Hall of Fame Class of 1970
Fred Bruun became a member of the Norge Ski Club in 1912 and he competed as a Class “A” jumper from 1913 to 1928. He was a long serving volunteer on behalf of skiing.
Fred Bruun was a charter member of the CUSSA Ski Officials Association and served as its president for the first of its existence. After retiring from active competition, he continued serving as a ski official for over forty years on the club, divisional and national levels. He represented the Norge Ski Club as a CUSSA convention delegate twenty-five times and had a long record of attendance at NSA conventions.
Fred moved into his officiating role following a lengthy competitive career. He joined the Norge Ski Club in 1913 and competed for 16 years, first as a professional and later as a Class “A” amateur. In 1915 he started at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs, Colorado – placing second behind Ragnar Omtvedt.
After capturing two first prizes on the famous Norge Hill at Chicago, Bruun achieved his biggest success in Minneapolis in 1922. With all the best skiers participating, he took second place – again behind the invincible Omtvedt. He climaxed his jumping career six years later by winning first prize at Oconomowoc, Wisconsin and then retired to judge the national tournament that followed at Red Wing, Minnesota.
By this time, Bruun had already served one term as president of the Norge Ski Club (in 1925). He was elected six more times: in 1932, 1933, 1934, 1937, 1938 and 1939. This was a record in his era.
An enthusiastic advocate of a ski judges’ association on the order of the Norwegian Ski Judges’ Association, Fred Bruun was chosen as president of the first ski judges’ association in the country: the Central U.S. Ski Judges’ Association. Not only did this association provide a venue and incentive for the nation’s top jumping competitors, it enabled the National Ski Association to have its judges approved for big international meets in Europe – including the prestigious Holmenkollen.
Bruun left a crucial mark on the Central U.S. Ski Judges’ Association of which he was president for ten years. A number of constructive programs emerged under his leadership. These included such a thorough system of testing and assessing applicants’ qualifications that the association could soon boast of a staff of accredited judges, qualified for national and international tournaments. In later years, similar judges’ associations followed suit in other divisions.
As one of the NSA’s top competitors and ski judges, Fred Bruun was elected to the U.S. National Ski Hall of Fame in 1970.
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