Casper Oimoen  (deceased)

Year Inducted: 1963

Born:  May 8, 1906

Died: July 28, 1995

Casper Oimoen was a graceful and powerful ski jumper who enjoyed a memorable 19 year career which included three national championships.  After arriving in the United States in 1923 he settled in Minot, North Dakota.  He became a much esteemed resident of that city and a full size statue in memory of him can be found in one of the city's parks.

During his career he entered over 200 ski jumping tournaments.  He compiled an enviable record of 14 national, divisional and state titles and held six hill records including a national record for distance set in Big Pine, CA in 1935 of 255 feet.  He was national Class A champion in 1930, 1931 and 1934.

He was named to three Olympic Teams.  A mix up in his citizenship papers prevented him from competing in 1928 but he was the top American jumper in 1932 with a 5th place finish.  Witnesses and American officials believed that judging irregularities prevented his obtaining the bronze medal.  He captained the 1936 Olympic ski jumping team.  He was named to the "All-American Ski team" for  three years. 

 

 


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