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2 — The Daily News, Iron Mountain-Kingsford, Michigan Wednesday, February 9, 2011

American Olympic jumpers to compete at Pine Mountain By RON DEUTER Sports Writer IRON MOUNTAIN — The best of American ski jumping will be on display this weekend as an eight-man U.S. team is scheduled to compete here in what is the only international ski jumping competition in the states this season. While international ski jumpers have historically performed at a much higher level than their U.S. counterparts, American ski jumping is on the rise. Don’t be surprised if someone representing this country finds his way into the top 10, or better, this weekend. A rededication to excellence has occurred in American ski jumping with the formation of the USA Ski Jumping (USASJ) in 2010. The USASJ was started by a group of supporters, with the blessing of the U.S. Ski Team, to develop and fund ski jumpers. It is the goal of the USASJ program to win another Olympic or World Championship medal within the next 14 years.

A lofty goal for sure, but far from impossible. During the 2009-10 season, three different U.S. ski jumpers scored World Cup points, more than any U.S. team since 1986. At the Vancouver games last year, the average age of the ski jump medal winners was 27 years old. The average age of the men of USASJ is just over 20. Pete Frenette, Anders Johnson and Nick Alexander, who represented the U.S. at the 2010 Vancouver Games, will all be in the field here Saturday. Other Team USA jumpers here this

weekend include Alex Haupt, Trevor Wert, Chris Lamb, Mike Glasder and Nick Fairall. Johnson, Haupt, Wert and Glasder (from Cary, Ill.) all have previous Pine Mountain experience. Frenette, 18, who took his first ski jumps off a K18 meter jump in Lake Placid, N.Y. at age 6, might be team USA’s best threat to crack the top 10 or even land on the podium. He placed second at a Continental Cup event at Sapporo, Japan last month, taking 18th among the World Cup jumpers a week later (Continued on page three)

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...Top U.S. jumpers coming to Pine Mountain (Continued from page two) at the same hill — the best U.S. World Cup finish in over seven years. This will be his first go at the Giant Pine. “I've heard (Pine Mountain) is a really fun jump where you can have some long jumps,” Frenette said in an e-mail to The Daily News. “I’ve also heard it gets pretty windy but the competitions are always fun with huge crowds. So I’m excited to compete there. “If I have good jumps I know I can compete for a podium spot, so I’m excited to see what happens.” After jumping here, Frenette will head back to Europe for some more Continental Cup events before heading to Oslo, Norway .at the end of the month where he will be the lone American male at the Ski Jumping World Championships. “Peter has had a bit of a breakthrough year and we are looking to continue his development and education as an athlete,” USA Ski Jumping Coach Clint Jones said in a recent U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association press release. “He has shown that at any moment he is capable of long jumps that can compete with the best in the world.” But Frenette isn’t the only American who stands a chance to do well here this weekend. Johnson placed 12th at Pine Mountain during the 2005 competition. He became the youngest U.S. Olympic ski jumper in history when he made the 2006 team at age 16. Just six months removed from major knee surgery and still trying to regain his form, Johnson placed 25th in last year’s one-day event. Alexander, the 2010 U.S. champion, has been a regular qualifier in the World Cup.

‘I've heard (Pine Mountain) is a really fun jump where you can have some long jumps.’ He’s spent the past few weeks training at Lake Placid. On his web site, he lists a podium in a Continental Cup as one of his three goals for the 2010-2011 season. In a blog entry on his site from a few weeks ago, Alexander talks about working with a sports psychologist over the past month. “I finally took the plunge and decided to

stay focused on the sports psych part of ski jumping,” he says in the blog entry. “In the past I haven’t taken it seriously and I feel like it has held me back. Now that I am working consistently on mental training I feel it is already making a difference.” Lamb, a native of New Hampshire, placed 25th and 30th at a Continental Cup event at Bischofshofen, Austria, two weeks ago, a competition swept by Stefan Thurnbichler. “With a 30th place on Saturday, and finishing off with a 25th place result on Sunday, I proved to myself that my level of jumping has improved greatly since last year,” Lamb said on his web site following the Austria trip. While nobody knows what the weather will do Saturday and Sunday, one certainty heading into this competition is that the American jumpers are ready to put on a show on their home turf. Ron Deuter’s e-mail address is rdeuter@ironmountaindailynews.com.

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Huge crowd Close to 10,000 fans — the largest crowd in several years — packed Pine Mountain for the Saturday 2010 competition. Sustained winds of 10-20 miles per hour canceled jumping on Sunday. Manuel Fettner of Austria took first place, edging Andreas Stjernen of Norway by four points. The ski slide was completed late in 1938, and the first tournament was held in early 1939. Stefan Thurnbichler of Austria currently holds the hill record. He flew 471 feet in 2009.

