Birger Ruud (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1970
Born: August 23, 1911 Kongsberg, NOR
Died: June 13, 1998 Kirkebyveien, NOR
Birger Ruud and his brother, Sigmund, dominated the world of ski jumping through the 1930's. He was a three time world champion (1931, 1935, 1937) and was the Olympic gold medalist in 1932. He set a world record in Norway of 76.5 meters in 1931 and broke it at Planica in 1943 with a jump of 94 meters. He was the Norwegian team coach in 1948.
He travelled and competed extensively in the United States contributing significantly to the growth of public interest in skiing at that time.