Anton Lekang (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1977
Born: January 4, 1904 Steilo-Vesterala, NOR
Died: January 1987 Winsted, CT
Anton Lekang won over 50 ski jumping tournaments in Norway, Canada and the United States and went on to make significant contributions to his sport.
He immigrated to the United States, settling in North Dakota in 1927. He won the U.S. amateur championship in 1932. In 1934 he set a hill record of 266 feet at Salt Lake City. Throughout the 1930's he was much in demand as an exhibition ski jumper as he criss-crossed the country putting on demonstrations. He designed ski jumps and worked with others to exhibit the sport in indoor venues like Madison Square Gardens in New York City. He also taught downhill and slalom skiing at several eastern schools including Yale University.