The Saint Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame
Honoring those who have made our club great over the years
This is an alphabetical listing of all Hall of Fame Inductees ... scroll down the page for the new
Honorary Category, which inducted its first members in September of 2012.
Pete Denisson - Pete skied in a St. Paul Ski Club tournament at age 11 in 1919. He remained an
active member until his death in 1988 at age 79. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame Nov 1, 1991.
Tim "Timo" Denisson - Tim Denisson began ski jumping at age two. He was seven when he
qualified for his first jumping competitions at Mt. Washington in Eau Claire, WI. In 1959, at the age of
11, Tim became the youngest ski jumper to compete from the 60 meter former Battle Creek slide, site
of the St. Paul Winter Carnival competitions. He became the only person to twice tie the Battle Creek
Hill record of 197 feet. He’s been active in ski jumping all his life, and has competed in many
international Masters’ Championships. He was inducted into the SPSC Hall of Fame Sept 8, 2012.
Tom "Corky" Denisson - Corky Denisson became a member of the St. Paul Ski Club in 1951, and
was an outstanding and active competitor for over 40 years, having competed in the Masters National
Championships in 1991. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov 7, 2003.
Dave Edlund - Dave was a good competitor in his days as a jumper, having benefited from the
devotion of his dad, Ray, to this sport. Dave is now the dad of three sons who are good jumpers, and
he carries on the family tradition of working in multiple roles to support all the young skiers of the St
Paul Ski Club and Central Division. Dave was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on
Sept 9, 2007
Ray Edlund - Ray “came back” to the St. Paul Ski Club when his son became a good jumper. He
traveled extensively throughout the world following he sport, but his most ardent love was the juniors.
He drove countless miles and shared his experiences freely. Ray was inducted into the St. Paul Ski
Club Hall of Fame on Oct 25, 1996.
Sverre Fredheim - In 1930 the Norwegian born Fredheim entered the St. Paul Ski Jumping
Championships and won. That catapulted him to a long and outstanding career. He led the U.S.
Olympic contingent in the 1936 games and finished 11th. His outstanding career as a competitor
earned him induction into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Nov. 6, 1992.
Jamie Gaboury - Following his migration from Duluth in the mid-1980's, Jamie Gaboury became an
active member of the club and soon assumed leadership roles. He was influential in obtaining plastic
for the 20 meter slide and later developed the track on the 46 meter Harrington Hill. His many
contributions will have a lasting effect on the sport. Gaboury was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club
Hall of Fame on Oct 27, 2000.
Tom Harrington - The influence of Tom Harrington on the St. Paul Ski Club is felt in more areas
than that of any other person. Harrington belongs in the National Ski Hall of Fame. He is an active
member of the club since 1938. He was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame Nov 6, 1992.
Milt “Sonny” Kreuser - Milt was an old-time jumper and was very influential in South St. Paul,
where he was president of the club. He is readily available and has been a long-term asset to the
club. Milt was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Oct 30, 1998.
John R Lyons - John joined the St. Paul Ski Club in the early 1940’s. He became an outstanding
competitor, and was instrumental in most of what is located at the Carver's Lake Nordic Training Area
today. John was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Nov 2, 1990.
John T Lyons - Son of John R Lyons, John was a competitive jumper as a young man, then became
a tireless worker in running the club and junior programs. John's voice is well known to all who've
heard him announce events at SPSC ... he seems to know a bit about every youngster who
participates, and he's a familiar face to fans, families, and athletes throughout the region. John was
inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Sept 25, 2010.
Pat Lyons - Son of John R Lyons, Pat lives next door to the St Paul Ski Club, and is an omnipresent
friendly face and tireless worker. His personality has made him a favorite of all who come to SPSC,
from little kids to grandparents. There's no better ambassador for SPSC or the sport of ski jumping
than Pat Lyons. He was inducted to the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Sept 6, 2008.
Bill Mahre - Bill Mahre became a ski club member in 1954. He became a member of the Board of
Directors and was active in the Central Division, serving as Ski Jumping Chairman and a member of
the Central Division Board of Directors. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame Nov 2, 1990.
Herb Merth - For more than 30 years Merth served in and promoted the St. Paul Ski Club. He joined
the club in the mid-1920s and served seven terms as the president. His sudden death at age 46 was a
severe blow to the club and its members. He was instrumental in establishing the St. Paul Junior Ski
Club. Herb was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov 1, 1991.
Arnie Miller - Arnie has devoted his entire adult life to the activities of the St. Paul Ski Club. He is an
unselfish, tireless worker. He has always been available for a ski club task in which help is needed.
He was an active jumper who introduced his sons to the sport, and who has helped many other kids
learn and enjoy this great sport.
