Gustav Raaum (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1980
Born: January 20, 1926 Brevik, NOR
Died: December 28, 2014 Mercer Island, WA
Gus Rauum came to the United States in 1947 as a member of a Norwegian ski jumping team. The previous year he had taken first place in the junior event at the Homenkollen Ski Jumping tournament in Oslo. Over the next ten years he won many competitions most notably the NCAA national title in 1947 which he won again in 1950, the Pacific North West Class A title in 1948 and 1950 and, in 1956, the national Class A title, which was his last competition.
A graduate in business administration and accounting he worked his way up in several management positions in the ski industry. In 1967 he was the vice president and general manager at Jackson Hole, WY becoming the Chairman of Big Sky Resort in Montana in 1975.
He served the USSA in many capacities related to Nordic skiing and ski jumping, including chairing its ski jumping committee from 1958 to 1965. He was the organization's treasurer three times. He also provided advisory and technical assistance for many major events. In 1980 he was Chief of Competition for ski jumping at the Olympic Games in Lake Placid. He also served on the Board of the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame.
In 1971 the USSA awarded him its Julius Blegen Award and in 1992 he received the Bud and Mary Little Award for international service.