GER flag 2007 Hinterzarten GER      

The Old Boys of the ski jumping world gathered in late February 2007 in the tiny Black Forest village of Hinterzarten, Germany, for sport and fellowship at the eighteenth annual International Masters Competition in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Skiing (IMC). The village lies in the southwest corner of Germany near both Switzerland and France. Hinterzarten Coat of Arms

Ski jumps visible beyond the church Everything in Hinterzarten is within walking distance, including the Adler Ski Station, the jumping complex just above the old church and cemetary on the south-east edge of the village. The complex has four beautiful new jumps, a single chair lift, two snow-cats, and a nice new building which houses offices, athletes changing room and a small dining room. The big hill, K-95, was already in place when, about 2002, the three small jumps, K-70, 30 and 18 meters, were built. No shared landings -- all the hills run parallel so they can all be used at one time, and all four hills have plastic surfaces for summer jumping. For winter use, each hill has a track cutter that runs on rails to provide a geometrically perfect track in minutes.

the jumps are wet but ready In a normal winter, machine-groomed cross country trails criss-cross the entire valley. However, this was not a normal winter. All of Europe was plagued with warm weather and the athletes gathering for IMC XVIII found green grass and spring flowers in bloom. The only snow visible anywhere in the village was in the ribbons of white running down the four ski jumps, and the windy days with temperatures well up in the 40's F. were rapidly eating away at that little bit of snow.

Hinterzarten Ski Club Logo
Mayor Eckert
The event was organized by the Hinterzarten Ski Club with the cooperation of the Mayor's office, the Chamber of Commerce, and many villagers who played major or minor roles. The Organizing Committe was led by Mayor Hansjörg Eckert (left) and Ski Club President, the always smiling Tanja Kleiser-Schwörer (right). President Schwoerer

Michael Lais

The Chief of the jumping competition was young Michael Lais (left), who seemed to cope wonderfully with the special requirements of the IMC, even with the many schedule changes imposed by the weather.

For the jumpers, the hero of the week was the chief of the hill Karl Hassler (right) who continued to smile as he performed miracles in the face of huge challenges.

Karl Hassler

Announcer Winterhalder
The announcer at the competitions and ceremonies was Vice-Mayor Eugen Winterhalder (left), assisted at the ceremonies by multilingual Tanja Wörner (right), the young lady behind the desk at the Hinterzarten information office who also gave participants a tour of the Ski Museum and assisted the visiting teams in arranging for housing. Tanja Woerner

Jacoberger of FRA
 
Alan-Donald Jones, GBR Four new nations appeared on the entry list, bringing the total to fifteen nations participating.
Ukraine entered a team of seven, and Switzerland came with three. France was represented by a single jumper, Dominque Jacoberger (left), while a single British subject, Alan-Donald Jones (above, right) demonstrated the ski jumping skills he has learned while living for the last twenty years in Sweden.

 
Daniel
 
Mika The Lamminpää brothers, Martti and Aatto, drove to Hinterzarten from Finland through Russia and Poland in an old FIAT Diesel camper. They usually bring guests and this year they brought two young jumpers, fourteen year old Daniel, and Mika, fifteen, who served as forejumpers throughout the week.

Organizers covered inruns with sheets of plastic and trucked snow from the big jump in Neustadt a few kilometers up the valley to keep the jumps covered, but the terrible weather never let up. The warm temperature were accompanied by strong winds from the west or the southwest, topped off with rain almost every day. The weather forced many schedule changes, the first of which was to cancel all jumping on Monday. Wurzel, the ski-troll of Hinterzarten Tuesday was a little better -- not much rain, and the wind came over the shoulder of the hill, then rolled over and came up the 30 meter landing hill. Participants were divided into three groups which were scheduled to train in three separate sessions. The morning group enjoyed quite good conditions, but by afternoon the the snow became wet and slow and, on the 70 meter hill, the track grew more and more crooked just before the takeoff. A new track, cut before the third session, helped for only a short time.

Kongsvik (NOR)
Nils Olav Kongsvik, NOR, in
a classic Telemark landing!
 
With more rain and wind forecast for Thursday, organizers scheduled a full day of competition for Wednesday, with both portions of the K-70 competition, followed by the 30 meter jumping. However, Wednesday morning's weather was not so good, so the schedule was shuffled again, moving the 30 meter jumping to 1 pm [ see results ], with the 70 meter event for the younger group to start at 5 pm. Both events were shortened -- the trial round was dropped in the 30 meter competition, and winds forced officials to cut the 70 meter event after a single round [ see results ].

