Anders Haugen (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1963
Born: October 12, 1888 Oslo, Norway
Died: April 19, 1984 Yucaipa, CA
Anders Haugen is remembered for being the first American skier to medal at the Olympic Games and remains the only one from ski jumping to accomplish this feat.
He immigrated to the United States in 1909, following several of his siblings who had already come to America. He settled in Milwaukee, WI and soon joined its ski club. He enjoyed great success as a ski jumper and over time claimed four national championships.
In 1924 he was named to the U.S. Olympic Team and was appointed captain of the ski jumping team. He was awarded a fourth place finish in the Special Jumping Competition. Fifty years later a mathematical error was discovered by Jakob Vaage (Class of 1976), the eminent skiing historian. Vaage concluded that Haugen should have been awarded the bronze medal and his findings were eventually accepted by the International Olympic Committee. Haugen received his medal 50 years after the competition, from the family of Thorleif Haug, the initial bronze medalist.
Anders Haugen was a brick layer by trade and eventually moved with his brother Lars (Class of 1963) to California where he helped to start the Lake Tahoe Ski Club. He was actively directing junior programs into his 70's and skied until he was ninety-one.