Jakob Vaage (deceased)
Year Inducted: 1976
Born: February 9, 1905 Oslo, NOR
Died: January 29, 1994 Bekkestua, NOR
At one time Jacob Vaage was regarding as the world's leading authority on the history of ski sport. Besides having been the curator of the Ski Muset at the Holmkollen in Norway for decades beginning in 1947, he possessed a rich background of involvement with the sport in all its phases.
In 1924 he was the Norwegian junior ski jumping champion but later moved on to alpine skiing and eventually chaired the Norwegian slalom committee beginning in1933. He managed Norway's slalom team at the 1936 Olympic Games and in 1939 chaired the ski instructors committee. He was a member of the FIS Judges Committee and was a judge at the 1960 Olympics. Over the years he wrote numerous technical articles and books.
Among his achievements, he helped to locate and memorialize Sondre Norheim's grave site in Minot, North Dakota. He also arranged the donation of 60 pairs of historic skis to the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.