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ISHPEMING – First constructed in 1925 and operating since 1926, Suicide Hill has invited skiers from all across the world.
Jumpers from Slovenia, Norway, Finland and the U.S. will all be in attendance for the 132nd Annual Suicide Hill Ski Tournament.
“I was coming here when I was a toddler,” says Gary Rasmussen, Head Ski Jumping Coach with the Ishpeming Ski Club. “My dad was on the ’52 Olympic team and he quit jumping when I was born in 1958 and I’ve been coming here right from the beginning of my life. I don’t consider myself an old timer because I watched this tournament with many people my dad’s age, my grandparents would always come here. This is a proud tradition of Ishpeming and Negaunee.”
This year’s tournament will also feature some more home-grown talent. Timothy Ziegler is 16-years-old, hailing from Negaunee. Ziegler will be competing in both the nordic skiing and ski jumping competition. This will be his second year competing in this tournament. But flying is something he’s grown accustomed to.
“Just thinking about what you’re going to do for the jump, nothing else,” said Timothy Ziegler, Ski Jumper from Negaunee. “It’s thinking about how your in run’s going to be, what you’re going to do for the takeoff and how you’re going to hold your flight position and then, of course, if you’re going to telemark or not.”
The tournament is part of the USA Nordic U.S. Cup Five Hills Tournament Tour. So you can bet teamwork and performance will be key for all skiers.
“In the course of the last couple of years, I’ve made friends from all the way out east in New York to Utah, Colorado and even some from Alaska that are here today,” said Ziegler.
The tournament heads to Fox River Grove, Illinois next for the fourth stop in the tournament. You can find more information on the 2019 USA Nordic U.S. Cup Five Hills Tournament Tour by clicking right here.
You can also find more information on the Annual Suicide Hill Ski Tournament right here.