Tom Oddy – December 28th, 2021

7 Comments

  1. Fantastic story and a reminder of what a loss it was when NCAA dropped ski jumping. The good news is through the efforts of incredibly dedicated ski jumping community individuals (including the author), that have stayed the course, this sport is making a comeback. NCAA should take notice.

    1. Tom Oddy

      Thank you, Scott and we all appreciate what you are doing for Ski Jumping!

  2. Mark Levasseur

    Great stuff Tom and great photos!
    THANKS for all you do for Ski Jumping!

    Mark

    1. Tom Oddy

      Thank you Mark! It is rewarding to see so many former Ski Jumpers like yourself, continuously step up and give back to the sport.

  3. Dave Lantz

    Toddy, great memories. Those were some of the most fun times in our careers that took us back to the early 60’s. Thanks for all you have done, and are doing, to keep the sport alive and well. Carry on! Dave

  4. Greg

    Tom-great story. I loved the fact you didn’t leave out NEC and Si Dunklee! Like the other coaches you named, Si was the guy who carted me around (NEC ‘78-‘82) even after the program ended at the NCAA level. It’s because of Si and others like him (Alan Johnson) that I made a career standing on the side of ski jumps all over the world! Great story-great times-great memories. I hope I can make the reunion.
    Keep flying,
    Greg Poirier

    1. Michael Ives

      Greg, I happened to find Tom’s story and was very happy to see NEC mentioned. I was a high school jumper (St.Paul’s School in Concord, NH, 1972-76) and we learned and practiced on your NEC jumps. I plan to be in NH late this spring 2022 and was hoping to find the spot where the jumps were located. Please let me know if you happen to have a road name or general directions.

      It was so nice to read Tom’s story and see the photos too. My memories of seeing Walter Malmquist, at Holderness at that time, just schooling everyone else on the jumps, or having the honor of having him or even Bill Koch pass me in the XC races, all were fond memories. That was a great time for Nordic skiing.
      Best,
      Michael Ives

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