Welcome to STORY PROJECT 2020!
The best month of the year as we wait for snow and recall the thrills and relationships that come with ski jumping and Nordic combined. This year the focus is on a PHOTO first and then the brief backstory behind it. If you’re sitting on a great photo (or three), please forward to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enjoy the ride!
Former USANS BOD Member, Chairman of the USANS Goverance Committee
Erlon “Bucky” Broomhall introduced me, and countless others, to cross country skiing and ski jumping in 1966 when he came to teach Physical Education at Bennington High School, in Bennington Vt. One of the first things he did was build a 20 meter ski jump at the Prospect Mt. Ski Area in nearby Woodford, Vt. The backside of the inrun was a tall earth mound accessible from one of the ski trails. A few days before this picture was taken I was alpine skiing at Prospect Mt. with a couple of my high school ski teammates and decided I would try to jump up and over the inrun and land on the outrun. I landed tips first on the end of the take-off! The last thing I remembered before being knocked unconscious was putting both hands over my face. Apparently, when my face hit the ground my left thumb dislocated and my ski goggle lenses broke and sliced through my right cheek. Needless to say, it made competing in slalom, cross country skiing and ski jumping at a ski meet in Rutland, Vt a few days later alot more interesting