WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Jeff Hastings '81 is being inducted into the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame April 8 in Stowe, Vt.
Hastings, who came to Williams College from Norwich, Vt., competed in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia, where he recorded the highest modern day finish by a U.S. ski jumper. Hastings placed fourth in the long hill jumping competition, just 2/10s of a point out of third and a bronze medal finish.
Hastings also placed fourth overall in the World Cup standings in 1984.
Leading up to the 1984 Olympics Hastings won the long hill World Cup event at Lake Place, N.Y.
U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame release:
Jeff Hastings, NH: Jeff impacted Olympic ski jumping as a competitor and coach. His fourth-place Olympic performance in 1984 in Sarajevo holds as a record in modern U.S. ski jumping. He has continued his work teaching, judging, and commentating competitions and advocating for jumping and Nordic combined.
Jeff Hastings (front row far left squatting in front
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame induction will take place at Stowe Mountain Resort in The Great Room of The Spruce Lodge on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
"Bud Fisher (ski coach) and early decision," Hastings said were strong reasons why he chose to attend Williams. "Williams had a nice jump at Berlin Mt. and competed on the D1 ski carnival circuit... ski jumping was still a part of that mix until 1980 when dropped by NCAA," Hastings noted.
Bud Fisher commented, "Jeff was very unusual as he competed for the U.S. Ski Team while also being a student/skier at Williams. He would leave campus for a weekend in Europe or Japan for a World Cup jumping event. All other competitors at these events were professionals who spent the entire year training and competing in ski jumping."
"Jeff's biggest success was at the Sarajevo Olympics where he finished 4th," added Fisher. "Since ending his competitive career Jeff has been very involved in promoting and coaching ski jumping at the grass roots level especially with his home club the Ford Sayer Ski Club in Hanover. A more modest and understated guy never leaped off a ski jump with such aggression and determination to fly than Jeff!"
After graduating from Williams Hastings attended The Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College and served as the ski jumping commentator for ABC, CBS, and NBC for every Winter Games from 1988 through 2014.
Hastings resides in Hanover, N.H. with his wife Kathy where they raised their three children. He is the President of PRO-CUT International, an automotive specialty product supply company located in nearby West Lebanon, N.H.