Minneapolis Park Memory: Ski Jumping at Wirth Park
I have received several very interesting comments from Jim Balfanz on my post about the history of ski jumping in Minneapolis. Today he sent me this photo of him (left) and his brother John, both champion skiers, in a double jump at Wirth Park in 1956. Jim copied the photo from the West High School yearbook of 1956. The original photo was “courtesy of the Minneapolis Tribune.”
In his comments, Jim has provided the names of many people who were important in Minneapolis ski jumping at a time when Minneapolis was producing national champions and Olympians.
If anyone else has memories, stories or photos to add either as comments on that post or in e-mails to me, I’d be delighted to post them.
Thanks to Jim and also to Jay Martin for his comments.
David C. Smith minneapolisparkhistory[at]q.com