Chicago's Soldier Field Used To Host Ski Jumping Competitions

Chicago's Soldier Field Used To Host Ski Jumping Competitions

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Chicago's Soldier Field Used To Host Ski Jumping Competitions

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Chicago’s Soldier Field is known for being the home to the Bears, but the stadium was once used for much more.

According to the Chicago History Museum, Soldier Field hosted The Chicago Ski Tournament from 1936-1938, and again in 1954.

The silent video below shows scenes from the 1936 competition which was won by Eugene Wilson, an unemployed road worker from Minnesota, according to dnainfo.

Competitors landed on shaved ice, not snow!

Check out the short video below:

The 50-meter ski jump was completely wooden and set up by the Norges Ski Club based out of Fox River Grove.

The Chicago Bears are reportedly considering building a new stadium outside of the city.

Consider this our unofficial petition to bring ski jumping back to Soldier Field to save the historic venue!

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