Sverre Fredheim (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1973
Born: December 10,1907 Gran Hadeland, NOR
Died: April 1981 St. Paul, MN
Starting his ski jumping career in the United States in 1930, Fredheim quickly moved from jumping in the Class C to the top ranks of Class A. In 1931, he competed in the Central USSA Division Championships at Canton, South Dakota where he won the Class B title and was moved to Class A. There was a special longest standing jump competition after the meet which he won with a jump of 192’, not only surpassing all the Class A jumpers but also breaking a hill record.
He went on to be one of the top jumpers in the Central Division. He made the U.S. Olympic team in 1936 and placed highest of all American jumpers with eleventh place in the finals. In 1937, he won the first place in the eight meets in the Central Division and started off the season by setting a hill record at Devils Lake, North Dakota with a jump of 212’.
He made the Olympic team again in 1948 and was the second highest of American jumpers. Although eligible for the Veterans’ Class long before, he continued to compete in Class A. In 1951, at the age of 44, he placed ninth in the Olympic tryouts at Iron Mountain, Michigan. In 1955 after competing and winning in Class A since 1931, he began jumping in the Veterans’ Class.