The K-57 meter jump is in the middle and to its west, a K-30 and a K-18 jump share a small landing. On the east side are the lift and the big hill, recently increased to full 90 meter size by digging a huge pit in the outrun. The track on the 90 was world class, while tracks on the smaller hills suffered a bit from the lack of proper guide rails for the static-scoop track-making drag. The Jumping facility is quite nice and the hills were very well prepared for the competitions. Machine-groomed cross country trails criss-cross the entire valley, and races for Nordic Combined competition were held at the Cross Country stadium behind the fire station and the Festsaal.
The IMC is different from any other event in many ways, and its management requires great patience and flexibility, both of which were demonstrated by Vogel and his people. Indeed the Chief of Competition was seldom seen without a big, welcoming smile on his face.
When organizers posted an early entry list on the web, we were delighted to see that Austria would join us for the first time, with a team of six. What we didn't know until competition began is that Slovenia would also be a first-time participant.
Thursday morning at ten o'clock, 66 jumpers aged 45 and up lined up to compete on the 57 meter hill. At one o'clock that afternoon, the remaining 65 younger competitors got their chance. Then, after a short break, action moved to the 18 meter hill where 29 athletes, including the oldest of the Old Boys, put on a show.
Friday morning, blessed with blazing sun and just a breath of breeze, 104 skiers competed on the 30 meter jump and in the afternoon, 67 jumpers pulled on their number bibs to ski the 90 meter hill.
This race wasn't settled out on the course.
Behind is the Festsaal, site of the banquet.
Double gold medal performances by Aarne Kuisma and Thorbjorn Nygard were overshadowed by Geir Rune Lislegaard who took home three golds.
A traditional Bavarian band followed, playing first for a Bavarian dance troupe, then more quietly for dinner, finally for dancing.
Looking through the results with the help of Excel, we find that 184 skiers from 11 nations made 380 starts in 5 individual events (plus 30 in the team jump).
Compact results from IMC 2004 are posted (quick to load, easy to read):
[ K-18 ] [ K-30 ] [ K-57 ] [ K-90 ] [ NC ]
The IMC Committee held its annual meeting on Friday evening in the Festsaal.
You may want to read the minutes of the meeting.
Here are the names of the medalists from IMC 2004 in Reit im Winkl, GER:
18 meter (K) 30 meter (K) 57 meter (K) 90 meter (K) Nordic Combined Cl. 9 1. JOHN EIDEM NOR 70-74 Cl. 8 1. TEUVO KOLJONEN FIN AARNE KUISMA FIN AARNE KUISMA FIN MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN ANATOLY CHISTYAKOV RUS 65-69 2. FRANTISEK SVEHLA CZE KURT BRAUSSE GER KURT BRAUSSE GER DON WEST USA MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN 3. AARNE LINTULAHTI FIN HENNING ENGH NOR MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN TEUVO KOLJONEN FIN Cl. 7 1. PER BIRGER LOMHEIM NOR KURT ELIMÄ SWE GUTTORM BAKKE NOR INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN SWE ARNOLD LUND NOR 60-64 2. ARNOLD LUND NOR SVEIN HUSBY NOR INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN SWE PER BIRGER LOMHEIM NOR 3. OLLE STROMWALL SWE PER BIRGER LOMHEIM NOR KURT ELIMÄ SWE KÅRE HOLMEN NOR Cl. 6 1. TAISTO TOLVANEN FIN KNUT SÖRLIEN NOR JAN HEIBERG NOR GJERT ANDERSEN NOR 55-59 2. SIGMUND STENBERG NOR KLAUS GÜNTHER GER KLAUS GÜNTHER GER AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ FIN 3. MATTI KASEVA FIN JAN HEIBERG NOR KNUT SÖRLIEN NOR TIM DENISSON USA Cl. 5 1. JOHANNES ORSCHEL GER PEKKA KORHONEN FIN MIKHAIL PIROZHKOV RUS BJÖRN KNUTSEN NOR PEKKA TAINIO FIN 50-54 2. YRIY GOLOV RUS MIKHAIL PIROZHKOV RUS PEKKA KORHONEN FIN ANTON ZAPF GER JAN SKEVIK NOR 3. TEIJO LASTUNEN FIN JON OVE LOMHEIM NOR PEKKA TAINIO FIN ROY STRENGELSRUD NOR DENNIS KAVLI NOR Cl. 4 1. JURGEN STIELOW GER ODD NORDSTEIEN NOR ROGER RUUD NOR ARI RAITOHARJU FIN LEONID VOLOGZHANIN RUS 45-49 2. ROBERT FRANK AUT GEIR TORKE NOR TORRY RINGKILEN NOR ROGER RUUD NOR STIG DAHL NOR 3. TOR ARILD MALIN NOR JOSEF HYSEK SVK VEIJO STRANDEN FIN ODD NORDSTEIEN NOR Cl. 3 1. VACLAV KRAML CZE SVEIN ERIK RONNING NOR G-RUNE LISLEGAARD NOR G-RUNE LISLEGAARD NOR G-RUNE LISLEGAARD NOR 40-44 2. LUBOMIR CERNY CZE JUHANI SAAPUNKI FIN MARKKU JANTUNEN FIN PER OLE VIK NOR MARKKU JANTUNEN FIN 3. JOSEF DOLLINGER AUT R. KLEMENTSCHITSCH AUT PER OLE VIK NOR WOLFGANG RUNGE GER KARI PESONEN FIN Cl. 2 1. IGOR POHLE SVK ALEXANDR ILUKHIN RUS SEPPO KINNUNEN FIN JANNE HEINONEN FIN JOHN ERIK NYGAARD NOR 35-39 2. BOJAN CESEN SLO PIETRO NILSSON SWE JANNE HEINONEN FIN SEPPO KINNUNEN FIN PIETRO NILSSON SWE 3. ITZOK MELIN SLO KRISTOF GASPIRC SLO KRISTOF GASPIRC SLO ERHARD RUPPRECHTER GER ERKKI AHTIAINEN FIN Cl. 1 1. DR. CHRISTOF RÜHL GER PETER KARADI HUN THORBJORN NYGARD NOR THORBJORN NYGARD NOR SVEN KOCH GER 30-34 2. ALEXANDER GRUBER AUT JÖRG VOGEL GER MARKO GOLKE GER MARKO GOLKE GER OLE LEIRAMO NOR 3. FREDDY LEMMERER AUT SWEN LENGWENUS GER JARI PUTKINEN FIN SVEN KOCH GER ALEX. POSTANOGOV RUS
That's all for IMC 2004, now on to Austria for IMC 2005, ...
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