Thursday did indeed bring rain with the same warm wind, and organizers took the opportunity to truck still more snow to the jumps, this time brought from Feldberg, a 5000 foot mountain nearby. In a trainers meeting, officials announced that it would not be possible to use the 95 meter jump, but that the big hill competition would be conducted on the 70 meter jump, using the original big hill entry list. The idea of combining the team jump into that event was finally dropped because of the complication of adjusting the starts for the added team members.
Richard Diess
 
The rains let up on Friday, and the two remaining jumping competitions ran successfully, though again both were shortened. The 70 meter session for the older group, sheduled for 11 am, finally started at 12 and ran through two competitive rounds [ see results (scroll past large blank spaces)], Geir-Rune Lislegård as a flagman watched the wind before sending the skiers.

By 5 pm, the surface winds had dropped and the big hill field found very good conditions, a straight track which was quite fast considering its wetness. With no wind, the final jumping competition ran at a brisk pace with two rounds completed in two hours [ see results ]. It was a good finish to a very difficult week for both the jumpers and the organizers.

Wurzel also does langlauf
 
The original plan was to hold the cross country races for Nordic Combined competition on some of the many trails that run in and out of the village, but those trails were all green grass and soft earth, so the races were moved to high country, to a ski area on top of Herzogenhorn, another 5000 foot mountain. A few groups of racers drove their cars up the mountain but the majority boarded the bus arranged by the organizers and for eight Euros per person, On top of Herzogenhorn rode to the base of the alpine area. From there they either paid another 1.50 to ride the T-bar, or warmed up for the race with a half hour hike to the top of the mountain. The wind had been strong all week in the valley, but up on the mountain top, obstructed by no hills and few trees, it was howling! Estimates ranged from 40 to 60 mph, and much of the time, the wind brought with it a blast of sleet. The course was a 2.5 km loop wandering around the mountaintop, with no difficult hills. In spite of the weather, 51 of the 62 registered competitors finished the course. Nordic combined skiers are tough!
See results:  [ ages 55-74 ]     [ ages 45-54 ]     [ ages 30-44 ]    
Note -- Nordic Combined skiers aged 30-54 earned their jumping points on the K-70 hill while the older competitors got them on the K-30. However, NC jumping points were calculated with a formula different from that used for special jumping so the scores are not the same. Skiers aged 30-49 raced 10 km (4 laps), those aged 50-59 raced 5 km and the oldest, 60 and older, raced 2.5 km (one lap).

Waiting for Start Time
Waiting in the gym for start time
  They're Off!
The oldest racers starting

Competitors and spectators rested and waited for race time in a nice gymnasium, and after the race, they could walk a few steps across the snow to a bistro and get a bite to eat before heading back down the mountain.

Nice Telemark!
  How do you say 'Oops' in Finnish?
  Face Plant
Some racers finished the course more gracefully than others!

Returning to the bus, most of the competitors battled their way down the alpine slopes, not knowing about a nice cross country trail which made the descent easy and enjoyable.

 


Opening Ceremonies on Tuesday night in the Kurhaus Flags at Opening Ceremonies

All ceremonies and several meeting were held at the Kurhaus in the middle of the village, a Fanfare! modern community center containing the information office and rooms ranging from small meeting rooms to a hall with a balcony and a stage which was the venue for the opening ceremony (above), nightly award ceremonies, and the closing banquet. Each evening, a brass quartet, resplendent in red vests (right), played a bright fanfare to call participants into the hall for awards, followed by dancing to live music provided by a different band every night. (Two shown below.)

'Mexican' band
  Dance band

The village of Hinterzarten boasts three favorite skiing sons: Georg Thoma, his nephew Dieter Thoma, and Sven Hannavald. Deiter Thoma and the younger Sven Hannavald were world class jumpers whose careers barely overlapped, while uncle Georg Thoma was a fabulously successful Nordic Combined competitor who took gold in Squaw Valley (1960) and silver in Innsbruck (1964), as well as four Holmenkollen victories. A huge trophy case (below) in the lobby of the Kurhaus held only part of Thoma's trophies, with more on display, along with his skis and uniforms, in the ski museum up the street.

Just part of Thoma's trophies

Thoma (below) gave a brief speech at the opening ceremony, and assisted with the awards presentations on Saturday night. On that final night, organizers thanked the Board of Officers (below) of the IMC Committee for their help in planning the event.