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Manuel Fettner of Austria took first place at Pine Mountain in 2010 with a jump of 463 feet. Competition was canceled on Sunday in 2010 due to high winds.

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50 jumpers from 10 countries to participate at giant Pine Mountain By RON DEUTER Sports Writer IRON MOUNTAIN — The 2011 Island Resort and Casino Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Championships will feature one of the largest and most talented fields of ski jumpers the competition has seen in a number of years. More than 50 jumpers from 10 countries are slated to compete at the two-day event. The roster includes three former Pine Mountain champions (including the current hill record holder) and the entire 2010 U.S. Olympic team. With the Continental Cup season quickly coming to a close, the stop here — the only international ski jumping event in the United States this season — is of crucial importance in the point standings. Eight of the top 15 athletes in the Continental Cup point standings will jump here. Leading that list is long-time Pine Mountain fan favorite Stefan Thurnbichler of Austria. Thurnbichler began February as the points leader in the Continental Cup standings. He last jumped here in 2009 when he shattered the hill record with a leap of 471 feet, finishing second overall that year. Thurnbichler won at Pine Mountain in 2008. The winner of that 2009 competition, Austria’s Lukas Muller, returns to the hill this year after skipping 2010. And Sweden’s Isak Grimholm, a Saturday winner in

2007, is also coming back. Grimholm is the last winner Pine Mountain has seen from a country other than Austria. Beginning with a Sunday win in 2007, Austria has not moved from the top of the podium at Pine Mountain. Other jumpers near the top of the Continental Cup standings scheduled to compete here include Austria’s Mario Innauer (ninth) and Slovenia’s Matjaz Pungertar (second), Rok Zima (fourth), Matic Kramarsic (sixth), Jure Sinkovec (T-14th), Dejan Judez (T-14th) and Robert Hrgota (16th). Austria, Slovenia, Germany and the

United States will have eight jumpers in competition. Six Polish jumpers are scheduled to jump. Norway and Finland send three each. Czech Republic has four athletes. Two jumpers will come from Sweden, and Canada plans to send at least one person. Team USA includes 2010 Olympians Anders Johnson, Peter Frenette and Nick Alexander. Frenette, 18, placed second in a Continental Cup event at Sapporo, Japan in early January, finishing 18th at the same hill a week later in a World Cup event. He sits 30th overall in the Continental Cup (Continued on page seven)

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Stefan Thurnbichler of Austria, who set a hill record in 2009, will compete in this year’s Island Resort and Casino Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Championships.

(Continued from page six) points standings. Also representing the U.S. is Chris Lamb, who just a few weeks ago placed 30th and

25th at a Continental Cup competition at Bischofshofen, Austria — an event swept by Thurnbichler. The other U.S. jumpers scheduled to compete include Alex Haupt,

Trevor Wert, Mike Gladsner and Nick Fairall. Ron Deuter’s e-mail address is rdeuter@ironmountaindailynews.com

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Pine Mountain ski jumping statistics Class

Rider Distance —1939— A— Jim Hendrickson, Eau Claire.............247-250 B— George Miron, Kiwanis............ ..........228-239 C— Robert Myrand, Ishpeming.................218-197 Sr.— Walter Brottlund, Kiwanis................163-169 —1940— A— Ted Zoberski, Ironwood.....................264-245 B— Jim Running, Eau Claire.....................236-240 C— Ralph Bietila, Ishpeming.....................185-183 Sr.— George Gunderson, Chicago..............172-183 —1941— A— Walt Bietila, Madison..........................236-256 B— Jim Ronning, Beloit.............................222-220 C— Ralph Bietila, Ishpeming......................221-212 Sr.— Ernie Jacobson, Chicago....................171-179 —1942— A— Torger Tokle, New York......................281-289 B— Charles Sedivec, Madison....................250-247 B— Ralph Thorsen, Chicago.......................250-247 C— Ralph Bietila, Ishpeming......................261-260 Sr.— Leonard Bietila, Ishpeming................225-238 —1946— A— Walter Bietila, Ishpeming....................246-243 B— Ralph Bietila, Ishpeming......................229-223 C— George Pera, Kiwanis...........................227-202 Sr.— Ernie Jacobson, Chicago....................177-183 —1947— A— Joe Perrault, Ishpeming........................201-207 B— Ralph Thorsen, Kiwanis.......................175-197 C— Wilbur Rasmussen, Ishpeming.............168-190 Sr.—(No entries) —1948— A— Walter Bietila, Kiwanis........................265-279 B— Bob Carli, Ironwood........................... .256-252 C— Billy Olson, Eau Claire........................271-279 Sr.— Marty Wingness, Chicago..................201-219 —1949— John Mitchell Ronning Tournament A— Joe Perrault, Ishpeming........................293-297 B— George Pera, Kingsford...................... 268-278 C— John Bednarz, Iron Mountain...............267-285 Sr.— Howard Jansen, Chicago....................220-253 Kiwanis Tournament A— Walter Bietila, Iron Mountain..............270-270

