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The special jump competitions were cleverly scheduled on
Thursday and Friday, March 16-17 to keep everybody occupied
on both days. Thursday morning, ninety four athletes
from seven nations competed in seven age groups on the 67
meter hill, then in the afternoon the Grand Masters
(jumpers over 60 years old)
had their own special competition on the K-25. Medals were
presented after each event.
A Saturday morning team
competition involved teams from Finland, Norway and Sweden plus
two mixed teams: Estonia/Russia and Germany/USA. Each team
consisted of five skiers chosen from age classes I to V, with
older skiers permitted to substitute in younger classes. The Norwegians
continued their dominance in the team event, followed (in order) by
Finland, Sweden, Germany/USA and Estonia/Russia.
Cross country racing was saved for Saturday afternoon. The Grand Masters (60+) used points earned on the 25 meter hill and raced 3 km, skiers in their fifties earned their points on the 43 and raced 5 km, while those under 50 jumped the 67 and raced 10 km.
The weather was good, though not perfect, for the Championships. Temperatures hovered around the freezing mark all week and wind was never noticable. However, persistent snow showers kept the hill preparers very busy and reduced the pleasure for some of the participants. On the landing hills, all new snow was simply packed with a big yellow roller, while the inruns were cleared and tracks were cut into old snow by machine. For the competitions, the tracks were all very good, fast and straight, though the landings were unavoidably a bit soft. The sun visited only on Thursday and Saturday.
The cross country course was a five kilometer loop offering some challenging hills. Early in the week, it was rough and new snow made
Evening social and cultural events began Wednesday with the charming opening ceremonies. Teams marched to the town square, led by a brass band. Eight costumed adults danced to the music of two accordions, and of course there were the usual speeches, some delivered in four languages. Local children swarmed over the visiting jumpers, demanding souvenirs.
The Thursday evening "Cultural Event" turned out to be a local chorus, with
live band and big loud-speakers, presenting two dozen American popular
songs of the twentieth century.
The 1994 IMC in Hurdal, Norway was spiced up by the participation of Ole Gunnar Fidjestol, fresh off the Norwegian National Ski Team. Through the years, we have enjoyed the participation of a number of ex-world-class skiers. Norwegian Jumping Champion and Olympian Roger Ruud has participated several times, as has Tom Sandberg, winner in 1984 of the first World Cup title in Nordic Combined. In Rognan, Tom was a double medalist, and Magne Johansen could have been as well, but for his falls in the 90 meter competition. Magne Johansen skied with the Norwegian team in the 1989 World Championships in Lahti, Finland.
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25 meter (K) 43 meter (K) 67 meter (K) 90 meter (K) Nordic Combined Cl.12 1. Olai Lie NOR 85-89 Cl.10 1. Olav Malin NOR Olav Malin NOR Olav Malin NOR 75-79 2. Leif Pederson SWE Johs Johnsen NOR Leif Pedersen SWE 3. Johs Johnsen NOR Cl. 9 1. Nils Eriksen NOR Nils Eriksen NOR Nils Eriksen NOR 70-74 2. Anders Lund NOR Anders Lund NOR Cl. 8 1. John Eidem NOR John Eidem NOR John Eidem NOR 65-69 Cl. 7 1. Kurt Elimää SWE Aarne Kuisma FIN Aarne Kuisma FIN Willy Johansen NOR Ingvart Tornängen SWE 60-64 2. Allan Anderson NOR Kurt Elimää SWE Ingvart Tornängen SWE Don West USA Kåre Holmen NOR 3. Tuevo Koljonen FIN Kurt Brausse GER Willy Johansen NOR Aarne Lintulahti FIN Cl. 6 1. Guttorm Bakke NOR Guttorm Bakke NOR Antti Kokkonen FIN Reidar Finanger NOR 55-59 2. Svein Engmann NOR Svein Engmann NOR Reidar Finnanger NOR Åke Saloniemi SWE 3. Åke Saloniemi SWE Åke Saloniemi SWE Pentti Körkkö FIN Cl. 5 1. Taisto Tolvanen FIN Jan Heiberg NOR Jan Heiberg NOR Ole Oddvar Kjøglum NOR 50-54 2. Sigmund Stenberg NOR Pål Kalleberg NOR Pål Kalleberg NOR Gjert Andersen NOR 3. Knut Sørlien NOR Dag Tessum NOR Klaus Günther GER Valeriy Tchuikin RUS Cl. 4 1. Arsi Sjøgren FIN Stein Johannesen NOR Bjørn Knutsen NOR Hallstein Bogseth NOR 45-49 2. Odd Nordsteien NOR Bjørn Knutsen NOR Stein Johannesen NOR Arsi Sjøgren FIN 3. Rune Tulluan NOR Roy Strenglesrud NOR Hallstein Bøgseth NOR Jan Skevik NOR Cl. 3 1. Stig Dahl NOR Veijo Strandèn FIN Ari Raitoharju FIN Tom Sandberg NOR 40-44 2. Pertti Laaksonen FIN Vidar Johansen NOR Trond Pederson NOR Pertti Laaksonen FIN 3. Geir Almaas NOR Arne Jørgensen NOR Tom Sandberg NOR Leonid Vologjan RUS Cl. 2 1. Knut Bjerke NOR G'r Rune Lislegard NOR Øyvind Villesvik NOR Geir Rune Lislegard NOR 35-39 2. Svein Erik Rønning NOR Øyvind Villesvik NOR G'r Rune Lislegard NOR Dag Buraas NOR 3. Stig B. Wuttudal NOR Kalevi Kantola FIN Stein Moe NOR Kari Pesonen FIN Cl. 1 1. Kair Tammel EST Magne Johansen NOR Seppo Kinnunen FIN Kair Tammel EST 30-34 2. Peep Heinloo EST Seppo Kinnunen FIN Bjørnar Flovik NOR John Erik Nygaard NOR 3. Pietro Nilssen SWE Bjørnar Flovik NOR Janne Heinonen FIN Rain Parn EST
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