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Meet the Athletes: Ski Jumpers in the Eastern USA

The Pride of the Upper Valley

For more than a decade, the U. S. Ski Jumping Team was dominated by athletes from the upper Connecticut River Valley. Six of these ski stars grew up in little Norwich VT and learned to ski in the junior jumping program of the Ford Sayre Ski Club across the Connecticut River in Hanover NH. Two families produced five of these six:

Jeff Hastings from Norwich placed fourth in the large hill competition at the Sarajevo Olympic Games, just a meter or two out of the medals. He finished the 1984 season in fourth place in World Cup Standings. Jeff collected four U.S. National Championships during his career.


Jeff Hastings, surrounded by some
of the beautiful ladies in his life.

Mike Holland, also from Norwich, campaigned on the World Cup circuit for seven seasons, scoring World Cup points every year.
He set a new World distance record
for ski flying in 1985 won a silver medal at the World Ski Flying championships in 1989. Mike also collected four U.S. National titles.

Chris Hastings (Jeff's younger brother) competed in the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the World University Games and he won two U.S. National crowns. Later, as NYSEF jumping coach, Chris lifted the Lake Placid training program to a new level. Each year, in Salisbury, he would dust off his skis and show his students that the coach could still do it!

The second Holland brother, Joe Holland, chose Nordic Combined skiing rather than special jumping. In his nine year international career he competed in two Olympic Games, two World Championships, and the World University Games. Joe won National Nordic Combined Championships three times and even tried his hand at ski flying.


The youngest Holland brother, Jim Holland , the first U.S. jumper to succeed with the V-style, competed in two Olympic Games, two World Championships, eclipsed the others with six National titles.

Jim in Albertville
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Tad Langlois from Newport NH Skied in three Olympics and two World Championships. He was top U.S. finisher in The Lillehammer Olympics and in the 1994 World Cup.
(The 89.5 meter flight shown at the right put Tad into second place after the first round in the World Junior Championships, Lake Placid, 1986.)

Nordic Combined skier Tim Tetreault, Norwich VT, was the last active jumper from this generation. With three Olympics and three U.S. National crowns under his belt, Tim retired from international competition, at the end of the 1999 ski season.


Photo-Op in Hanover
Legends of the Ford Sayre Ski Club at the Last Fling
on the famous Dartmouth College ski jump.
L-R: Mike Holland, Joe Holland, Chris Hastings,
Dave Weider, Jamie Hutchins, Jim Holland.
To tally up the gold medals these guys have hauled home from the U.S. National Championships, see the list of recent Champions .

The famous Dartmouth College "Big Hill", where all these Ford Sayre jumpers developed their skills, was torn down in the spring of 1993 but the Great Blizzard of '93 provided snow for one last fling. It was a fitting way to say farewell to a grand old ski jump. Read about it .

The sport is waiting to see who will be the next Pride of the Upper Valley .

Next, you can meet the promising young jumpers who represent the future of jumping in the east, or go on to meet:


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