Featured  Athlete     Trevor Edlund at the    2017 US Large-Hill   Nationals in Park   City July 30, 2016.    He placed 10th. Saint Paul Ski Club
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SPSC Announces Summer Training Camp June 13-16 Finland’s Kimmo Yliriesto will be featured guest coach           VIEW FLYER        VIEW & PRINT REGISTRATION FORM 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)       USA Nordic Announces Expanded Junior Teams Names released for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined s;quads On April 26, USA Nordic announced junior team lineups for the 2017-18 season.  Read the full press release:      CLICK HERE 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) John R Lyons Tournament & Masters Nationals  PHOTO GALLERY     St Paul hosts season opener    Results:  K46 Jr classes   Small hills & Masters We held our annual all-hills John R Lyons Memorial Tournament on New Year’s Day, and this year the event also included the Masters Class National Championships for jumpers age 25 and over.  The link above will provide a consolidated scoresheet for all hills and all age classes.  Note that there are two results links.  The first is for a sanctioned tournament for junior classes on our 46 meter hill.  The second is for junior classes on the small hills, and Masters on the K46.   (photos by Chip Berniard) The father-daughter duo of Doug Maki (Masters 4) and Alana Maki-Foust (Masters 1) were both in action; Alana is a music teacher in Rice Lake WI; she is working to revive ski jumping in the Cameron WI area, and Doug is assisting her in achieving this goal!  Doug has been active with junior jumping for many years, and was inducted last year into the St Paul Ski Club Hall of Fame, also the American Ski Jumping HOF. Christmas Camp Dec 28-29 a Big Success ... AGAIN!     30+ kids participated, more than half new to the sport      PHOTOS:  Day 1   Day 2 Our 2017 winter season began with our traditional Christmas Learn to Jump Camp.  More than half of the approximately 30 kids who attended had never jumped before, and many had not been on skis.  After a full day of coaching and practice on the 10 meter hill on Wednesday, and another session Thursday morning, we held a mini-tournament with over 40 jumpers, ending with lots of smiles!.    (photos by Chip Berniard) Hall of Fame Banquet Honors Kris Edlund, Doug Maki      Event held in North St Paul on Friday Oct 21 The SPSC Hall of Fame Committee has selected well known and outstanding worker/member Kris Edlund as the 2016 inductee.  Kris has made her mark on the ski jumping world, both in the St Paul Ski Club, The Central Division and Nationwide.    Jodi Attig photo - click to enlarge view The Honorary SPSC Hall of Fame individual selected to receive this award is Doug Maki of the Itasca Ski and Outing Club in Coleraine, MN.  He too has devoted a numerous hours of dedication to ski jumping through his effort in Coleraine and the ski jumping world. Doug was recently inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame. We’ll have more details on the banquet soon.  See bios for Kris and Doug on our Hall of Fame page. SPSC’s Trev Edlund Places 5th in Nationals at Lake Placid     USA Nordic’s Will Rhoads wins Results:  Sunday Oct 9 The 2017 Normal Hill National Championships were held in Lake Placid NY on Sunday October 9. The men’s winner was Will Rhoads, with Kevin Bickner 2nd, Casey Larson 3rd, Michael Glasder 4th, and SPSC’s Trevor Edlund completing the top 5.  Tara Geraghty-Moats took the women’s title.    She also took this photo of Trev in flight.       click photo to enlarge image 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 SPSC Jumpers in Park City for Springertournee & Nationals     Edlund 10th, Wallace 16th in National Championships   Results: Sat July 30 Here’s how our SPSC athletes did in Springer Tournee competition:  EVENT PHOTOS Nordic Combined: HS15 -  U10M:  Aiden Laue 2nd Special Jumping:  HS15 -  U10M:  Aiden Laue 3rd Special Jumping:  HS 20 - U12W:  Adeline Swanson 1st Special Jumping:  HS100 - SR Men:  Trevor Edlund 11th, Brian Wallace 12th Special Jumping:  US Nationals LH - HS 134: Trevor Edlund 10th, Brian Wallace 16th Support our Club and Programs by Shopping Online!     Please consider this as holiday shopping season approaches ... We’re continuing to partner with Shop.com, which offers you convenience and good deals, and earns money to support our club throughout the year!  Click “S” logo below, for information about Shop.com, and click the Shop.com logo in the left column to enter the shopping portal!   2016 SEASON HIGHLIGHTS Edlund #1 in US Cup Series, Wallace 2nd, Friberg 6th       Season rankings published following finals in Brattleboro  view rankings The US Cup series was to have included eight events, but the second (Lake Placid, Dec 28) was canceled.  SPSC jumpers Trevor Edlund and Brian Wallace took the top two spots based on season point totals, and Christian Friberg, who was in Europe most of the season, finished 6th overall with a win in Eau Claire and 2nd place in Ishpeming. The third through seventh events were all held in the midwest, and are designated as the “Midwest 5 Hills Tour.”  These were held in Fox River Grove IL, Minneapolis, Westby WI, Eau Claire, and Ishpeming MI.  We hope to get the breakdown of the “5 Hills” rankings, and will publish once we receive them.. Friberg 26th, 28th in Iron Mountain Continental Cup       USA’s Mike Glasder WINS on Saturday!  Results:  Sat 2/20   Sun 2/21 It was a great weekend of FIS Continental Cup ski jumping in Iron Mountain MI. On Saturday, for the first time in 30 years, an American stood atop the podium.  Mike Glasder put together a pair of good jumps, and his consistency paid off in front of an enthusiastic crowd.  His teammate William Rhoads placed 6th, and a third US teammate, SPSC’s Christian Friberg made the final round, finishing 26th.  Trevor Edlund finished 33rd.  Saturday’s crowd was one of the biggest in memory, and they saw about 10 jumps over 130 meters, another dozen over 120. Friberg 2nd, Edlund 4th, Wallace 10th in Ishpeming “5 Hills”       Strong showing by SPSC at legendary Suicide Hill Results:  Wed 2/17 Christian Friberg took the 2nd spot on the podium in Ishpeming on Wed Feb 17 behind another American, William Rhoads of Park City, and ahead of Slovenia’s Rozle Zagar.  Just off the podium in 4th was Trevor Edlund, and Brian Wallace also made the top ten ... in 10th.  This was last of five midwest “Five Hills” tournaments within the season-long US Cup series.  NOTE: the date on the scoresheet (via link above) shows Tues Jan 27, 2015 ... that is an ERROR ... the names and scores are correct). Friberg 3rd Friday, 2nd Saturday in Eau Claire FIS Cup       Wallace 23rd & 22nd, Edlund 26th & 24th  Results:  Fri 2/12   Sat 2/13 It was Eau Claire’s first FIS Cup, and there was no shortage of talent, with jumpers from nine countries on hand.  Daniel Huber of Austria took the win on Friday evening, with his brother Stefan in 2nd place, and SPSC’s Christian Friberg completing the podium in 3rd.  Two other SPSC jumpers, Brian Wallace and Trevor Edlund, placed 23rd and 26th. On Saturday, it was Stefan Huber in 1st, with Friberg moving up to 2nd, and Daniel Huber 3rd.  Wallace improved a spot to 22nd, and Edlund moved up two places to 24th.
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Trev Edlund, Park City July 2016
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In January 2017, he was named to the US team for the Junior World Championships in Park City Jan 30 - February 5.
Wakefield Hill marker, St Paul Ski Club Click to  enlarge