The official seat of WWMG 2010 was in Bled, though the sporting events were scattered over a large part of north-west Slovenia. There would be Alpine skiing in Kranjska Gora and hockey in Bled and Jesenice.
Promotional leaflets distributed by WWMG organizers suggested that ski jumping would take place in Kranj and Planica, where they pointed out enthusiastically that the ski flying hill was the site of the current world distance record of 239 meters. We pointed out that this was irrelevent to our Old boys. After much negotiation, a plan was drafted to jump on the K-100 meter hill in Kranj and a brand new 70 meter jump just built in 2008 along the side of the big hill. For the smaller hills, we would travel about 15 km north of Kranj to Trzic (many of thes place names have funny little marks over the letters, which we will not attempt to reproduce) where we would ski on K-35 and K-50 meter hills. The use of four jumps for IMC rather than three would be an innovation introduced by WWMG organizers. Cross country races for Nordic Combined competition would be in Pokljuka, just a few kilometers west of Bled.
As the Games approached, the Trzic area was short of snow so at the last minute, the small hill jumping was moved to Ziri, south-west of Kranj. The new plan would also replace the Kranj 70 meter hill and ski K-26, K-40 and K-60 meter hills in Ziri (shown below).
Ziri Jumps (Right to Left) K-40, K-60, K-26, childrens hill
Organizers promised buses to transport particapants between venues, and Maiju Kaseva, wife of long-time IMC competitor Matti Kaseva (FIN) reports by e-mail "The traveling between Kranj and Ziri took more than 2 hours per day, but the bus trips were very well organized." And Pietro Nilssen (SWE) reports "The Slovenians took the event seriously and the hills were 100% prepared."
In 2006, Kranj hosted IMC 17, but many participants that year felt that the hills were not prepared as well as they should have been, leading to a large number of falls and injuries. Then in 2009 in Ruhpolding, many of the IMC skiers struggled with soft snow on the outruns and we had far too many injuries with ambulance rides and even helicopters. IMC 2010 was different. Recalling the recent bad years, all the reports noted that there were almost no injuries. Maiju Kaseva happily reported "There were no bad accidents. No ambulance, no helicopters!"
Cold weather prevailed through the week with daytime high temperatures reported on the official results ranging from -8 to -2 C (18 to 28 F). Pietro Nilssen wrote "The weather conditions where good, about -5 to –13 degrees and absolutely no wind. A little snow at the start of the week but in the middle, the sun was shining. A little snow also fell at the end but without causing any problems. There were no accidents to speak of, thanks to the hard and well prepared hills." [ We learned later of one young Finnish jumper who suffered a badly broken leg, and we wish him a fast and complete recovery.]
Erkki Ahtiainen of Finland gave very high grades for hill preparation and organization. He wrote "people from the organisation always tried to solve all problems immediately, and always like it´s best for athlete." He agreed that the long drive from Kranj to Ziri was "quite hard" but worth the effort "because the hills were so good in Ziri." He finished his note with the best report of all: "I saw only smiling faces during the week."
On Thursday, 111 skiers aged from 30 to 76 came out for the K-40 meter competition. This time the older jumpers skied first and the younger ones competed after lunch.
See complete results.
Later in the afternoon, three dozen cross country racers and their friends and families, fans and supporters, traveled to Pokljuka, just west of Bled, for the Nordic Combined Team Sprint Relay. Nine teams entered the event, each consisting of four athletes of age at least 60, at least 50, at least 40 and at least 30, respectively. Each athlete took his jumping points from the better of his two jumps in the special jumping competition. A skier aged 50 or older takes his points from the 40 meter hill, while the younger competitors use their 60 meter results. The oldest skier (60+) skis first, going one kilometer, the next (50+) races 2 km, and the two youngest skiers race 3 km each, so the team races a total distance of 9 kilometers. The table at the right shows the final standings. See complete results
Friday morning the oldest competitors had another chance to strut their stuff, on the smallest hill, the K-26. Sixty nine competitors in ten age groups took their place at the top and enjoyed the well prepared little hill. See complete results
Friday afernoon, the skiers went back to the k-60 jump for the team jumping competition. Six national teams signed up for this event, each consisting of six competitors aged 55+, 50+, 45+, 40+, 35+, 30+ respectively. Team Finland again came out on top, followed by Team Norway and Team Russia. See complete results
Friday evening, competitors and guests celebrated at the IMC banquet, separate from the grand WWMG closing ceremony held in Bled on Saturday evening.
