From the scrapbook of Cynthia Elyce Rubin
CYNTHIA ELYCE RUBSIN
The Norwegian American
Norwegian-born Torger Tokle was one of America’s all-time finest ski jumpers. At age 21, he soared at 55 feet over the Hudson River at Bear Mountain, N.Y., in 1941. He was killed in action while serving in Italy with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II.
Arthur and Kyree Tokle, brothers of Torger Tokle, killed in action in Italy in 1945, polished their skis as they got ready to compete in the Torger Tokle Memorial Ski Tournament at Bear Mountain, N. Y., Jan. 1948.
Simon Slåttvik represented Norway in the World Championships over Lake Placid, N.Y., in 1950. He competed at the 1952 Winter Olympics in the Nordic combined and 18 km cross-country skiing and won the gold medal in the former event.
Torbjørn Yggeseth won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival in 1963, the same year he earned the Holmenkollen medal. He competed in two Winter Olympics, where he earned his best finish of fifth in the individual large hill event at Squaw Valley in 1960. Yggeseth trained in the U.S. Air Force as a pilot. He also created the Ski Jumping World Cup which first began in the 1979–80 season.
This article originally appeared in the Jan. 29, 2021, issue of The Norwegian American. To subscribe, visit SUBSCRIBE or call us at (206) 784-4617.