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Brrrringing in the New Year at the John R Lyons Tournament     70 jumpers on 4 hills … Results:  small hills (K10, 20, 30)       46-heter Hill New Year’s Eve Day and the lyrics, “Baby, it’s cold outside,” kept replaying in everyone’s heads. The John R. Lyons Tournament brought plenty of red-cheeked, and smiling ski jumpers out to Harrington Hill. St. Paul Ski Club’s amazing volunteers had the jumps in excellent condition.  Everything was set for a great tournament. We even had a little extra inspiration: cheering on the central skiers and hometown heroes competing in the televised Olympic Trials.  The youngest jumpers eagerly strutted their stuff on the 10m and the 20m hills. The subzero temperatures seemed to increase their competitiveness (as well as their appetite for Icees). Who knew that frozen treats taste better in winter than summer? Not to be outdone, our older jumpers put on a good show on the 30 and 46 meter hills. Then our Masters took center stage to end the day. The John R. Lyons Tournament is always a great time for catching up with all our friends from around the division.The club would like to thank everyone who spent their New Year’s Eve traveling back home (or staying until their van’s engine thawed enough to drive). We’d like to give a special thanks to our small, but strong, core of volunteers who collectively put in over 300 hours to make our tournament happen.  Shinola! CLICK TO VIEW PHOTO GALLERY  (credits to Chip Berniard) The Masters Class begins with Masters 1 for jumpers age 30-39, then progresses in 10-year increments with Masters 2 for jumpers age 40-49, etc. There is also a pre-Masters class for ages 25-29.  Jumpers don’t have to hang up their equipment after their early 20s, they can keep jumping for fun; it can be a lifetime sport!  2017 Wally Wakefield Beginners Camp a Big Success!     Annual Christmas week beginners camp renamed for SPSC Hall of Famer The St Paul Ski Club just wrapped up the 2017 newly named Wally Wakefield Learn to Jump Camp  (December 27-28, 2017).  Click links at right to view photo galleries … WEDNESDAY THURSDAY New jumpers and several returning jumpers took many rides on Wakefield Hill (10m jump/bunny hill) thanks to the new tow rope!  Many THANKS to Tim Schwartz and Jack Myhra for their work in building and installing the tow rope; it was a HUGE SUCCESS!  We also want to thank our coaches:  Brian Wallace and MaryLu Kavanagh-Beltman The skiers enjoyed both days despite the frigid temperatures.  No one asked for hot chocolate, the biggest request was for Icees!!!   You know we have a hearty group of jumpers when they ask for a cold treat after being outside in the cold!       CLICK PHOTO AT RIGHT TO ENLARGE We can't forget to send a GIGANTIC THANK YOU to ALL our hill crew who got ALL our hills ready for jumping. You guys are the BEST! 2018 Friday Night Tournament Schedule Released     Visit our Schedule & Results page for events and dates! The St Paul Ski Club will continue its tradition of tournaments (almost) every Friday night during the winter season.  The full schedule is now posted on our Schedule & Results page.  We will need jumpers and VOLUNTEERS!  Come on out and enjoy being part of this exciting winter sport! 2017 Hall of Fame Banquet Held on Friday Oct 20     Chris Venaglia and Jay Martin were inducted as Class of 2017 Once again our major fall event, our annual Hall of Fame Banquet, provided the opportunity for club members and friends to honor our new inductees.  More than 80 attendees enjoyed the chance to renew old friendships and reminisce about their years in the sport.  Long-time club member, competitor, and volunteer Chris Venaglia was presented for induction by Kurt Schulstad, and Jay Martin, long-time competitor, US Olympian, FIS judge, and coach who has contributed   to the sport for many years, was presented by Tim Denisson.  Jay is a member of the Minneapolis Ski Club  It was announced that Chris Venaglia has stepped up to be our hill captain while Paul Johnson is recuperating from recent injuries. Contest Announced; Special Event for Olympic Year TBA     Contest announced … help us name one of our Friday night tournaments! We have a fun contest this season:   "Name the Comp" is scheduled for Friday February 2, 2018  We are seeking entries from our Junior Jumpers - to get in on the fun!    Winner will be announced mid December, prior to the start of the season.  