Jack Myhra - Jack was a junior jumper with the St Paul Ski Club, and has remained an active
member, serving in multiple volunteer capacities over the years. He and his wife Lee Ann raised a
pair of outstanding jumpers, who in turn are raising another generation of young competitors. Jack
has been instrumental in hill preparation during the winter, and in equipment operation for
improvements during the off season. He was selected to serve on the hill preparation crew for the
2002 Olympics.Jack was inducted to the St Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Sept 14, 2013.
Lee Ann Myhra - Lee Ann has been a tireless volunteer worker on behalf of the St. Paul Ski Club.
For many years, during tournaments and holiday training camps, Lee Ann was in charge of
concessions, as well as a driving force in the club’s Junior program. She became a Central Division
Panel member, and Chairperson for the Central Division Junior programs. She is a member of the St.
Paul Educational Foundation. The Myhras were pioneers in the early development of women’s ski
jumping. Lee Ann was inducted into the SPSC Hall of Fame Sept 14, 2013.
Rodney Olssen - Rodney Olssen grew up near Chester Bowl Park in Duluth. His earliest skiing
experiences were under the tutelage of the storied Walter Mattson. Olssen moved to St. Paul and in
1962, became involved in the St. Paul Ski Club. He has been a tireless worker involved with
developing young ski jumpers for many years. Rodney was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of
Fame on Oct 29, 2004.
Ken Perry - Ken became involved in the club in 1979, as a result of his son’s interest the sport. He
became an announcer at junior meets. He was elected to the Board of Directors. His talents in many
areas, not the least of which are computer programs, has made a lasting effect on the ski jumping
sport. Ken was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Oct 27, 1995.
Kitty Perry - In the early 1980’s Kitty took a very active interest in the St. Paul Ski Club. She became
a Junior Ski Club Director and was the first woman elected to the Board of Directors. She has been a
tireless worker with ski tournaments and as a valuable member of the Educational Foundation. Kitty
was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Oct 24,1997.
Harold Petersen - Harold was a civil engineer who worked for the Department of Natural
Resources. The junior club was one of his main interests. Though never a ski jumper, he became a
devoted member of the Board of Directors and served as club treasurer for more than 28 years.
Harold was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov 1, 1991.
Dave Peterson - Dave was an excellent junior competitor. He was also an exceptional Masters
Class competitor who met an untimely death following a fall at Iron Mountain, MI on Feb. 20, 1993. He
was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Oct 29, 1993.
John Pflugi - John was a spectator of the sport - first in Duluth and later in St. Paul. His involvement
began with his son Matt and continued after Matt left the sport. He became a member of the Board of
Directors and has devoted a major part of his life to the club. He was inducted into the St. Paul Ski
Club Hall of Fame on Oct 30, 1998.
Bill Ryan - A member of the St. Paul Ski Club for more than 50 years Ryan served as treasurer of
the St. Paul Educational Foundation from it’s inception. He also has served as treasurer of the St.
Paul Ski Club following the untimely death of Harold Petersen. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame
on Oct 27, 1995.
Joe Ryan - Ryan was one of the top ski jumpers ever developed by the St. Paul Ski Club. In 12
years of competitive skiing as a Class “A” jumper, Joe won the club championship on six separate
occasions. He was president of the club and became the first St. Paul jumper to attain 300 feet. Ryan
was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Nov 1, 2002.
Bryan Sanders - Bryan became the youngest St. Paul Ski Club member to gain entry onto the U.S.
Olympic Team. He competed in the 1992 Olympic Games held in France. He was inducted into the St.
Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Oct 28, 1994.
Phil Sanders - Phil was instrumental in the development of St. Paul Junior Ski Club training camps.
He was ski club president and served many terms as hill captain for the Battle Creek ski tournaments.
Phil was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Oct 28, 1994.
Carl Soderbeck - Carl became an active St. Paul Ski Club member in 1940. In 1990 he was named
Central Division Coach of the Year. He worked countless hours as doing carpenter work for the club,
but mostly he is remembered as a junior coach. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame Nov 1, 1991.
Len Soler - Len began skiing at a relatively late age in the life a ski jumper, but he became a
dominating competitor. In the first tournament from the Battle Creek ski slide in St. Paul, in 1939, he
won the Class “B” title and moved into Class “A”. He went on from there to a memorable career. He
was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov 6, 1992.
Luke Soler - Luke became a member in 1935. He served four terms as president. For over 60 years
he worked with the St. Paul Junior Ski Club. An excellent competitor, Luke served for extended
periods as the club’s corresponding and recording secretary. Luke was inducted into the Hall of Fame
on Nov 1, 1991.
Kip Sundgaard - At age 17 in 1973 Kip tied the hill record of 197 feet and won the Winter Carnival
Tournament held at Battle Creek. He became a member of the U. S. National team in 1976. He was
inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Nov. 6, 1992.
