Torger Tokle (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1959
Born: 1920. Lokkenverk, NOR
Died: March 5, 1945. Italy
Torger Tokle was a popular and likeable young ski jumper who immigrated to the United States in 1939. He was immediately a force in American ski jumping winning 42 of 48 sanctioned tournaments. Within 18 hours of his arrival on American shores he set a hill record at Bear Mountain Park in New York State.
Winner of the 1941 national championship he enlisted in the army in 1942, and was assigned to the renowned 10th Mountain Division. He attained the rank of Sergeant and died while leading his platoon during the famous battle at Riva Ridge in 1945.
The Toger Tokle Memorial Trophy was created by the National Ski Association to be awarded to the National Class A ski jumping champion.