Submit your competition name (with the help of Mom/Dad) to:  stpaulskiclub@gmail.com,  subject line: “Name the Comp”    Multiple entries per jumper will be accepted! We are also planning on something fun this season with it being an Olympic year!  Watch for details as the season begins! SPSC Jumpers in Park City for Springertournee & Nationals     Edlund, Forrester, Swanson, Wallace represented SPSC     Results:  Fri July 28 - K90     Sat July 29 - K120 National Championships Trev Edlund, Daisy Forrester, Adeline Swanson, and Bryan Wallace were in Park City this week for the annual Jindro Mayer Springertournee.  On Friday, Adeline placed 9th on the HS42, and Daisy was 2nd on the HS42 in the Open Class.  Brian was 4th on the HS100, and Trev was 21st.  In Saturday’s 2018 US National Championships, Brian placed 6th and Trev 24th. Huge Crowd Attends Life Celebration of Wally Wakefield     Competitor, promoter, club official, inducted into SPSC HOF in 1993 Wally Wakefield passed away May 2, 2017.  He was a tireless volunteer with the youth programs at the St Paul Ski Club throughout his life.  He began his lifelong involvement with ski jumping as acompetitor back in the 1950s.  He was inducted into the SPSC Hall of Fame in 1993.  In addition, he was a columnist and sportswriter in St Paul and the eastern suburbs for many years, and the original pressbox announcer for the Minnesota North Stars.  He was also involved in youth baseball and golf.  His circle of friends was wide, and they weren’t just acquaintances.  To know Wally was to be his friend. Wally was one of the key people involved in the founding of Friends of American Ski Jumping, the parent organization of the American Ski Jumping Museum and Hall of Fame in Red Wing.  During the past ten years, he served as the chairman of the Selection Committee for the ASJ Hall of Fame.  There’s a link to Wally’s bio on our Hall of Fame page. The Wakefield family held a "Celebration of Life" for Wally on Sunday May 14, at the American Legion in North St Paul, which overflowed with attendees from all the many “walks of life” in which Wally had been involved.  Wally’s son Peter recalled memories, as did others, and his daughter Laura read a favorite poem of her dad’s, “Where the Sidewalk Ends” by Shel Silverstein.  There was a gathering at the St Paul Ski Club in the evening to place Wally’s ashes near Wakefield Hill, our 10 meter jump, which is named after him.       Official Obituary (May 7, 2017)       Annual Junior Awards Banquet Held Tues April 4     Always a highlight … recognizing achievements and progress of our athletes Our Junior Awards banquet, where each of our young flyers is recognized for what they’ve accomplished is always the final highlight of the season.  For youngsters just beginning, maybe it’s mastering our smallest jump or moving up to a bigger one.  For our kids who have been at it a season or two, it often involves moving up to bigger jumps again, and traveling to tournaments hosted by other clubs.  Individual progress is recognized, as well as competition results, and our young skiers get to see videos of the season’s action. It was held at Tinucci’s on the evening of April 4, and smiles were everywhere.  See you next year! St Paul Ski Club Promising Skier Scholarship Fund     Learn more about our education program … SPSC EDUCATION FUND     The primary purpose of the St Paul Education Foundation, Inc and the St Paul Ski Club is to provide facilities, equipment and training for young athletes interested in the sport of ski jumping. Throughout its 131 years, the St Paul Ski club has developed a number of ski jumpers competing at the national, international and Olympic levels.  When a young ski jumpers rises to the level of a top national competitor, the opportunity exists for competing in ski jumping tournaments throughout the United States and Europe.  There is a short window of opportunity for these skiers to compete at this level and the St Paul Education Foundation strives to give them that opportunity.  Fortunately, the St Paul Education Foundation is now in a position to provide additional skier support through the 2 to 1 donation match. Hopefully our skiers can count on your loyal support.   Brian Wallace Wins Twice at Norge Feb 11-12      Results:   Sat 2/11 K70     Sat 2/11 Small Hills     Sun 2/12 K70  The Norge Ski Club was forced by warm weather to postpone its late January until Feb 11-12.  