IMC Officers, and a Special Guest
Ake Saloniemi
  Gunther, Thoma, Zapf
  Torbjorn Haugen
Far Left - Åke Salomiemi (SWE), Chairman in charge of Nordic Combined;
Far Right - Torbjørn Haugen (NOR),Vice-President of the IMC Committee;
Center - Klaus Günther (left, GER), President of the IMC Committee, and
Anton Zapf (right, GER), Chairman in charge of cultural
events, greet a hero of Hinterzarten, Georg Thoma.

The Black Forest is the world center for the manufacure of coo-coo clocks and each gold medalist was given a small coo-coo clock in addition to his medal. Rothaus beer was a sponsor of IMC XVIII, and jumpers reaching the podium were given a presentation box containing two bottles of this beer and a nice gold-band glass to drink it. Instead of the beer, Nordic Combined skiers on the podium received Ski Spitzen, a small book of ski cartoons. (Is there a message there?) Finally, each of the 175 skiers received a participation certificate (Urkunde) for each event, with his name and his finish place.

Coo-Coo Clock
  Rothaus beer
  Ski Spitzen
  Urkunde

 
John Eidem, oldest jumper
  Saturday's awards were presented in the Kurhaus lobby, where organizers also presented special awards to two Norwegian participants: the oldest competitor, 76 year old John Eidem (left), and Sindre Helland (right), the only man to participate in all 18 editions of the IMC. After the awards, the crowd streamed into the hall to enjoy the banquet, followed as usual, by more music.   Sindre Helland, 18 straight IMC events!

A Brief Statistical Summary

The list of athletes pre-registered for IMC XVIII showed 188 skiers from fifteen nations but the lone entry from Slovakia did not ski (probably did not make the trip). In the end, 175 jumpers from 14 nations made 345 starts.
Here are two tables -- one showing the team sizes, and the other showing class sizes in the four events.


                                        

   AUT      10            Cl.   Ages    K-30 K-70 K-95  NC

   CZE       2            --------------------------------

   FIN      31            10    75-79     1    0    0    0

   FRA       1             9    70-74     5    1    0    2

   GB        1             8    65-69     7    3    2    6

   GER      40             7    60-64    11    4    3    6

   HUN       4             6    55-59    14   11    6    5

   NOR      47             5    50-54    14   18    7    7

   RUS      15             4    45-49    14   18    9    6

   SLO       6             3    40-44    15   18    9    8

   SUI       3             2    35-39    13   24   15    6

   SWE       9             1    30-34    10   19   11    5

   UKR       2             0    25-29     1    5    6    0

   USA       4             -------------------------------

   -----------                 Totals:  105  121   68   51 =345

   Total   175                          

The table of medalists below shows several new skiers mixed in with names familiar from previous IMC's. Three competitors turned in double gold medal performances: Richard Diess (AUT), Ingvart Törnängen (SWE) and Geir Rune Lislegård (NOR), while Arsi Sjögren of Finland took home three golds.

RESULTS:  The event web site for IMC 2007 disappeared and with it, the results that had been posted there. However, our friend, the archivist and good helper, Jens Jahn of Dresden GER, has provided copies of these results which are now posted in seven .pdf files.

[ K30 ]  [ K70 Young ]  [ K70 Old]  [ K95 Repl.]  [ NC 55-74 ]  [ NC 45-54 ]  [ NC 30-44 ]

See also pictures of the medalists, grouped by event:
[ K-30 ] ... [ K-70 ] ... [ Big hill ] ... [ N.C. ]

Three other web sites with pictures from IMC 2007 are no longer on line.

At the bottom of the jumping results, you will notice a "Guest Class". The IMC Committee decided last year to welcome a small number of jumpers from 25 to 29 years old to take part in the IMC. The idea is to encourage skiers to continue jumping for those last few years until they reach the IMC minimum age of 30. At IMC XIX in 2008, the Guest Class will be limited to at most two jumpers per nation (four from the host nation) and be restricted to the large hill special jump.

The IMC Committee held its annual meeting on Saturday afternoon in the Kurhaus, with a disappointing turnout of national representatives. No site was chosen to host IMC 2008, but the decision will be made by early April. The present IMC officers were approved for another year. You may want to read the minutes of the meeting.

 

Here are the names of the medalists from IMC 2007 in Hinterzarten, GER:
[This listing is wide, use your horizontal slider (if necessary) to view all five columns.]