Class

Rider

Distance

B— Dave Freeman, Iron Mountain.............261-270 C— John Bednarz, Iron Mountain...............259-277 Sr.— Marty Wingness, Chicago..................202-200 —1950— Pine Mountain Invitational A— Billy Olson, Eau Claire........................249-222 B— Don Packmeyer, Ironwood...................230-218 (Only classes to compete) Kiwanis Tournament A— Wilbur Rasmussen, Ishpeming............279-278 B— George Pera, Kingsford........................270-243 C— Sigfred Malvick, St. Paul.....................233-234 Sr.— Walter Brottlund, Iron Mountain........202-170 —1951— U.S. Olympic Tryouts Saturday 1. Billy Olson........................................266 263 235 2. Joe Perrault........................................275 255 250 3. Art Tokle...........................................260 249 262 4. Art Devlin.........................................272 254 244 5. Crosby Perry-Smith..........................252 250 235 6. Ralph Bietila.....................................253 246 237 7. Wilbur Rasmussen............................235 259 253 8. Walt Bietila.......................................243 250 236 Sunday 1. Art Tokle...........................................260 265 281 2. Wilbur Rasmussen............................255 249 250 3. Joe Perrault........................................241 250 257 4. Art Devlin.........................................247 250 251 5. Don Packmeyer.................................240 260 263 6. Ralph Bietila.....................................238 239 267 7. Dave Freeman...................................239 251 260 8. John Bednarz.....................................227 252 250 —1952— Pine Mountain Invitational A— John Bednarz, Iron Mountain...............285-273 B— Jack Statz, Madison..............................283-278 C— Joe Bealieu, Eau Claire........................275-265 Sr.— Eddie Bucko, Wood, Wis...................199-224 Kiwanis Tournament A— John Bednarz, Iron Mountain...............285-273 B— Mike Johnson, Wisconsin Rapids........241-240 C— Ray Gauthier, Ishpeming.....................240-277 Sr.— Eddie Bucko, Wood, Wis...................205-237

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Pine Mountain ski jumping statistics Class

Rider Distance Class Rider Distance —1953— Kiwanis Tournament Vet.— Lloyd Severud, Eau Claire...............219-232 A— John Riisnaes, U. of New Hampshire...293-285 American International B— Joe Isabele, Ishpeming.........................240-216 Sr.— Antti Hyvarinen, Finland....................280-278 C— Ray Gauthier, Ishpeming.....................271-257 Jr.— Willie Erickson, Kiwanis....................279-235 Sr.— Lloyd Severud, Eau Claire.................225-199 Vet.— Lloyd Severud, Eau Claire...............240-216 North American —1958— A— John Riisnaes, U. of New Hampshire...290-253 National Tournament Jr.— Dick Rahoi, Iron Mountain.................238-251 Sr.— Billy Olson, Eau Claire.......................264-251 —1954— Jr.— Gene Kotlarek, Duluth........................260-255 Michigan State Championships Vet.— Lloyd Severud, Eau Claire...............198-240 A— Wilbur Rasmussen, Negaunee.............236-248 Kiwanis Invitational B— Jerry Anderson, Iron Mountain............220-202 Sr.— Billy Olson, Eau Claire......................263-228 C— Larry McTavish, Duluth, Minn............222-206 Jr.— Butch Wedin, Kiwanis........................194-220 Sr.— Lloyd Severud, Eau Claire.................191-190 —1959— —1955— International Tournament Central Championships Vet.— Bill Duckwitz, Madison...................215-238 A— Rudy Maki, Ishpeming.........................272-275 Jr.— Fritz Hjeleland, Chicago.....................264-266 B— Jack Bietila, Ishpeming........................246-234 Sr.— Jacque Charland, Canada...................300-311 C— Willie Erickson, Kingsford..................258-236 —1960— Sr.— Lloyd Severud, Eau Claire.................223-196 National Tournament Vet.— Reuben Hamari, Kingsford..............222-223 U.S. Olympic Team Tryouts Jr.— Butch Wedin, Kingsford.....................294-312 1.— R. Maki..................295 268 300 272 275 279 Sr.— Jim Brennan, Leavenworth, Wash......316-306 2.— D. Rahoi.................268 293 298 262 249 265 Pine Mountain International 3.— R. Sherwood...........261 268 284 273 254 250 Vet.— Reuben Hamari, Kingsford..............236-249 4.— A. Devlin................241 276 272 267 270 268 Jr.— Joe Giguere, Ishpeming......................241-240 5.— R. Ulland................262 280 282 249 236 252 Sr.— A. Samuelstuen, Steamboat Springs...274-263 6.— B. Olson.................275 262 271 257 232 226 —1961— 7.— C. Hill.....................267 293 272 260 252 247 Kiwanis International 8.— L. Johnson..............250 259 267 266 222 218 Vet.— Reuben Hamari, Kingsford..............236-249 9.— R. Bietila................248 283 266 254 271 229 Jr.— Peter Kitchak, Duluth..........................252-253 10.— J. Bietila...............258 258 270 246 234 222 B— Torlief Sundt, Chicago.........................238-251 —1956— Sr.— Butch Wedin, Kingsford....................287-303 A.J. Barth Memorial —1962— 1. Esko Mommo, Finland.............................265-287 Vet.— Coy Hill, Ishpeming.........................224-228 2. John Lyons, St.Paul..................................230-221 Jr.— Tom Peterson, Iron Mountain.............253-276 3. Billy Olson, Eau Claire............................221-224 B— Leon Massicotte, Iron Mountain..........243-254 4. Larry McTavish, Duluth..........................222-224 Sr.— Pekka Tirkkinen, Finland...................317-312 Special Tournament —1963— A— Wesley Hendrickson, Ishpeming.........243-255 North American Championships B— Jim House, Kingsford...........................241-212 Sr.— Frithjof Prydz, Norway......................293-298 C— Willie Erickson, Kingsford..................264-257 Jr.— Dave Hicks, Duluth.............................238-255 —1957— Kiwanis Invitational Kiwanis International Vet.— Ed Brisson, Minneapolis..................252-257 Sr.— Antti Hyvarinen, Finland....................313-299 Sr.— John Balfanz, Minneapolis.................291-281 Jr.— Jerry Lewis, Duluth.............................256-282 B— Paul Jacobs, Iron River.........................239-261

