Year Inducted: 1982
Born: March 18, 1935 Ishpeming, MI
Died: January 17, 2016 Iron Mountain, MI
Rudy Maki devoted himself to ski jumping from a very early age earning wide national and international respect as a competitor and official for his dedication and contributions to his sport.
He competed at his first ski jumping tournament at the age of eight and by the time he was eighteen was a recognized Class "A" ski jumper within the Central United States Ski Association. In 1954 he won the North American Championships while also setting a hill record at Mount Hood, Oregon. The following year was a great year for him as he became the national champion while also defending his North American Championship and setting hill records in Ishpeming and Iron Mountain. His jump of 300 feet at Iron Mountain is still regarded as a historical event.
He retired in 1960 but then volunteered as an official and judge. He received his national certification in 1962 and continued to be a student of the sport so that by 1971 he was a certified FIS official. Among many judging assignments was the pre-Olympic Tournament in Lake Placid in 1979. In other capacities he served as vice-president of the CUSSA Judges Association, President of the CUSSA Ski Officials Association and on the Board of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Hall of Fame.