A Legend Retires but the Future is Bright


  1. Walter Malmquist

    This is a great piece on Tim’s philosophy and accomplishments as well as Chris’ experience and goals. Proctor Academy, Andover Outing Club, and clubs around Andover were most fortunate to have a leader so devoted to building and sustaining the sports of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined as Tim. Many of the dividends of Tim’s efforts are obvious, but the passion Tim brought to the hills and athletes could only be felt rather than seen… perhaps making it difficult to describe but easy to feel from the bottom of everyone’s hearts who Tim touched.

    I’m one of the fortunate skiers who Tim touched, both as a competitor and coach. Despite my best efforts, I can’t thank him enough.

    Jed Hinkley described Chris as “the perfect fit” to succeed Tim. Chris’ background and quoted ambitions complemented by Gregor Makechnie’s confidence in Chris provide great foundations for Chris to carry on and move forward. Consequently, we at NESJNC “Flying Further” couldn’t agree more.

  2. Walter Malmquist

    Jed Hinkley wrote a great piece on Tim Norris’ commitment to and accomplishments in supporting and developing the sports and athletes of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in the Northeastern United States.

    Tim’s coaching philosophy and talents for working with athletes and their family members did indeed produce remarkable results… many of the dividends from which are obvious, such as the huge number of athletes and families he introduced to the sports and many of his protégés becoming national and Olympic team members. Perhaps less obvious dividends may be how Tim touched the souls of his protégés… how he made them believers in themselves and their teammates so that they not only elevated their own competitive Jumping and X-C performance levels but so that they and their family members acquired at least a portion of Tim’s passion for the sports so that they would coach other athletes and help with hill preparation and event activities. Those are legacies that maybe more difficult to see and/or articulate; however, they are easy for Tim’s protégés to feel… with great warmth and appreciation from the bottom of our hearts.

    Jed also did a superb job capturing Chris Jones’ background and ambitions, as well as Gregor Makechnie’s confidence in Chris, that make Chris the “perfect fit” to become Tim’s successor to sustain and move forward the programs that Tim and Tim’s Crews established and grew for more than four decades.

    Jed Hinkley, another Proctor/AOC guy who like Chris acquired Tim’s passion, really nailed it… A Legend Retires, but the Future is Bright!

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