Frederick W. Mittelstadt (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1999
Born: 9-10-1916 Died: 4-27-2006
Frederick “Fritz” Mittelstadt was born and raised on a farm in Eau Claire County, Wisconsin. Skiing was a must as heavy snows in the late 1920s and early 1930s closed roads. He started ski jumping very young from snow bumps on small hills in the area close to home, then to the large hill in Eau Claire.
Fritz had a long and varied career serving the United States Ski Association. He was a certified by USSA as an alpine, cross country and ski jumping judge and technical delegate. He served as alpine race referee, cross country starter/timer and chief of competition.
At the NCAA Winter Sport Championship, Fritz was nominated by Willy Schaeffler and confirmed by the governor of Nevada to be tournament director. He was chief of competition for two ski flying events at Ironwood, Michigan; jumping judge for five Olympic tryouts (1972-’76); technical delegate for National Championships, Lake Placid, New York, Brattleboro, Vermont and Eau Claire, Wisconsin; was appointed chief of jumping officials, Lake Placid Winter Olympics in 1980, plus served on the competition committee and judged at 90M and 120M competitions in the U.S. and Canada. He was the first American to judge a 90M competition in Japan.