                30 meter (K)              70 meter (K)              95 meter (K)           Nordic Combined

                                                               (moved to 70 m. hill)

Cl 10   1. JOHN EIDEM         NOR

75-79



Cl  9   1. AARNE KUISMA       FIN    RICHARD DIESS      AUT                              RICHARD DIESS      AUT

70-74   2. RICHARD DIESS      AUT                                                        ANATOLY CHISTYAKOV RUS

        3. JANKEN HALLSTROM   SWE



Cl. 8   1. INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN  SWE    INGVART TÖRNÄNGEN  SWE    MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ   FIN    FELIKS AVRAPETOV   RUS

65-69   2. FELIKS AVRAPETOV   RUS    MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ   FIN    DON WEST           USA    ARNOLD LUND        NOR

        3. KARE HOLMEN*       NOR    DON WEST           USA                              IVAR SOLBERG       NOR



Cl. 7   1. SIGMUND STENBERG   NOR    ANTTI KOKKONEN     FIN    AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ    FIN    REIDAR FINANGER    NOR

60-64   2. JAN WILLY OSKAL    NOR    AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ    FIN    ANTTI KOKKONEN     FIN    AKE SALONIEMI      SWE

        3. REIDAR FINANGER    NOR    JAN WILLY OSKAL    NOR    DAG TESSEM         NOR    AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ    FIN



Cl. 6   1. JOHANNES ORSCHEL   GER    ANTON ZAPF         GER    BJÖRN KNUTSEN      NOR    JAN SKEVIK         NOR

55-59   2. SINDRE HELLAND     NOR    BJÖRN KNUTSEN      NOR    KNUT SÖRLIEN       NOR    VAINO KARJALAINEN  FIN

        3. VAINO KARJALAINEN  FIN    KNUT SÖRLIEN       NOR    RUNE TULLUAN       NOR    VALEERY CUYKIN     RUS



Cl. 5   1. ODD NORDSTEIEN     NOR    ARSI SJOGREN       FIN    ARSI SJOGREN       FIN    ARSI SJOGREN       FIN

50-54   2. KATO A. EIDEM      NOR    OLAF HAGE          NOR    OLAF HAGE          NOR    JAN OVE LOMHEIM    NOR

       tie PEKKA KORHONEN     FIN    MIKHAIL PIROZHKOV  RUS    STEIN JOHANNESEN   NOR    DENNIS KAVLI       NOR



Cl. 4   1. JURGEN STIELOW     GER    RAUNO KOMULAINEN   FIN    VEIJO STRANDEN     FIN    LEONID VOLOGZHANIN RUS

45-49   2. STEIN ARNE HOEL    NOR    PER OLE VIK        NOR    RAUNO KOMULAINEN   FIN    STIG DAHL          NOR

        3. SWEIN ERIK RONNING NOR    VEIJO STRANDEN     FIN    PER OLE VIK        NOR    KARI PESONEN       FIN



Cl. 3   1. KRISTOF GASPIRC    SLO    G-RUNE LISLEGAARD  NOR    OYVIND VILLESVIK   NOR    G-RUNE LISLEGAARD  NOR

40-44   2. PIETRO NILSSON     SWE    OYVIND VILLESVIK   NOR    OVE FREDHEIM       NOR    OVE FREDHEIM       NOR

        3. PETER SLATNER      SLO    SEPPO KINNUNEN     FIN    SEPPO KINNUNEN     FIN    MARKKU JANTUNEN    FIN



Cl. 2   1. STEFAN SCHWAB      GER    MARKO GOHLKE       GER    TERJE OLAV VALLE   NOR    KONST'N GREGORIEV  RUS

35-39   2. SVEN LENGWENUS     GER    BRUNO REUTELER     SWI    MARKO GOHLKE       GER    ALEX. POSTANOGOV   RUS

        3. MIRKO PFEIFFER     GER    TERJE OLAV VALLE   NOR    BRUNO REUTELER     SWI    JURGEN DILGER      GER



Cl. 1   1. TOBIAS OSTERMANN   GER    JENS GREINER-HIERO GER    GIDO WINDISCH      GER    JANI PASONEN       FIN

30-34   2. ROLAND GOSCHL      GER    TOBIAS OSTERMANN   GER    JENS GREINER-HIERO GER    JUHA PULKKI        FIN

        3. STEPHAN KUPKE      GER    JARI PUTKINEN      FIN    JARI PUTKINEN      FIN    MARC SCHWETER      GER



        * Martti Lamminpää was not eligible for a 30 m. medal.  He competed for NC points only.

That's all for IMC 2007, now on to Finland for IMC 2008, ...

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