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Ski Jumping History Project
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USSA EASTERN DIVISION
I am always searching for good questions for the weekly Ski
Jumping Trivia Quiz. Sometime a good question pops
up which I could use in the quiz question except for
one little problem. I don't know the answer!
Fans of the Internet keep telling us that the new medium is
a terrific way to find, transmit, exchange, store and manage
information. So lets use it that way!
This department will list questions and invite
answers, in the interest of learning the true
history of certain events.
We hope that browsers will tell us what they know
about the events in question. As we recieve this
information, we will edit and post it so that
others may add to it, support it, correct it
or disagree with it. We will have an ongoing
Don West -- April, 1998
Summer Jumping on Plastic|
Modern plastic surfaces have made Ski Jumping into
a year 'round sport. But where and when did it start?
And what expriments preceded the modern plastic systems?
Here are some items to get you thinking:
Currently, we jump plastic in Lake Placid,
Norge (Ilinois), Park City...where else?
Earlier, there was also plastic in Madison (Blackhawk),
and Iron Mt...where else?
The plastic used in Great Gorge in the 1970's
was like the plastic on the freestyle jumps
in Lake Placid.
I have heard of various shaved, ground, or
chipped plastics used
at Mt. Beacon, Salisbury, Maple Valley. What do
you know about these, or others?
About 1960, we jumped in Munising MI on a natural
material similar to barn-broom bristles. It was set
up a lot like the modern plastic. The guy who
created this project eventually moved to Lake
Placid and promoted the later generations of
plastic. What was his name. And what happened to
the Munising surface after the one season
(one weekend?) of use?
When I was a kid, I read a short item about skiing on
almond shells, I think it was in California.
The picture clearly showed a small ski jump.
This was not Alpine skiing!
In the 1930's and 1940's, competitions were held in
the midwest on straw. Who can tell us about any of this?