Sigmund Ruud
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Sigmund Ruud

Sigmund Ruud
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Country Norway
Born(1907-12-30)30 December 1907
Kongsberg, Norway
Died7 April 1994(1994-04-07) (aged 86)
Oslo, Norway
Height183 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Ski clubKongsberg IF
Personal best86 m (282 ft)
Villars, Switzerland
(19 January 1933)

Sigmund Ruud (30 December 1907 - 7 April 1994) was a Norwegian ski jumper. Together with his brothers Birger and Asbjørn, he dominated ski jumping in the 1920s and 1930s.


At the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz, Sigmund earned a silver medal. At the 1929 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships, he won the ski jumping competition while earning a bronze at the 1930 event. Sigmund also competed in the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival, which first began in 1933. He also competed at the 1932 Winter Olympics in the ski jumping event, but finished seventh due to appendicitis. Additionally, Sigmund wanted to compete in the first alpine skiing events at the 1936 Winter Olympics, though he did not start.[1]

For his contributions in ski jumping, Sigmund earned the Holmenkollen medal in 1949, the last of the three Ruud brothers to do so. Sigmund was the only one of the three not to win the Holmenkollen ski jumping competition. Sigmund Ruud and fellow Norwegian ski jumper Jacob Tullin Thams are considered co-creators of the Kongsberger technique after World War I, a ski jumping technique that was the standard until it was superseded by the Daescher technique in the 1950s. Ruud also served as chairman of the FIS Ski Jumping Committee in 1946-1955 and 1959-1967. He owned and ran a sport shop in Oslo.[1]

On 24 February 1931 he set his first official world record at 264 ft (80.5 metres).[2] Later he set two more official world records at 84 m (276 ft) and 86 m (282 ft).

Ski jumping world records

Date Hill Location Metres Feet
24 February 1931   Bolgenschanze Davos, Switzerland 80.5 264
March 1932   Bolgenschanze Davos, Switzerland 82 269
19 January 1933   Tremplin de Bretaye Villars, Switzerland 84 276
19 January 1933   Tremplin de Bretaye Villars, Switzerland 86 282
25 March 1934   Bloudkova velikanka Planica, Kingdom of Yugoslavia 95 312

  Not recognized! He stood and tied Lymburne's WR distance, but hors concours, outside of competition.[3]
  Not recognized! Ground touch at world record distance.[4]


  1. ^ a b Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Sigmund Ruud". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020.
  2. ^ Powder Pioneers, p. 29, 30. Chic Scott. 2005. ISBN 9781894765640. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ "Recent Ski Records" (PDF). Canadian Ski Annual. Retrieved 2020.
  4. ^ "Jutro, p.1 -- Chapter: Rekord za rekordom (paragraph 1) -- jumps mentioned in chronological order" (in Slovenian). Jutro. 26 March 1934.

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