Ski Jumping in History

Events in Sport

  • 1936-02-08 1st ski jumping tournament, Red Wing, Minnesota
  • 1967-03-12 Austria's Reinhold Bachler ski jumps 505 feet
  • 1970-03-21 Vinko Bogataj crashes during a ski-jumping championship in Germany; his image becomes that of the "agony of defeat guy" in the opening credits of ABC's Wide World of Sports.
  • 1975-01-14 Anita Wold (Norway) sets women's ski jump distance record-98 m
  • 1981-03-29 Tiina Lehtola ski jumps female record 110m
  • 1985-03-17 Matti Nykanen of Finland set a world ski jump record of 623'

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1911-08-23 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), born in Kongsberg, Norway (d. 1998)
  • 1917-07-24 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), born in Valnesfjord, Norway (d. 2001)
  • 1920-01-20 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (d. 2006)
  • 1927-10-08 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, born in Trondheim, Norway (d. 2013)
  • 1930-10-11 Harry Glaß, German ski jumper (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Klingenthal, Vogtland, Saxony, Germany (d. 1997)
  • 1937-03-20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1937-08-20 George Thoma, German FR, cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1942-04-03 Rick Sylvester, Hollywood stuntman, parachute ski jumper (world record 3,300')
  • 1943-08-04 Bjørn Wirkola, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Alta, Norway
  • 1943-08-17 Yukio Kasaya, Japan, 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1952-08-06 Wojiech Fortuna, Polish ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1954-03-08 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1958-04-01 Anton Innauer, Austrian 70m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1959-06-25 Jari Puikkonen, Finnish ski jumper (Winter Olympics medalist), born in Lahti, Finland
  • 1962-08-03 Tina Lehtola, Finnish women's ski jumper (world's record holder), born in Finland
  • 1963-07-17 Matti Nykänen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1963-12-05 Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards, English ski jumper
  • 1975-06-10 Risto Jussilainen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1977-05-11 Janne Ahonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1977-12-03 Adam Małysz, Polish ski-jumper
  • 1978-01-29 Martin Schmitt, German ski jumper
  • 1979-02-28 Primož Peterka, Slovenian ski jumper
  • 1979-12-26 Dimitry Vassiliev, Russian ski jumper
  • 1981-04-01 Bjoern Einar Romoeren, Norwegian ski jumper
  • 1981-06-25 Simon Ammann, Swiss ski jumper, born in Grabs, Switzerland
  • 1984-06-18 Janne Happonen, Finnish ski jumper
  • 1985-02-10 Anette Sagen, Norwegian ski jumper, born in Mosjøen, Norway
  • 1986-10-30 Thomas Morgenstern, Austrian ski jumper
  • 1990-01-07 Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austrian ski jumper

Deaths in Sport

  • 1997-12-13 Harry Glaß, German ski jumper (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 67
  • 1998-06-13 Birger Ruud, Norwegian 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1932, 36), dies at 86
  • 2001-05-07 Simon Slåttvik, Norwegian cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 83
  • 2006-05-28 Thorleif Schjelderup, Norwegian author and ski jumper (b. 1920)
  • 2011-10-09 Pavel Karelin, Russian ski jumper (b. 1989)
  • 2013-07-16 Torbjorn Falkanger, Norwegian ski jumper who took the Olympic oath in 1952, dies at 85