The Old Boys of the ski jumping world gathered again in
March 2002 in tiny Harrachov on the northern border of the Czech Republic for competition and for fellowship in the
thirteenth annual International Masters Championship.
IMC 2002 followed directly after the World Championships of ski flying held this year on the huge ski flying hill in
Harrachov and many of the Masters competitors took
the opportunity to arrive early and watch the World Cup lads, some of whom soared more than 200 meters, spending up to
seven seconds in the air. Howling winds
cancelled flying on two of the four scheduled days of jumping and in the end only four rounds were completed of the
twelve scheduled rounds of training and competition.
Throngs of raucous Polish fans of Adam Malysz tried to out-shout crowds of Germans supporting the eventual winner Sven
Organizers scheduled IMC competitions on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, March 14-16 with training on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Old Boys found good spring jumping conditions with cool nights and warm days. On these sheltered jumps, wind was never a problem but tracks were a bit slow until Saturday. Jumping conditions were very good as hill workers kept the landing hills well packed and renewed or refreshed the inrun tracks often.
Wednesday evening saw a short but pleasant opening ceremony on the 90 meter outrun, then competition started Thursday morning with fifty nine athletes from eight nations competing in seven age groups on the 90 meter hill. Jan Heiberg (NOR, Class 5, ages 50-54) thrilled the crowd by laying down the long ride of the day, 88.5 meters. A long 40 meter competition (122 competitors) followed in the afternoon. Aarne Kuisma (FIN, class 8) and Willy Johansen (NOR) continued a twelve year IMC rivalry, with Willy coming out on top by five points, and long time IMC competitor Magne Heistad came back from a five year layoff to win class 7.
Friday morning, 124 Old Boys answered the call for the 70 meter competition which lasted well into the afternoon and pushed back the scheduled 26 meter jump until three pm. Ingvart Törnängen, Jan Heiberg, Ari Raitoharu, Raimo Tuovinen, Jens-Griener Hiero and Arsi Sjögren all made made it two in a row, IMC co-founder Guttorm Bakke resumed his winning ways and Aarne Kuisma evened the score, finishing ahead of Willy Johansen.
Of the nine Golden Oldies competing on the 26 meter hill, seven had also jumped in the 40 meter meet the previous day. The headliner was 89 year old Olai Lie of Norway who astonished onlookers with his skill on both the 26 and the 40. Awards were presented late in the afternoons of Thursday and Friday on the outrun of the 90 meter hill. Harrachov is home to a leading Bohemian glass producer established in 1712 so the prizes included, in addition to medals, beautiful crystal goblets engraved with the title and dates of the IMC.
Another optional but popular event is the team competition, held Saturday morning. National teams consist of six skiers, one from each of the first six age groups (or older). The rules permit filling out a team with jumpers from other nations and the Czech team included a skier from Slovakia and an oldie from USA. To save time, it was agreed that each competitor would have a trial jump and just one competitive jump. Norway flexed its muscles, winning the gold medal in a runaway, while a fall by Finnish star Ari Raitoharu permitted the German team to slip in for the silver. Final scores for the six competing teams were:
Warm weather decimated the snow in the cross country stadium so the races for Nordic Combined competition were moved to a nice 2.5 km loop up in the spruce forest to the west of the ski flying hill. Racers over 60 skied 3 km, those aged 50 to 60 raced 5 km, and the younger ones covered 10 km.
On Saturday evening, everyone gathered at the luxurious Hotel Svornost, up in the village, for a gourmet banquet. Before the food, there were awards for Saturday's competitions and afterward there were the usual speeches and finally, dancing. Over the prior twelve IMC's it has been common for the top skiers to visit the podium in two or more events and this year was no exception with six double gold medalists and hat tricks by Martti Korhonen and Ingvart Tornängen. (A full listing of medalists appears below.)
Complete IMC results for all competitions are now posted on our own web site in .pdf files (Acrobat Reader required). The Nordic Combined results are separated into three files of jumping results for the three different hills (with start times) and a fourth file with cross-country times and final NC standings for all competitors.