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Pine Mountain ski jumping statistics Class

Rider Distance —1964— Saturday Vet.— Jack Pauly, Minneapolis..................174-171 Sr.— Nilo Zandanel, Italy............................261258 Jr.— Ernie Ganz, Iron Mountain.................240-227 B— Dave Norby, Madison..........................226-221 Sunday Vet.— Coy Hill, Ishpeming.........................205-211 Sr.— Gene Kotlarek, Duluth.......................294-298 Jr.— Tom Peterson, Iron Mountain.............258-282 B— Dave Norby, Madison..........................219-251 —1965— Vet.— Lenny Johnson, Minneapolis...........222-250 Sr.— Dave Hicks, Duluth............................296-316 Jr.— John Carello, Ishpeming.....................290-294 B— Dave Stone, Chicago............................240-234 —1966— Kiwanis International Vet.— Dr. Don Hurst, Ishpeming................229-216 Sr.— John Balfanz, Minneapolis.................234-310 Jr.— John Carello, Ishpeming.....................270-270 B— Peter Mikelson, Westby, Wis...............270-276 U.S. Nationals Vet.— Billy Olson, Eau Claire....................198-209 Sr.— Gene Kotlarek, Duluth.......................283-291 Jr.— Adrian Watt, Duluth............................265-306 —1967— Pine Mountain Classic Vet.— Lenny Johnson, Minneapolis...........193-216 Sr.— Adrian Watt, Duluth...........................273-321 Jr.— Gary Sparpana, Iron Mountain............218-238 B— Tom Hillier, Ishpeming........................199-232 Kiwanis Invitational Vet.— Rolf Stendahl, Madison....................234-253 Sr.— Dave Lundmark, Duluth.....................307-315 Jr.— Gary Sparpana, Iron Mountain............284-283 B— Tom Hillier, Ishpeming........................245-255 —1968— U.S. Olympic Tryouts Saturday 1— John Balfanz, Denver...........................286-285 2— Adrian Watt, Duluth.............................284-299 3— Dave Norby, Madison...........................264-295 4— Jay Martin, Minneapolis.......................276-285 5— Bill Bakke, Madison.............................284-282 Sunday 1— Adrian Watt, Duluth.............................337-317