SPSC jumper Brian Wallace, who has been on the podium frequently for the last month, won the open class both days.                           Photo by Bonnie Gibson; click to enlarge Trev Edlund in FIS Junior World Championships Feb 1-5     Individual competition results    Wed 2/1:   men    women St Paul Ski Club’s Trevor Edlund was one of five men named to the US Team for the Junior World Champonships, held in Park City Jan 30-Feb 5.  Jumping events were held at Utah Olympic Park.                Meg Larson photo … click to enlarge     >>> St Paul Pioneer Press article about Trev Jan 20, 2017 Individual competitons for men & women were held on Wednesday.  In the men’s event, Casey Larson was the top US finisher, in 8th,  Viktor Polasek of the Czech Republic was the winner, ahead of Italy’s Alex Insam and Germany’s Constantin Schmid.  There were three Slovenians in the top ten, and in addition to the USA and, the three countries represented on the podium, Japan, Poland, and Austria all had athletes in the top ten.  Larson was the only US athlete to make the final round of 30; SPSC’s Trev Edlund finished 44th of 64. Italy’s Manuela Malsiner took the women’s title.   Gabriella Armstrong was the top US finisher in 37th.     Team competition results          Fri 2/3:   men    women Friday was the day for team competition.   Slovenia took the men’s title, ahead of Germany and Austria.. The US squad finished 11th, ahead of Norway in 12th.  Edlund was on the four-man men’s team. Germany topped the women’s team event, with Slovenia 2nd and Austria 3rd.  The US women’s team made the final round, finishing 8th.    Mixed team competition results  Sun 2/5:   men & women The final ski jumping event of the JWCs was the mixed-team competition, with teams consisting of two men and two women.  Slovenia and Germany took the top two spots, with Japan in 3rd.  Edlund was also on the the US mixed team, which finished 12th. Wallace 2nd & 3rd in Westby US Cup Competition Feb 3-4     Brian’s hot streak continues in Westby WI Results:  Fri 2/3   Sat 2/4 On Friday evening in Westby, Brian Wallace finished 2nd behind Slovenia’s Nik Fabijan, and ahead of Finland’s Henri Kavilo.  Fabijan jumped 119 and 118 meters, rolling up 270.8 points.  Wallace jumped 119 twice, but slightly lower technique scores gave him a total of 270.1.  Saturday afternoon found Kavilo on top the podium, followed by Fabijan and Wallace. Saturday’s jumps overall were just a bit shorter than Friday’s; Kavilo flew 116 and 114 for 251.7 points.  This hill is a K108, larger than the “normal” Olympic jump.   Brian Wallace Wins US Cup Event in Ishpeming MI Jan 31 .                                     SPSC athlete dominates field, wins by 20 points Results: Tues 1/31 Flying 88 and 93 meters, Brian Wallace scored 232 points, taking the top spot on the podium in Ishpeming ahead of Slovenia’s Nik Fabijan, who scored 212.5.  Finland’s Joni Saapunki was 3rd with 202.   He’ll be competing in the next two midwest US Cup events, at Westby WI on Feb 5, and at Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove IL on Feb 11-12. Edlund 3rd Both Days in JWC Qualifying   PHOTO GALLERY     Competitions held at Utah Olympic Park     Results:  Fri 12/30   Sat 12/31 Three midwesterners stood on the podium on Friday at the Junior World Championships qualifying event in Park City Jan 30-Feb 5.  Casey Larson of Norge took the top spot, followed by Ben Loomis of Eau Claire and Trevor Edlund of St Paul.  On Saturday, it was same faces, same places!   In the women’s competition, Anna Hoffman was a double winner.  On Friday, Annika Belshaw was 2nd and Cara Larson 3rd.  Those two swapped positions Saturday.     (photos by Tom Kelly) Bill Mahre’s 1980 Olympics Uniform on Display in Red Wing     Long-time SPSC member and officer served as Chief of Start in Lake Placid Visitors to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame banquet on Aug 6 were greeted by a blue uniform with yellow trim, worn by Bill Mahre in his capacity of Chief of Start for the 1980 Olympics.  Here’s a photo, captured from a Wide World of Sports video, showing Bill with Canadian sensation Steve Collins, who’s preparing to head down the inrun.  If you get a chance to visit the museum, in the mezzanine level at the St James hotel, you’ll find a lot of wonderful ski jumping memorabilia.           CLICK PHOTO TO ENLARGE Support our Club and Programs by Shopping Online!     Please consider this as holiday shopping season approaches ... 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