In 1973, Kip was a National Junior Team member. In 1974, as a 17-year-old, he topped the field of the Saint Paul Winter Carnival Tournament—held at Battle Creek Park—with jumps of 196 feet (60 m) and 197 feet (60 m). The 197 feet (60 m) leap tied the hill record. Additionally, he leaped 202 feet (62 m), but a fall kept that effort from remaining in the record book. Sundgaard attended the University of Utah and won the 1976 NCAA ski jumping championship. He also placed second that year at the Canadian Nationals. Sundgaard was on the US team for eight years, competing at the 1976 Winter Olympics and several World Championships. His greatest ever jump came in 1979 on the ski flying hill at Planica, Slovenia, when he went 464 feet (141 m). Jumping for the St. Paul Ski Club, he won the St. Paul Memorial Trophy eight times, given to the winner of their annual competition. Sundgaard was inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in 2008.
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