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Brighton Ski Jump:

K-Point: 60 m
Men Winter Hill record: 61.3 m (201 ft) (Ted Zoberski USA, 1936)
Tower height: 39.6 m
K-Point: 30 m
Tower height: 15.2 m
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1935
Year of destruction: 1937
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Michigan State Ski Club
Coordinates: 42.543889, -83.765000 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

Henry Hall from Ishpeming was one of the ski jumping pioneers in North America in the first three decades of the 20th century and set up new World Records several times. In 1928 he came to Brighton near Detroit and bought land near Flint Road for the construction of a ski jumping hill.
It took until 1935 to found Michigan State Ski Club and construct the 60 meter hill with its 40 meter high inrun tower on a sand dune - probably at that time the world's highest ski jump inrun! Due to weather conditions the inauguration of the hill was delayed until end of February 1936. When Hall himself went over the bakken, it was already late and snow conditions in the outrun were far from optimal - Hall fell badly and broke his hip! Doctors expected him to remain with permanent walking problems and that he could never jump again! But the ski jumping enthusiast managed to recover and continued skiing until high ages!
However, the giant inrun tower was sold to Detroit Winter Sports Club already in 1937, dismantled and then re-used for the ski jump at nearby Rochester.

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