Class Rider Distance 2— Jay Rand, Lake Placid, N.Y..................305-317 3— Dave Norby, Madison...........................300-300 4— Bill Bakke, Madison.............................300-300 5— Jay Martin, Minneapolis.......................284-282 Pine Mountain International Sr.— Chris Selbekk, Norway......................285-305 B— Steve Reid, Minneapolis......................193-202 Jr.— Greg Swor, Duluth..............................231-263 Vet.— Lenny Johnson, Minneapolis...........191-201 —1969— Pine Mountain Classic A— Seiji Aochi, Japan................................315-322 Jr.— Greg Swor, Duluth..............................297-301 B— Dan Hillier, Ishpeming.........................242-250 Vet.— Ralph Bietila, Ishpeming..................221-209 Kiwanis Annual A— Adrian Watt, Duluth.............................326-326 Jr.— Greg Swor, Duluth..............................301-300 B— Wayne Kotlarek, Duluth......................256-261 Vet.— Dr. Don Hurst, Ishpeming................237-261 —1969— Pine Mountain Classic A— Seiji Aochi, Japan...............................315-322 Jr.— Greg Swor, Duluth..............................297-301 B— Dan Hillier, Ishpeming.........................242-250 Vet.— Ralph Bietila, Ishpeming..................221-209 Kiwanis Annual A— Adrian Watt, Duluth.............................326-326 Jr.— Greg Swor, Duluth.............................301-300 B— Wayne Kotlarek, Duluth......................256-261 Vet.— Dr. Don Hurst, Ishpeming................237-261 —1970— Pine Mountain International A— Richard Pfiffner, Switzerland..............300-307 B— Joe Smith, Minneapolis........................260-262 Jr.— Greg Windsperger, Wyoming.............282-278 Vet.— Allan Chapman, Ishpeming..............246-232 Kiwanis Annual A— Adrian Watt, Duluth.............................297-276 B— Joe Smith, Minneapolis........................231-225 Jr.— Tim Kingsfield, Racine, Wis...............255-260 Vet.— Allan Chapman, Ishpeming..............214-198 —1971— Saturday A— Lars Grini, Norway..............................338-319 Jr.— Arne Haugen, Norway........................308-265 B— Tom Peterson, Ishpeming.....................260-317 Vet.— Don Hurst, Ishpeming......................224-230

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Class

Rider

Distance

—1971— Sunday A— Jerry Martin, Minneapolis....................345-324 Jr.— Arne Haugen, Norway........................322-302 B— Tom Schilling, Cloquet, Minn..............254-269 Vet.— Jack Pauly, Minneapolis..................222-215 —1972— Kiwanis Annual A— Juhani Routsalainen, Finland...............310-320 Jr.— Inge Lundereng, Westby, Wis.............243-285 B— Jim Maki, Duluth.................................241-223 Vet.— Lenny Johnson, Minneapolis...........213-210 Pine Mountain International A— Juhani Routsalainen, Finland...............335-341 Jr.— Inge Lundereng, Westby.....................271-281 B— Jim Maki, Duluth.................................230-256 Vet.— Dr.Don Hurst, Ishpeming.................217-225 —1973— Kiwanis Annual A— Jerry Martin, Minneapolis....................284-279 Jr.— Per Sven, Norway...............................269-249 Vet.— Dr. Don Hurst, Ishpeming................220-210 Samsonsite Series A— Jerry Martin, Minneapolis....................294-317 Jr.— Terry Kern, Duluth..............................267-282 B— Bill Polanka, Duluth.............................235-269 Class Rider Distance Vet.— Dr. Don Hurst, Ishpeming................228-236 —1974— A— Arne Haugen, Norway.........................281-299 Jr.— Trygue Rolseth, Norway.....................249-266 B— Chuck Bertelson, Minneapolis.............230-221 Vet.— Glenn Kotlarek, Duluth....................201-220 —1975— A— Vladimir Frolov, Soviet Union............299-277 Jr.— Roy Weaver, Little Suamico, Wis.......271-272 B— Chuck Bertelson, Minneapolis.............223-205 Vet.— Bob Keck, Oconomowoc, Wis.........277-272 —1976— A—Jim Maki, Bovey, Minn........................297-322 Jr.— John Broman, Duluth..........................251-313 B— Scott Immens, Chicago........................208-236 Vet.— Dave Engstrom, Rockford, Ill..........235-236 —1978— Saturday A— Willi Puerstl, Austria...........................312-305 Jr.— Landis Arnold, Winter Park, Colo......271-256 B— Jim Grahek, Northern Michigan...........295-285 Vet.— Tom Denisson, St. Paul....................220-197

