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Gateway Ski Jump:

K-Point: 30 m
Men Winter Hill record: 33.5 m (110 ft) (Reidar Andersen NOR, 1939-03-12)
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1938
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Gateway Lodge Ski Club
Coordinates: 46.161388, -89.218613 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

In 1938 John King, a former tycoon of American radio and theatre industry, constructed a super-modern exalted standard hotel at Land O’Lakes in northern Wisconsin. For disport of the guests not only a new airport was constructed, but also a horse stable with riding site, a swimming resort, shooting range, bowling alley, golf range and many more. For the friends of winter sports a small ski jumping hill was built up right next to “King’s Gateway Hotel” on which Norway’s Reidar Andersen set up a hill record of 110 feet on March 12, 1939. The former unofficial distance record was said to be held by John Zoberaski of Gogebic Ski Club from Ironwood with 100 feet. Reidar Andersen, Olympic Bronze medal winner of Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936 and three-times in a row Holmenkollen winner from 1936 to 38, was tarrying in the U.S. in these times and was accidentally invited for the competition. But mainly only private competitions were organized on this ski jumping hill, since it always only served for the guests of the hotel. The only national competition were Nordic Combined championships in 1940, in 1946 the ski jump was finally removed.

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