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Here are the names of the medalists from IMC 2002 in Harrachov, CZ:
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26 meter (K) 40 meter (K) 70 meter (K) 90 meter (K) Nordic Combined Cl. 9+ 1. Martti Korhonen FIN MARTTI KORHONEN FIN Martti Korhonen FIN 70-up 2. John Eidem NOR JOHN EIDEM NOR John Eidem NOR 3. Olai Lie NOR OLAI LIE NOR Johs N. Johansen NOR Cl. 8 1. Teuvo Koljonen FIN WILLY JOHANSEN NOR AARNE KUISMA FIN Teuvo Koljonen FIN 65-69 2. Aarne Lintulahti FIN AARNE KUISMA FIN KURT BRAUSSE GER Anatolij Chistiakov RUS 3. Frantisek Svehla CZE KURT BRAUSSE GER WILLY JOHANSEN NOR Frantisek Svehla CZE Cl. 7 1. Erkki Muhonen FIN MAGNE HEISTAD NOR INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN SWE INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN SWE Ingvart Törnängen SWE 60-64 2. Stanislav Grusdev RUS SVEIN HUSBY NOR MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN Arnold Lund NOR 3. KÅRE HOLMAN NOR KÅRE HOLMAN NOR DON WEST USA Kåre Holmen NOR Cl. 6 1. DAG TESSEM NOR GUTTORM BAKKE NOR AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ FIN Reidar Finnanger NOR 55-59 2. SIGMUND STENBERG NOR DAG TESSEM NOR ANTTI KOKKONEN FIN Åke Saloniemi SWE 3. GUTTORM BAKKE SWE AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ FIN Pentti Korkko FIN Cl. 5 1. PEKKA TAINIO FIN JAN HEIBERG NOR JAN HEIBERG NOR Pekka Tainio FIN 50-54 2. CESTMIR KOZISEK CZE BJÖRN KNUTSEN NOR BJÖRN KNUTSEN NOR Gjert Andersen NOR 3. KNUT SORLEIN NOR PEKKA TAINIO FIN KLAUS GÜNTHER GER Cestmir Kozisek CZE Cl. 4 1. ARSI SJÖGREN FIN ARSI SJÖGREN FIN JOSEF HYSEK SVK Pertti Laaksonen FIN 45-49 2. ALF TORE HAUG NOR STEIN JOHANNESEN NOR OLAV HAGE NOR Arsi Sjögren FIN 3. STEIN JOHANNESEN NOR ALF TORE HAUG NOR ARNE JÖRGENSEN NOR Jon Ove Lomheim NOR Cl. 3 1. STIG DAHL NOR ARI RAITOHARJU FIN ARI RAITOHARJU FIN Leonid Vologjanine RUS 40-44 2. KALEVI KANTOLA FIN VIDAR JOHANSEN NOR VEIJO STRANDEN FIN Stig Dahl NOR 3. JAROSLAV BUKVIC CZE VEIJO STRANDEN FIN VIDAR JOHANSEN NOR Tor Arild Malin NOR Cl. 2 1. PASI KÄHKÖLÄ FIN RAIMO TUOVINEN FIN RAIMO TUOVINEN FIN GeirRune Lislegaard NOR 35-39 2. MAIK GOHLKE GER JANNE HEINONEN FIN JANNE HEINONEN FIN Alexej Tomes CZE 3. ALEXANDER ILYUKHIN RUS KAIR TAMMEL EST ANDREY FEDEROV RUS Kair Tammel EST Cl. 1 1. DIRK GERSTÄCKER GER JENS-GREINER HIERO GER JENS-GREINER HIERO GER Andrey Antropov RUS 30-34 2. MICHAL TOMES CZE MARKO GOLKE GER MARKO GOLKE GER Ole Leiråmo NOR 3. STANISLAV LASOTA CZE LARS ÖIVIND MOEN NOR LARS ÖIVIND MOEN NOR Alexandr Postanogov RUS
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