Class

Rider Distance Sunday A— Sepp Schwinghammer, W. Germany...361-352 Jr.— Jyrki Sahlstrom, N. Michigan.............306-253 B— Jim Grahek, NMU................................273-243 Vet.— John Kusz, Ironwood.......................292-244 —1979— Saturday A— Alois Lipburger, Austria......................320-358 Jr.— Jon Denney, Duluth............................328-304 B— Dan Ellefson, Minneapolis...................213-281 Vet.— Dave Engstrom, Rockford, Ill..........246-259 Sunday A— Armin Kogler, Austria.........................385-295 Jr.— Jon Denney, Duluth............................322-348 B— Dan Ellefson, Minneapolis...................233-271 Vet.— Tim Kingsfield, Racine, Wis............254-261 —1980— Saturday A— Hubert Neuper, Austria........................381-353 Jr.— Mike Konopacke, Kingsford...............318-353 B— Mike Shupien, Minneapolis.................322-338 Vet.— Carl Trinrud, Eau Claire, Wis..........253-292 Sunday A— Armin Kogler, Austria.........................358-356 Jr.— Knut Arne Overby, Norway................348-341 B— Mike Shupien, Minneapolis.................299-305 Vet.— Tom Denisson, St. Paul....................268-248 —1981— Kiwanis Annual A— Willi Puerstl, Austria...........................320-351 Jr.— Nils Stolzlechner, California...............277-282 B— Paul Johnson, Ely, Minn......................281-303 Vet.— Dave Engstrom, Rockford, Ill..........233-283 —1982— Kiwanis Annual Sr.— Fritz Koch, Austria.............................351-348 Jr.— Eirik Reberg, Norway.........................328-334 B— Mike Williams, Ely, Minn....................331-326 Vet.— Dave Engstrom, Rockford................281-272 Pine Mountain Classic Sr.— Ivar Mobekk, Norway........................377-358 Jr.— Eirik Reberg, Norway.........................348-328 B— Mike Williams, Ely, Minn....................272-274 Vet.— John Kusz, Ironwood.......................295-305 —1983— Saturday Budweiser Championship A— Manfred Steiner, Austria.....................375-355 Jr.— Darcy Jessiman, Thunder Bay.............331-312 B— Eric Dombkowski, Chicago.................285-282 Vet.— Chuck Bertelson, Minneapolis.........290-279

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Pine Mountain ski jumping statistics Class

Rider Distance —1983— Sunday Budweiser Championships A— Manfred Steiner, Austria.......................375-336 Jr.— Larry Olson, Crystal, Minn..................286-302 B— Bill Johnson, Duluth..............................227-240 Vet.— Dave Tomten, Eau Claire..................254-263 —1984— Budweiser Championships A— Franz Wiegele, Austria..........................371-373 Jr.— Rick Mewborn, Steamboat Springs......333-344 B— Joe Hicks, Duluth..................................242-269 Vet.— Kip Sundgaard, St. Paul.....................258-301 —1985— Saturday Budweiser Championships Class Rider Distance Sr.— Mark Konopacke, Kingsford...............360-364 Jr.— Rudi Puerstl, Austria............................279-276 B—Ron Hanson, Minneapolis......................230-236 Vet.—Tim Denisson, Cheyenne, Wyo.........238-243 Sunday Budweiser Championships Sr.—Mark Konopacke, Kingsford........................384 Jr.—Dave Solner, Madison...................................315 B— Ron Hanson, Minneapolis.............................245 Vet.— Tim Denisson, Cheyenne..........................262 —1986— Saturday Budweiser Championships Sr.— Reed Zuehlke, Eau Claire....................359-379 Jr.— Jason Posmer, Chicago.........................251-269 B— Chris Wilk, Duluth................................344-295 Masters— John Kusz, Ironwood...................299-351 Sunday Budweiser Championships Sr.— Steve Sydow, Duluth...........................371-377 Jr.— Eric Hiatt, Kingsford............................292-308 B— Scott Lyons, St. Paul..............................292-307 Masters— Jim Maki, Coleraine, Minn..........338-333 —1987— Saturday Budweiser Championships Sr.— Scott Smith, Cary, Ill...........................394-364 Jr.— Stefan Horngracher, Austria.................367-361 B— Curt Mattila, Ishpeming.........................279-278 Masters— John Kusz, Ironwood...................324-333 Sunday Budweiser Championships Sr.— Gunther Stranner, Austria....................364-367 Jr.— Stefan Horngracher, Austria.................360-373 B— Dave Peterson, St. Paul..........................240-219 Masters— Jim Grahek, Ishpeming................301-261

Class

Rider Distance —1988— Budweiser Championships Sr.— Didier Mollard, France........................354-354 Jr.— Peter Malle, Austria.............................379-289 B— James Gaboury, Duluth, Minn...............261-261 Vet.— Jim Grahek, Minneapolis, Minn................253 —1989— Saturday 50th Anniversary Tournament Sr.— Par-Inge Tallberg, Sweden..................371-317 Jr.— Andreas Rauschmeier, Austria.............350-337 B— Kurt Massicotte, Kingsford...................284-276 Masters— Tommy Thompson, Canada........274-312 Sunday Sr.— Werner Schuster, Austria.....................369-373 Jr.— Jacky Arpin, France..............................344-344 B— Kurt Massicotte, Kingsford...................259-284 Masters- Jack Gasienica, Chicago.................287-295 —1990— Saturday Sr.— Markus Steiner, Austria.......................387-371 Jr.— Werner Rathmayer, Austria.................373-376 Class B— Kurt Massicotte, Kingsford...........258-246 Masters— Tommy Thompson, Canada........325-325 Sunday Sr.— Werner Schuster, Austria.............................389 Jr.— Thomas Raska, Czech..................................348 Class B— Kurt Massicotte, Kingsford...................243 Masters— Tommy Thompson, Canada........318-343 —1991— Saturday Werner Schuster, Austria.........................................400 Sunday Jaroslaw Sakala, Czech....................................375-351 —1992— Saturday Johan Rassmussen, Sweden.............................348-365 Sunday Andreas Rauschmeier, Austria........................387-360 —1993— Saturday Int.—Martin Hoellwarth, Austria................372.5-360 Masters—Scott Smith, Chicago......................338-335 Senior—Kip Kopelke, Chicago...................335-342.5 Sunday Int.—Martin Hoellwarth, Austria....................348-397 Masters—Scott Smith, Chicago......................282-312 Senior—Kip Kopelke, Chicago...................333-290.5

