An original North Shore Olympian

One of the North Shore
One of the North Shore's first Olympians, Tom Mobraaten, visits Ocean Falls in 1933.
— image credit: Photo courtesy of the Hollyburn Historical Society

Pioneer ski jumper Tormod “Tom” Mobraaten was one of the first North Shore residents to compete in the Olympics.  He participated in the 1936 Winter Games in Bavaria, and at the 1948 Olympics in the Swiss Alps.

In the 1930s, the Norwegian native made a home for himself on West Van’s Hollyburn Mountain where a ski jumping trestle had recently been erected.

In his autobiography written in 1938, Mobraaten had some advice for would-be ski jumpers: “Always have a look at the take-off and in-run, making sure they are well raked and in good condition before going up to the top. In other words, look before you leap.”

Mobraaten died in June 1991.



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