Class of 2018 American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame see bio
Most people never realized that my dad, Gene Levasseur, was a ski jumper!
He was born in Rumford, Maine and moved to Worcester, MA when he was just 13.
It was really tough in those days before highways to be a jumper from central Massachusetts!
He would tell me how it would take over 8 hours to get to places like Lake Placid and Bear Mountain.
But he had a great love for the sport and was quite an athlete.
The first photo was with Art Tokle. I remember asking dad about him coming in second in class A to Art. He told me that he NEVER was much competition for Mr. Tokle!
I included the article ” WINS SKI JUMP ” of Gene to also remind people that there were ski jumps all over New England! Several were in Massachusetts. Dad talked about how he liked the one in Greenfield, MA because it was only an hour away on route 2!
The last photo is of the 1954 FIS training team. Let’s see who can name them!!
Lastly, ski jumping enriched our lives beyond words. So many wonderful experiences and great friends! I wanted to be a hockey player but I’m glad dad introduced me to this incredible sport. In my opinion, I think ski jumping is the greatest sport in the World!