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New Hampshire Ski Jump Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Credit: Sirberlinnh [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Nansen Ski Jump in Milan, New Hampshire has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The "Big Nansen" Ski Jump was built in 1938. Being 65-meters long, it was the largest jump in the U.S. at that time. During it's operating time, this ski jump was the site for National Ski Jumping Championships, Olympic Ski Jumping qualifiers, and U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. There was also hopes that the 1944 Winter Olympic games would take place in N.H. with this site being the venue for the ski jumping events. However, those games were canceled due to World War II.

Operations continued until the jump was closed in 1988. After twenty-years being closed down, there was a historical marker erected to commemorate the ski jumps place in history. However, this site would not fall to history.

In 2015, though the ski jump appeared to be in a state of disrepair, work began on a full restoration of the ski jump. Work continued and the ski jump reached a state of repair that allowed a celebratory jump to take place on March 4, 2017. The jump was taken by Olympian Sarah Hendrickson. Since then, work has continued with a plan to return competition ski jumping to the venue.

In the meantime, the jump has been added to the National Register of Historic Places. It earned this place on the register due to its architecture and place in U.S. sports history. The register, the federal government's official list of sites deemed worthy of preservation for their historical significance, will ensure that this site will have its place in history, but will also have a future.

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