.S. had teams of just one or two skiers. However, starting in 2004, we see a modest recovery, with teams of four to six.


History in the Making in Rognan, NOR, 2000

The first ten years of IMC involved teams of Old Boys only from the northern band of ski jumping nations: USA, CAN, NOR, SWE, FIN, EST, RUS. Even the 1995 IMC in Zakopane, POL didn't attract skiers from central Europe. Later, a chance phone call from ski historian Jens Jahn brought us in contact with one German Master, Kurt Brausse, described by Jens as "a fine sportsman." It was our great delight in the small airport building in Bødø, Norway, west of Rognan, to trip over a ski bag bearing the name "Kurt Brausse." It turned out that just two German Masters had made the trip to Rognan: Kurt Brausse, the "fine sportsman", and Klaus Günther, who went on to serve as IMC Committee chairman for five years. At IMC 2000 in Rognan, the team competition used five-man teams and the three U.S. jumpers had the honor of joining with the first two Germans at IMC to form an international team for that competition. Here is the team.

USA-Germany Team in Rognan
L-R: Bart Lockhart, Klaus Günther, Don West, Tim Denisson, Kurt Brausse.

 
From the Rognan IMC, Kurt and Klaus went to Harrachov, CZ which has hosted a one day jump for Masters, the annual Veteraniada, where they spread the news about IMC. The following year, a larger team of German Masters skied in Rovaniemi, Finland, as did a four man team from the Czech Republic. The Czechs brought with them a bid to host the 2002 IMC in Harrachov, where the trickle of Old Boys from central Europe became a flood and participation doubled. As of 2009, we have welcomed Masters from 21 nations to the IMC family.

NOR - 2000 host
2000
Rognan, NOR

Don West
Tim Denisson
Bart Lockhart

FIN - 2001 host 2001
Rovaniemi, FIN

Don West
Scott Smith
Bart Lockhart
& Bill Gilgenbach

CZE - 2002 host
2002
Harrachov, CZE
Don West

POL - 1995 & 2003 host
2003
Zakopane, POL
Tim Denisson
Don West

GER - 2004 host
2004
Reit im Winkl,
GER

Tim Denisson
Stig Hallingbye
Tom Ricchio
Darcy Oligney
Don West

AUT - 2005 host
2005
Villach, AUT

Don West
Tom Ricchio
Tim Denisson
Mike Jokela
Darcy Oligney

SLO - 2006 host
2006
Kranj, SLO

Tim Denisson
Mike Jokela
Trevor Taylor
Patrick Kruegel
Joe Berens
Don West

GER - 2007 host
2007
Hinterzarten,
GER

Patrick Kruegel
Tom Ricchio
Darcy Oligney
Don West
cancelled:
Tim Denisson
Stig Hallingbye
Mike Jokela

FIN - 2008 host
2008
Taivalkoski, FIN

Jack Gasienica
Don West

GER - 2009 host
2009
Ruhpolding,
GER

Tim Denisson
Tom Ricchio
Jack Gasienica
Don West
[ See Report ]

In the first 20 IMC's only two U.S. skiers have competed in more than half. Tim Denisson has competed fourteen times and Don West has participated in sixteen of the twenty IMC's, bringing home 20 medals: 4 Gold, 10 Silver and 6 Bronze. (But he rushes to point out that 17 of the 20 medals were awarded for last place in his age group.)

 
SLO - 2010 host
2010
Ziri & Kranj, SLO

No U.S. Skiers - sad !

 

Harrachov - 2002 & 2011 host 2011
Harrachov, CZE

Jack Gasienica

POL - 2012 host
2012
Szczyrk, POL

Jack Gasienica

 

RUS - 2013 host
2013
Chaikovsky, RUS

No U.S. Skiers - sad!

ROM - 2014 host
2014
Rasnov, Romania was scheduled to host the 2014 IMC. The program was set, entries were made, everything was ready except for snow. A warm winter melted any old snow and made it impossible to make artificial snow. After much discussion, IMC-2014 was cancelled.
Tim Denisson and Jack Gasienica had planned to participate.

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