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
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
All ceremonies and several meeting were held at the Kurhaus in the middle of the village, a
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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