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CANCAN-ONSault Ste. Marie

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Hiawatha Park Ski Jump:

K-Point: 50 m
Year of construction: 1966
Operating until: 1975
K50 (1966-1975)K70 (1952-1966)

Further jumps: K30
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1952
Operating until: 1975
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Sault Ski Club
Coordinates: 46.581321, -84.278874 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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The Austrian ski jumper and hill architect Karl Martitsch immigrated to Canada in 1951 and built a 70 meter ski jumping hill in the Hiawatha Highlands of Sault Ste. Marie. In 1950's, a number of competitions with first-class ski jumpers and national trials had been hosted on the ski jumping hill. In 1966 the ski jump was severely damaged by strong rainfall and a landslide - since then, the slope is called "Landslide hill". Until 1970's the renovated 50 meter hill had still been used, but then ski jumping activities in Sault Ste. Marie ended.

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3)   Roger Diotte   wrote on 2020-04-24 at 21:14:

Wow, I remember going to watch!

So I must've been around 8 or 9 years old, my mom taking me up to the jump as a kid and I was totally HOOKED! I can't believe this once happened right here in my area now that it's fast forward 40 years. Those days when people dreamed big and did things in spite just because it made sense!
I climbed this jump many many many times and was getting the urge...then it died!
Oh how I wanted to soar....Regardless I'm an avid downhill skier these days because of my mom tweaking my interest....
Thanks for the stories Norm!
What sticks wildly in my head and visions of that day I first went to watch them eagles soar down this jump back in 75 was this song "George Baker Selection - La Paloma Blanca 1975". LOL I know but that day there was speakers loudly playing the local radio station CKCY 920am and this song was burned in my mind! I'm just a bird in the sky...

2)   Norman Abbott   wrote on 2019-01-21 at 10:22:

Hiawatha Ski Jump Sault Ste Marie Ontario Canada

In summer 1958, Soo Ski Club Skiers Ian MacDonald and Herb Lederer started construction of a larger ski jump near smaller Soo Ski Club jump built by Karl Martitsch in 1952. Canadian championships were held in 1959 and 1960.

1)   Norm Abbott   wrote on 2019-01-21 at 10:13:

Hiawatha Ski jump SSMarie Ont Canada

I entered North American and Canadian Ski Jump championships here in 1959 and 1960 . Winner Jacques Charland of Canada and
Gene Kotlarek of Duluth Minnesota USA

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