The K-65 and K-85 jumps share a common outrun area and shuttle chairlift, and the 35 meter jump is between the 65 and the lift. The Jumping facility is very nice and the hills were very well prepared for the competitions. Following the latest practice, hosts used an electrically powered milling machine to cut tracks on the inruns, which were then iced for speed and durability. The world class 120 meter hill, a couple of hundred meters to the west, was not used for the IMC, but the hosts graciously opened it for one session of jumping for IMC participants who wanted the high flying, high adrenaline activity.
The 120 meter outrun again served as the site for an evening cookout, the start-finish of the cross country, and the opening ceremony. This year, in the parade of nations, teams were led by young jumpers in their colorful Zakopane ski club jackets, and the nation's flags were skied down the 120 meter landing in the dark and fog by instructors from the ski school.
The first four days saw haze bordering on fog, cutting down visibility for jumping. On Friday, the sun came out and stayed for the duration of the festivities. Temperatures hovered in the 25-30 range (Fahrenheit) and calm winds provided perfect jumping weather. This time, there was plenty of snow for the final day's cross country races.
Awards were presented on the outrun after the 65 and 85 meter jumps. A scoring error delayed the 35 meter jumping awards until Friday evening, and prizes for the team jump and Nordic Combined were awarded at the Saturday night banquet, held in a (different) brand new traditional log building. Musicians in regional costumes entertained, not only at the banquet but even on the bus that carried skiers to the banquet hall.
A strong German team and skiers from four other central European nations made up in numbers for a slightly reduced Norwegian delegation. And again, the IMC welcomed a new nation. Four jumpers brought the colors of Hungary for the first time to an IMC. Welcome!
The oldest age group on any hill would have been 65-69 were it not for the presence of
Jan Heiberg showed once again that you don't have to be under 40 to jump like a youngster. He has just turned 55 but his excellent jumping with the modern V-technique earned him the fourth best score in the K-85 competition and the third best on the K-65. Double gold medal performances were turned in by Heiberg, Aarne Kuisma, Josef Hysek and Oyvind Villesvik.
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as well as a picture album with a slightly personal slant.
The IMC Committee held its annual meeting on Friday evening in Zakopane.
Here are the names of the medalists from IMC 2003 in Zakopane, POL:
35 meter (K) 65 meter (K) 85 meter (K) Nordic Combined Cl.13 1. OLAI LIE NOR 90-94 Cl. 8 1. AARNE KUISMA FIN AARNE KUISMA FIN MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN Kurt Brausse GER 65-69 2. KURT BRAUSSE GER KURT BRAUSSE GER WILLY JOHANSEN NOR Aarne Lintulahti FIN 3. TEUVO KOLJONEN FIN MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN DON WEST USA Teuvo Koljonen FIN Cl. 7 1. KURT ELIMA SWE GUTTORM BAKKE NOR INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN SWE Arnold Lund NOR 60-64 2. STANISLAV GRUZDEV RUS INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN SWE KNUT WESTER NOR Erkki Muhonen FIN 3. PER BIRGER LOMHEIM NOR STANISLAV GRUZDEV RUS Per Birger Lomheim NOR Cl. 6 1. TAISTO TOLVANEN FIN JAN HEIBERG NOR JAN HEIBERG NOR Åke Saloniemi SWE 55-59 2. SIGMUND STENBERG NOR TAISTO TOLVANEN FIN AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ FIN Reidar Finnanger NOR 3. MATTI KASEVA FIN AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ FIN ANTTI KOKKONEN FIN Pentti Korkko FIN Cl. 5 1. PEKKA KORHONEN FIN KARE JOHNSEN NOR BJÖRN KNUTSEN NOR Pekka Tainio FIN 50-54 2. ALEXANDR TRAVIN RUS VLADIMIR FROLOV RUS KLAUS GÜNTHER GER Kare Johnsen NOR 3. SINDRE HELLAND NOR BJÖRN KNUTSEN NOR KARE JOHNSEN NOR Jan Skevik NOR Cl. 4 1. STIG DAHL NOR JOSEF HYSEK SVK JOSEF HYSEK SVK Arsi Sjögren FIN 45-49 2. RISTO OSTERBERG SWE ROY STRENGELSRUD NOR STEIN ARNE HOEL NOR Odd Nordsteien NOR 3. MIKHAIL PIROZHKOV RUS ARSI SJÖGREN FIN ROY STRENGELSRUD NOR Jon Ove Lomheim NOR Cl. 3 1. ZBIGNIEW MALIK POL KALEVI KANTOLA FIN ARI RAITOHARJU FIN Kari Pesonen FIN 40-44 2. KALEVI KANTOLA FIN ARI RAITOHARJU FIN RAUNO KOMULAINEN FIN Rauno Komulainen FIN 3. SVEIN ERIK RONNING NOR VEIJO STRANDEN FIN TORRY RINGKILEN NOR Frank Schilling GER Cl. 2 1. PIETRO NILSSON SWE OYVIND VILLESVIK NOR OYVIND VILLESVIK NOR GeirRune Lislegaard NOR 35-39 2. ERKKI AHTIAINEN FIN SEPPO KINNUNEN FIN SEPPO KINNUNEN FIN Erkki Ahtiainen FIN 3. ALEXANDER ILYUKHIN RUS JANNE HEINONEN FIN G-RUNE LISLEGAARD NOR Ludek Revaj CZE Cl. 1 1. LASZLO MOLNAR HUN BARTLOMIEJ SIECZKA POL MARKO GOLKE GER Alexandr Postanogov RUS 30-34 2. ZSOLT KARADI HUN MARKO GOLKE GER BARTLOMIEJ SIECZKA POL Andrey Antropov RUS 3. SWEN LANGWENUS GER LENNART THEANDER SWE LENNART THEANDER SWE Swen Langwenus GER
That's all for IMC 2003, now on to Germany for IMC 2004, ...
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