Nels Nelsen (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1971
Died 1943, Revelstoke, Canada
Nels Nelsen was an active competitive ski jumper during the 1920's who set a world record of 240 feet in Revelstoke in 1924. After a hunting accident ended his competitive career he remained active as a coach and teacher and had a positive influence on the organization of skiing in western Canada and on the Pacific north-west in the United States. He was highly regarded for his sense of sportsmanship and actively promoted a strict adherence to the amateur code when he believed that debates over professionalism were seriously disrupting the National Ski Association.
Nelsen Hill in Revelstoke is named after him.