The schedule showed that the Nordic Combined skiers would have their own jumping competitions, all on Thursday, March 6. The K-68 meter competition was on Friday, and Saturday was busy with the Old Boys competing on K-25 and K-45 hills and then racing cross country for Nordic Combined.
A new event for 1997 was a team jump, held on Friday, March 7, where the Norwegians flexed their muscles, fielding the first and second place teams. The host Swedish team placed third out of sixteen teams, while the Finns swept the next four spots.
Masters ski jumpers show a great reverence for the oldest of the Old Boys, and they had plenty of grand masters to cheer for, with ten jumpers sixty five or older. Eighty three year old Olai Lie of Norway was in a class by himself, but he scored well enough to place in front of five "youngsters", ten to fifteen years his junior.
In past Competitions, IMC co-founder Guttorm Bakke has had and ongoing rivalry with countryman Jorgen Brenden. Brenden skipped the 1997 IMC, but Ronald Jensen kept Bakke occupied. These two swapped first and second in the 45 and 68 meter events. The anticipated dogfight between Roger Ruud and Ari Raitoharju evaporated when the Finn fell in both competitions.
**Counting the competitors in class 4 (45-49) was a problem because we lack the original score sheet for that age group in the K-68 meter competition so all we know is that the count is in the range 10 to 18. We know the three medalists, and we also have nine Nordic Combined skiers in Class 4 -- they took their NC jumping points on the K-68. One of the three medalists, Jan Heiberg, did not compete in NC, so we know that the K-68 special jump had at least 10 skiers in 44-49 age group. On the other hand, we can get a maximum by assuming that, in this age group, any skier who jumped the 68 also competed on the 45 and that any skier who skied the 45 also skied one of the other two jumps. This would imply that 25 - 7 = 18 skiers in Class 4 competed on the 68 meter hill. This permits us, with some confidence, to conclude that the number of skiers in Class 4 on the K-68 was somewhere in the range 10 to 18. (Sorry about all the calculations -- I've been a mathematician all my life. DCW)
When all the ski jumping and cross country skiing was over, Saturday evening was party time, with a very nice awards ceremony followed by a banquet and dancing.
In 2014 we converted the early IMC result sheets to digital images with a scanner, then edited the images and produced web pages of the results.
Here are the results for IMC 1997 in four pages which display the scanned images.
25 meter (K) 45 meter (K) 68 meter (K) Nordic Combined Cl.11 1. Olai Lie NOR 80-84 Cl. 9 1. Martti Korhonen FIN Odd Aarnes NOR Martti Korhonen FIN 70-74 2. Odd Aarnes NOR Johs Johnsen NOR Olav Malin NOR 3. Olav Malin NOR Illarion Mukhortov RUS Cl. 8 1. John Eidem NOR John Eidem NOR Nils Eriksen NOR 5-69 2. Nils Eriksen NOR Aritz Hallberg SWE 3. Nikolai Teterin RUS John Eidem NOR Cl. 7 1. Anat. Tchistiakov Rus Aarne Kuisma FIN Aarne Kuisma FIN Anatoli Tchistiakov RUS 60-64 2. Dale Severson USA Boris Bobkov RUS Aarne Lintulahti FIN 3. Boris Bobkov RUS Dale Severson USA Cl. 6 1. Magne Heistad NOR Ingvart Tornangen NOR Ingvart Tornangen NOR Erkki Muhonen FIN 55-59 2. Kare Holman NOR Magne Heistad NOR Martti Lamminpaa FIN Ivan Seleninov RUS 3. Svein Husby NOR Kurt Elima SWE Knut Wester NOR Ingvart Tornangen NOR Cl. 5 1. Jan Ringseth NOR Guttorm Bakke NOR Ronald Jensen NOR Ake Saloniemi SWE 50-54 2. Boris Chvetsov RUS Ronald Jensen NOR Guttorm Bakke NOR Reider Finnanger NOR 3. Rolf Andresen NOR Harald Skalleberg NOR Antti Kokkonen FIN Jan Willy Oskal NOR Cl. 4 1. Nikolai Zotov RUS Kare Johnsen NOR Jan Heiberg NOR Pekka Tainio FIN 45-49 2. Taisto Tolvanen FIN Pekka Tainio FIN Kare Johnsen NOR Helge Nordahl NOR 3. Kalevi Neuvonen FIN Gjert Andersen NOR Gjert Andersen NOR Gjert Andersen NOR Cl. 3 1. Reijo Honkanen FIN Nils-Olav KongsvikNOR Nils-Olav KongsvikNOR Pertti Laaksonen FIN 40-44 2. Pentti HartikainenFIN Arsi Sjogren SWE Roy Strengelsrud NOR Christian Berggrav NOR 3. Hannu Kasave FIN Pekka Korhonen FIN Pentti Rautiainen FIN Oiva Ollodainen FIN Cl. 2 1. Raimo PihlajaniemiFIN Roger Ruud NOR Roger Ruud NOR Sergei Tcherviakov RUS 35-39 2. Geir Slastad NOR Timo Kekkonen FIN Timo Kekkonen FIN Kari Pesonen FIN 3. Arne Cambrant SWE Stig Dahl NOR Veijo Stranden FIN Kalevi Kantola FIN Cl. 1 1. Pietro Nilsson SWE Mikko Taskila FIN Raimo Tuovionen FIN Raimo Tuovionen FIN 30-34 2. Per Werme SWE Stein A. Vennatro NOR Mikko Taskila FIN Markku Jantunen FIN 3. Ulf Candell SWE Rami Ahola FIN Stein A. Vennatro NOR Arve Waal NOR
That's all for IMC 1997, now on to Russia for IMC 1998, ...
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