Dick Wakefield - Dick became active in the St. Paul Ski Club as a “Veterans Class” competitor. His
tenure as a club member was significant in that he became involved with the junior programs and
worked for many years as a coach, mentor, adviser and judge. Dick was inducted into the St. Paul Ski
Club Hall of Fame on Oct 29, 2004.
Wally Wakefield - Wally was active as a competitor and junior club coach/adviser for many years.
He was instrumental in gaining widespread publicity as public relations and publicity director for
several years. Wally was inducted into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame on Oct 29, 1993.
Mark Windisch - Mark joined the St. Paul Ski Club in 1973 at the age of 13 and soon became Junior
Ski Club president. As a junior competitor in 1977 — skiing in Class I — Windisch won the Twin Cities
Championship in a combination of tournaments held in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Mark’s induction
date into the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame was Sept 17, 2011.
Honorary Members of The Saint Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame
This is a new category of inductees, established in 2012 ...
Rick and Cathie Bergquist - Two very dedicated volunteers who have served the Saint Paul Ski
Club enthusiastically and faithfully for many years, Rick and Cathie have also assisted at events
across the USSA/s Central Division, and at many national meets. Rick was an amateur jumper many
years ago, growing up in Fond du Lac, MN. Cathie hadn’t grown up with ski jumping, and they don’t
have any junior jumpers in their family, but they’ve been present and working in every imaginable
capacity at SPSC tournaments over the past ten years. We were pleased to induct them as our first
Honorary Hall of Fame members on Sept 8, 2012.
Sue Denney - Sue Denney, of Grand Rapids MN, was a panel member and a coordinator for the
Central Division for several years. She became a member of the St. Paul Ski Club during a time when
two of her children were active as junior ski jumpers. When Coleraine’s Itasca Ski and Outing Club
hosted the Junior National Nordic competitions in 2002, Sue was a catalyst for many of the activities.
During many years she opened her home to visiting ski jumpers — both juniors and seniors — from
throughout the country. She and her husband Jon raised a “Ski jumping Family” and she has
continued to be a great ambassador for the ski jumping sport. Over the years, she has become a role
model in teaching parents the “ins and outs” of becoming active participants in the sport. We are
pleased to induct her as an Honorary Hall of Fame member as of Sept 14, 2013.
The St. Paul Ski Club Hall of
Fame was established in
November of 1990. The first
two inductees were John
Lyons and Bill Mahre. These
two were chosen because of
their outstanding efforts are
raising funds through a bingo
operation. Their efforts
resulted in the club gaining
near financial independence.
The St. Paul Ski Club
prospered and many new
additions and improvements
were made to the Carver’s
Lake Nordic Training Area,
located in south Maplewood -
a suburb of St. Paul -
Since its inception, many of
our club members have been
elected to a place of honor in
the St. Paul Ski Club Hall of
Fame. Additionally, eleven
“Emeritus” members are
A “Wall of Fame” was
installed in the club’s chalet
and a handsome plaque,
along with a summary of the
achievements of each
individual who has been
inducted, is prominently
displayed on the wall.
Criteria to gain entry into the
Hall of Fame is threefold.
Persons should have been
members in good standing in
the St. Paul Ski Club, for an
extended period of time.
Contributions by members of
the Hall of Fame should be
such that they have a long
lasting effect on the St. Paul
Ski Club and the sport of ski
jumping. Finally, a person
may be inducted into the Hall
of Fame as a result of their
accomplishment in the
competitive aspect of the ski
The Hall of Fame is an effort
on the part of St. Paul Ski
Club to foster further
involvement of members of
the club, to honor those who
have made significant
contributions in the past, and
to honor those who have
represented the St. Paul Ski
Club on the highest plateau
The following persons emerged
from the historic pages of the
past. As a result of their lasting
influence of the fulfillment of the
objectives of he St. Paul Ski
Club, they were enshrined in the
St. Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame
on Nov. 6, 1992.
Colonel Christian Brandt
First St. Paul Ski Club President
Outstanding competitor - Seven
time national champion - Club
Officer - U Ski Hall of Fame
Louis W. Hill, Jr.
Chairman of 1939 National
Championships at newly
constructed Battle Creek Park
60 meter slide in St. Paul -
Early activist and officer of the
National Ski Association
Outstanding competitor -
Hill Designer - Club Officer -
Organizer of the Central Division
- Designer of the St. Paul Ski
Long-time St. Paul Ski Club
Christian A. Lund
Owner of Northland Ski
Secretary, early chronologist
Long-time Club Officer -
President of the National Ski
Club officer - National Cross
Country Champion - Member
of the 1924 US Olympic team -
United States Ski Hall of Fame
Club president eight times -
Organizer of the Central Division
- International Judge - Officiated
at the 1960 Olympics
First St. Paul Ski Club member
to win a National Championship;
Long-time outstanding skier
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