Ansten Samuelstuen (deceased)
Year Inducted: 2009
Born: May 7, 1929 Brøttum, Norway
Died: August 18, 2012 Louisville, Colorado
Ansten Samuelstuen was an outstanding ski jumper with many victories in his native Norway and eventually in his adopted country of the United States. Altogether he compiled 3 national and 4 North American titles during the 1950's and 60's.
During a 25-year career he collected 300 prizes and trophies in junior, national and international competition. The pinnacle of his career in Norway would be two victories in FIS sanctioned events in Lillestrom and Lillehammer, Norway in 1956. In 1956 he also finished 5th at the annual Holmenkollen event. Samuelstuen visited the United States in 1951 and set a national and North American distance record on Howelson Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado of 316 feet.
In 1954 he immigrated to the United States becoming a citizen in 1957. He won national titles in 1957, 1961 and 1962. In 1962 he set a Canadian distance record at Revelstoke, British Columbia of 262 feet becoming the first person to hold both the U.S. and Canadian records at the same time. He also claimed four North American titles: 1954, 1955, 1957 and 1964.
He was a member of the U.S. FIS ski jumping team at Lahti, Finland in 1958. He is a two time Olympian, competing for the U.S. in 1960 and 1964. In 1960 he was the top American jumper with a 7th place finish in the 80M event.