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Class

Rider Distance —1994— Intercontinental Cup Saturday Ralph Gebstedt, Germany..............................351-387 Sunday Sami Nieminen, Finland.................................379-376 —1995— Intercontinental Cup Saturday Ladislav Dluhos, Czech Republic..................390-385 Sunday Ketil Moen, Finland.......................................360-388 —1996— World Cup Morning Jens Weissflog, Germany............................395.5-432 Afternoon Masahiko Harada, Japan.............................408.5-459 (459 feet — new hill record) —1997— Continental Cup Saturday Simen Berntzen, Finland................................392-410 Sunday Sven Hannawald, Germany....................................438 —1998— Continental Cup Saturday Alexander Herr, Germany.............................413- 407 Sunday Alexander Herr, Germany..............................420-446 —1999— Continental Cup Saturday Yusuke Kaneko, Japan..................................406- 385 Sunday canceled —2000— World Cup Saturday Martin Schmitt, Germany...............................435-422 Sunday Martin Schmitt, Germany.......................................423 —2001— Continental Cup Saturday Robert Kranjec, Slovenia...............................425-410 Sunday Robert Kranjec, Slovenia...............................433-425 —2002— Continental Cup Saturday Sigurd Peterson, Norway...............................430-456

Class

Rider

Distance

Kalle Keituri, Finland (second place).............402-459 (459-foot jump ties hill record) Sunday Arttu Lappi, Finland.......................................424-413 —2003— Continental Cup Canceled both days due to high winds —2004— Continental Cup Saturday (Held Sunday morning due to winds) Reinhard Schwarzenberger, Austria..................426 -423 Sunday Reinhard Schwarzenberger, Austria ..................435 -426 —2005— Continental Cup Saturday Anders Bardal, Norway..................................440-426 Sunday Anders Bardal, Norway..................................358-387 —2006— Continental Cup Saturday Kimmo Ylriesto, Finland................................451-406 (Stefan Kaiser of Austria set hill record at 468 feet, but finished sixth) Sunday Daniel Lackner, Austria.................................443-436 —2007— Continental Cup Saturday (Held Sunday morning) Isak Grimholm, Sweden.................................433-430 Sunday Balthasar Schneider, Austria..........................464-418 —2008— Continental Cup Saturday (Sunday canceled) Stefan Thurnbichler, Austria..........................445-436 —2009— Continental Cup Saturday Lukas Mueller, Austria...............................444.5-448 Sunday Lukas Mueller, Austria...............................467.5-448 (Stefan Thurnbichler of Austria set a hill at 471 feet on Sunday, but finished second) —2010— Continental Cup Saturday Manuel Fettner, Austria..............................463.5-436 Sunday (Canceled due to high winds)

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Erickson, Rahoi selected for U.S. Ski Jumping Hall of Fame By RON DEUTER Sports Writer RED WING, Minn. — The 2010 American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame induction ceremony included two individuals from Iron Mountain. Richard Rahoi and the late E.O. "Buck" Erickson were among 11 enshrined for their contributions to the sport. Erickson was a publicity director for the Pine Mountain Ski Jumping Tournament since its inaugural competition in 1939. He became known as “Mr. Pine Mountain” and is credited with putting this event on the international ski jumping map. For 36 years, Erickson tirelessly promoted the tournament and is responsible for bringing the first foreign ski jumping competitors to the United States. In Erickson’s world, local, national and foreign ski jumpers were celebrities. As sports editor of The Iron Mountain News, he wrote one colorful story after another, focusing the attention of the American public on the elite status of the athletes who competed in this unique arena. Erickson was known as “a newspaperman’s newspaperman” and in that capacity encouraged media from across the country to cover and publicize the tournaments and jumpers at Pine Mountain. As a result of his efforts, for years the Pine Mountain Ski Jump tournament attracted the largest media coverage of any competition in the United States. In 1974, Erickson was elected to the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming,

