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May 10 to May 24, 1998

We often hear that there is too much politics in ski jumping, or in sports in general. Yes, politics in ski jumping is common, but ski jumping is rare in politics.

But ski jumping has entered national politics, at least once. A centerfold picture in Life magazine shows a skier in mid-flight. Not a ski jumper, but a politician who siezed on an opportunity for visibility at a ski jumping tournament. The jumper was not the candidate, in fact he wasn't even a jumper, just a recreational skier, but by taking one jump off the 40 meter hill, he earned an opportunity to take the microphone and make a pitch for his candidate for U.S. President. More significant, of course, was the photo opportunity, which led to the centerfold in Life Magazine.
(In a gesture which was at least half facetious, officials offered equal time to supporters of opposing candidates who wanted to borrow jumping skis and come down the slide.)

  1. Who was Presidential candidate who was so bravely supported?

    John F. Kennedy, campaigning for the Democratic Primary election

  2. Who was the supporter who put his body on the line for his candidate?

    His brother, Teddy Kennedy

  3. When and where did all this take place?

    1960 in Madison WI, on the Blackhawk Ski Club K-45 jump

This is a History Project item. We ask anyone with information or personal recollections of this event to submit them, so that we may document this interesting event before it passes from memory.

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Week 17-18: April 26 to May 9:

The 1998 National Champions, Randy Weber and Todd Lodwick, had both been champions before. But who has been U.S. National Champion most often?

List all the jumpers with more than two national titles, and give the number of wins for each one.

A quick count shows that eight skiers were crowned twice as national champion and twelve more were top dog at least three times. It is natural to divide history into two periods because since 1981, most years saw two national champions named: the normal hill champion and the large hill champion. This gave competitors twice as many chances to win the title.

THE RECENT PERIOD (two champions per season)

  • Three times champion
    • Mark Konopacke

  • Four times champion
    • Jeff Hastings

  • Five times champion
    • Mike Holland
    • Randy Weber

  • Six times champion
    • Jim Holland

THE EARLIER YEARS (one champion per season)

  • Three times champion
    • Ragnar Omvedt
    • Casper Oimoen
    • Ansten Samuelstuen
    • Gene Kotlarek
    • Jerry Martin

  • Four times champion
    • Anders Haugen

  • Seven times champion!
    • Lars Haugen

For more details, see lists of National Champions.

Week sixteen: April 19 to 25:

The snow is gone, but the ski jumping season is not over!
For 25 years or more, ski jumping has been a year 'round sport, with summer jumping on plastic landing surfaces. This week's question introduces you to a History Project, delving into the early developments in summer jumping.

  1. Where was the first modern plastic surface in the U.S.?

    Madison WI, on the Blackhawk Ski Club K-65 jump

  2. Who created this first plastic hill?

    The project was spearheaded by Bill Bakke

  3. What were his prior skiing achievements?

    Bill was U.S. National Champion in 1970, and he jumped in the Grenoble Olympics, just to name a couple of high points.
    (Later he became coach of the Canadian Jumping Team in the heady days of Horst Bulau and Steve Collins.)

  4. Where is he now?

    Bill is venue manager at Canadian Olympic Park, the ski jump and bobsled complex on the western edge of Calgary.

Week fifteen: April 12 to 18:

Another question from this year's National Championships in Steamboat Springs.

Nordic combined skier Todd Lodwick won the Large Hill Special Jump.

How many times in the "modern era" has the National Special Jump crown been won by a Nordic Combined specialist?
Give the year and the skier for each occurrence.

Note: "modern era" means those years since our National Championships have been restricted to Americans. (Do you know when that was?) In the old days, ski champions were real men. In the 1930's, a skier might win a jumping championship and a few weeks later, win an alpine championship. Even more common was for a skier, usually a Norwegian, to win both the jumping and the special cross country titles.

Mike Devecka      LH  1978
Walter Malmquist  NH  1980
Ryan Heckman      LH  1991
Todd Lodwick      LH  1994
Todd Lodwick      LH  1998

(The last year that European jumpers were permitted to compete in the U.S. National Championships was 1950.)

Weeks 13 & 14: March 29 to April 11:

Another question from this year's National Championships in Steamboat Springs.
In addition to the overall champions, we recognize champions in several special classes.

Name the champions in:

  • Womens Class
  • Junior Class
  • Masters Class
in each of the competitions:
  • Normal Hill
  • Large Hill
  • Nordic Combined
(up to nine winners in all).

1998 National Champions by class and event:
  • Junior Class
    • Normal Hill
      Bill Demong
    • Large Hill
      Alan Alborn
    • Nordic Combined
      Bill Demong
  • Womens Class
    • Normal Hill
      Lindsey Van
    • Large Hill
      Senior: Karla Keck
      Junior: Lindsey Van
    • Nordic Combined
      Molly Stone
  • Masters Class:
    no Masters skiers entered the 1998 National Championships.

Week twelve: March 22 to 28:

The 1998 ski jumping and nordic combined National Championships just finished in Steamboat Springs.

Name the gold, silver and bronze medal winners in the Normal Hill, the Large Hill, and the Nordic Combined competitions (nine in all).

Nordic Combined, top three:
  1. Todd Lodwick
  2. Tim Tetreault
  3. Bill Demong
Normal Hill jump, top three:
  1. Randy Weber
  2. Casey Colby
  3. Bill Demong
Large Hill jump, top three:
  1. Todd Lodwick
  2. Randy Weber
  3. Casey Colby

Rennie Watt (CAN) and Larry Stone were perfect!

Ryan McKeon missed just one. We see that Ryan is doing his flyin' on the web while he recovers from his JO crash.
Get well Ryan, see you soon!

Week Eleven: March 15 to 21:

Here is a question contributed by a person who has been part of the Eastern ski jumping community since the 1950's. We are assuming that his information is correct.

Since 1940, only two ski jumpers have represented the USA in three Olympic Games. Can you name them?

Pete Langlois tells us that between 1940 and 1960, only Art Devlin jumped in three Olympics. From 1960 to the present, only Tad Langlois did it the triple.


Matt Tainter & Yanicka Lunde of Westby, WI got Art Devlin

Rennie Watt said: "Tad Langlois is one...1988, 1992 1994"

Bob Rollins, newly wired, got both. Welcome to the Web World, Bob.

Larry Stone got both, and pointed out that Devlin jumped in FOUR games, and that Art Tokle almost jumped in three
(but that is another story, for another day).

Week ten: March 8 to 14:

The Junior Olympics finished a week ago in Ishpeming, Michigan.

  1. Who won the Junior I Special Jump?
    Hartman Rector

  2. Tell the locations of the three previous Junior Olympic competitions, and
  3. Tell the winners of the Junior I Special Jump each of these years.

  • 1997 Park City, Johnny Spillane
  • 1996 L. Placid, Taylor Hoffman
  • 1995 Steamboat, Matt Keuler

Bob Keuler got them all!

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