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    • Jackrabbit at 100

      June 20, 2011

      This short film retraces the life of Herman Smith Johannsen – the man who introduced the sport of cross-country skiing to Canadians. From past to present, his life story is portrayed through pictures from sports newsreels, Norwegian archives and his family album. The film catches up with him at both the Canadian Ski Marathon, where he is the honoured guest, and on a return trip to his native Norway.


      Biographies (book & online) and other links:

      This is an excellent biography on his life written by his daughter Alice. I highly recommend it.

      Alice E Johannsen, 1993, The Legendary Jackrabbit Johannsen, Montreal & Kingston: McGill & Queen’s University Press.

      Canada Ski Hall of Fame

      U.S. Ski Hall of Fame

      Laurentian Heritage Web Magazine: HERMAN “JACKRABBIT” SMITH-JOHANNSEN (1875-1987) by Matthew Farfan

      Herman ‘Jackrabbit’ Smith Johannsen Collection at the Canadian Ski Museum.

      Face to Face Exhibition from the Canadian Museum of Civilisation: Herman Smith (Jackrabbit) Johannsen