Richard Rahoi of Iron Mountain, who served as a captain for the U.S. Olympic team at Squaw Valley, Calif. in 1960, has been elected to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame

in honor of “his tremendous contribution to the growth of the ski sport.” He also received numerous national and international citations and awards for his commitment to championing ski jumping. Rahoi, born in Iron Mountain in 1934, was the 1953 North American Junior Champion, also claiming the Pine Mountain junior competition that year, and the U.S. National Class B champion. In 1956 he made the U.S. Olympic team and finished 51st at Cortina, Italy. Rahoi finished 44th in Lahti, Finland during the 1958 FIS World Championships and served as a captain for the U.S. Olympic team at Squaw Valley, Calif. in 1960. From 1969 through 1976, Rahoi was the USSA Central Division Junior coach. Erickson and Rahoi joined Nick Alexander, Billy Demong, Stan DuRose, Peter Frenette, Jessica Jerome, Dave Hicks, Sig Malvik, Alfred Ohrn, Larry Stone and Billy Demong as members of the 2010 induction class. Ron Deuter’s e-mail address is rdeuter@ironmountaindailynews.com

The Daily News, Iron Mountain-Kingsford, Michigan Wednesday, February 9, 2011 — 15

Hill records have changed hands many times IRON MOUNTAIN — The U.S. ski jumping distance record has been shattered or matched many times on Pine Mountain since 1939. Only two jumpers have the distinction of breaking the record twice at Giant Pine Mountain — Jumping Joe Perrault of Ishpeming and Armin Kogler of Austria. In 1949, Perrault accomplished the feat with one of the greatest performances in the history of the hill. Perrault sailed 293 and 297 feet as he outdistanced two world champions, Matt Pietikainen of Finland and Peter Hugsted of Norway. In the 1980 Pine Mountain PreOlympic tournament, Kogler broke the record of 385 feet he set in 1979 when he soared 399 feet to establish a new U.S. ski jumping distance mark. Kogler sailed 421 feet in 1979 but fell on his landing. Bob Roecker of Duluth, Minn., was the first jumper to put Pine Mountain “on the map” when he traveled 257 feet for a new distance record in the inaugural tournament of 1939. Roecker’s record fell by the wayside in 1941 as Alf Engen surpassed it by 10 feet with a jump of 267 feet. Toger Tokle cracked the record in Leavenworth, Wash., with a 273-foot ride and then smashed his own standard with a 288-foot effort at Hyak, Wash. Tokle bettered his own record again in the 1942 Pine Mountain meet with a 289-footer. The new mark didn’t last long as it

was surpassed three times at Pine Mountain later that year. Perrault did it the first time when he sailed 293 feet. Pietikainen took the record away from Perrault with 294-footer, but Jumping Joe came back with a 297 foot effort to regain the distance crown and sweep top honors in the tournament. Gordon Wren tied the record at Steamboat Springs, Colo., in 1950 and Billy (The Kid) Olson equaled it again on Pine Mountain that same year. Although the first official 300-foot jump was not recorded until 1955, Ralph Thorsen of Kingsford leaped 315 during practice in 1948. In 1955, Rudy Maki of Ishpeming became the first jumper to hit the 300foot mark in official competition. Maki, who now resides in Iron Mountain, was the 1955 national champion. He also was a member of the 1956 and 1960 U.S. Olympic teams. Maki, a retired international ski jumping judge, is enshrined in the National Ski Hall of Fame in Ishpeming. Ansten Samuelsten was the next record-setter with a 316 foot jump at Steamboat Springs in 1951. A virtual unknown, Jim Brennan,

matched that at Pine Mountain in 1960. John Balfanz, one of the more flamboyant jumpers, established a new mark in 1962 at Westby, Wis., when he leaped 317 feet. Pekka Tirkkinen of Finland tied the record later that year at Pine Mountain. The record was broken three more times before Balfanz returned it to Pine Mountain with 325 foot jump in the 1965 tournament. In 1968, Adrian Watt set another U.S. distance record at Pine Mountain when he jumped 337 feet during the Olympic tryouts. Jerry Martin, one of the most popular jumpers in the history of Giant Pine Mountain, flew a record 345 feet in the 1971 Pine Mountain competition. Austria’s Gebhart Aberer put his name in the record book at Pine Mountain when he jumped 371 feet in 1978. The hill record of 459 feet was set by Masahiko Harada of Japan in the 1996 competition and was matched by Finland’s Kalle Keituri in 2002. Stefan Kaiser of Austria set a hill record at 468 feet in 2006. However, he finished sixth in the competition. Then, Stefan Thurnbichler of Austria set a hill record of 471 feet in 2009, but finished second.

16 — The Daily News, Iron Mountain-Kingsford, Michigan Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Thomas Lobben of Norway jumps during the 2010 Island Resort and Casino Pine Mountain Continental Cup Ski Jumping Championships. He finished eighth in the competition.


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