The Wall Street Journal has found McHenry County.
While the WSJ does not have a skier jumping off the Fox River Grove ski jump, as does McHenry County Blog, it has published a big article on the Norge Ski Club’s being a training ground for perhaps a majority of the men’s Winter Olympic jumpers in Korea.
It came from Ely, Minnesota, and the Club agreed to pay that city $1 for it, installing it in Fox River Grove. (But no one can remember paying Ely the $1.)
It cost about $500,000 to disassembly, transport and install it in McHenry County.
Smith says it is unlikely any of the Norge jumpers will win a medal, but Norge’s presence is noteworthy. No American has won since 1924, the first Winter Olympics.
So, who are the Norge jumpers who may be on the United States Team?
- Kevin Bickner, holder of the U.S. ski-jumping record is from Wauconda
- Michael Glasder, who resides in Cary
- A.J. Brown, who lives within sight of the ski jump
- Casey Larson, who also lives within sight of the structure
The Journal considers it “probable” three of the four-man team will have trained at Norge.
This is an expensive sport.
Besides the contests in summer and winter, there is a fundraiser for Norge each year consisting of a silent auction, wine and cheese.
At the event, jumpers demonstrate their skills.
The latest invitation I could found had it in November.
If you would like to be put in touch with the organizers to provide an item for the next auction or to make a donation, there is contact information on the Norge web site.