Saturday morning 48 jumpers in eight age groups traveled to Kranj to jump the largest hill ever used in IMC competition, the K-100 (HS = 109), located just across the river from Kranj's Old Town. Kranj had hosted the 2006 IMC, but on big-hill day, hill conditions and windy weather prompted IMC officials to move the big hill event up the road and through the tunnel to Villach Austria. The 2010 event was a second chance, and it went well. Forty two year old Pasi Huttunen of Finland had the long ride of the day, 107.5 meters, to win Class 3, but Class 1 winner Knut Bjorner Strom of Norway posted the highest total points. At age 66, Finland's Antti Kokkonen was the oldest competitor on the huge jump. See complete results
Only one event remained, and the Old Boys rushed off again to Pokljuka for the cross country portion of the Nordic Combined competition. Skiers younger than 50 raced 10 km, those 50-59 went 5 km, and the oldest, 60 and over, skied 3 kilometers. The fastest 10 km racer was Antti Koiveranta (Class 1, FIN) who shaded Konstantin Grigoryev (Class 3, RUS) by less than one second. Antti is the brother of World Cup N.C. star Anssi Koiveranta. See complete results
At age 78, John Eidem of Norway was honored as the oldest ski jumper at IMC 21. Eidem skied in the small hill competition with Richard Diess, age 76, of Austria. These two were the only competitors in Class 10, ages 75-79. Diess also jumped the 40 meter hill, and turned in a very fast cross country race in the Nordic Combined competition.
Expanding the program from three jumping hills to four had a number of effects. A few skiers expanded their participation accordingly, competing on three hills rather than the IMC standard two hills. Also, it was easier to score multiple wins, and the results show nine double-gold medalists. Beyond that, Richard Diess took home the legal maximum of three gold medals and Arsi Sjogren went over the top with four victories! A silver and a bronze medal kept Martti Lamminpaa barely in the lead for total medals in the history of IMC, but Sjogren's four gold medals pulled him into a tie with Aarne Kuisma for the most IMC golds.
Complete Results of IMC 2010
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26 meter (K) 36 meter (K) 60 meter (K) 100 meter (K) Nordic Combined Cl 10 1 RICHARD DIESS AUT RICHARD DIESS AUT RICHARD DIESS AUT 75-79 2 JOHN EIDEM NOR Cl 9 1 KURT ELIMÄÄ SWE AARNE KUISMA FIN AARNE KUISMA FIN KÅRE HOLMEN NOR 70-74 2 SVEIN HUSBY NOR KURT ELIMÄÄ SWE MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN TEUVO KOLJONEN FIN 3 TEUVO KOLJONEN FIN SVEIN HUSBY NOR MARTTI LAMMINPÄÄ FIN Cl. 8 1 AKE SALONIEMI SWE REIDAR FINANGER NOR ANTTI KOKKONEN FIN ANTTI KOKKONEN FIN REIDAR FINANGER NOR 65-69 2 JAN RINGSETH NOR ARNOLD LUND NOR REIDAR FINANGER NOR AKE SALONIEMI SWE 3 OLLE STRÖMVALL SWE OLLE STRÖMVALL SWE PENTTI KÖRKKÖ FIN Cl. 7 1 INGE SKIEARVOLD NOR VLADIMIR KALININ RUS KNUT SORLEIN NOR KNUT SORLEIN NOR VALERIY CHUYKIN RUS 60-64 2 ANATOLY ZAMORIN RUS ROLF MARKUSSEN NOR VLADIMIR KALININ RUS AATTO LAMMINPÄÄ FIN JANEZ GORJANC SLO 3 JANEZ GORJANC SLO RISTO KOIVISTO FIN ROLF MARKUSSEN RUS JOZE DOVZAN SLO Cl. 6 1 ODD NORDSTEIEN NOR ARSI SJÖGREN FIN ARSI SJÖGREN FIN ARSI SJÖGREN FIN ARSI SJÖGREN FIN 55-59 2 OLAVI LEINONEN FIN OLAVI LEINONEN FIN VLADIMIR FROLOV RUS BJÖRN KNUTSEN NOR JAN SKEVIK NOR 3 VAINO KARJALAINEN FIN HANNU KOHTALA FIN ANTON ZAPF GER MIKHAIL PIROZHKOV RUS PEKKA KORHONEN FIN Cl. 5 1 YURY MIKHAYLOV RUS JURGEN STIELOW GER RAUNO KOMULAINEN FIN MARKUS MALVALEHTO FIN JURY MIKHAILOV RUS 50-54 2 VALERY BEGUNOV RUS TORFINN IVELAND NOR VEIJO STRANDEN FIN RAUNO KOMULAINEN FIN VLADIMIR ULYANOV RUS 3 JOZE ŽUPAN SLO ALF-TORE HAUG NOR JURGEN STIELOW GER ARNE JENS JORGENSEN NOR IVAR SKÄRSET NOR Cl. 4 1 TOMAZ FERLAN SLO FIDEL TERENTIEV RUS OYVIND VILLESVIK NOR KARI HÄMÄLÄINEN FIN FIDEL TERENTIEV RUS 45-49 2 BLADIMIR ACKO SLO PASI KÄHKÖLÄ FIN KARI HÄMÄLÄINEN FIN OYVIND VILLESVIK NOR MARKKU JANTUNEN FIN 3 MATTI NYKÄNEN FIN AXEL DORN GER FIDEL TERENTIEV RUS G-RUNE LISLEGAARD NOR KARI PESONEN FIN Cl. 3 1 ROBERT KOPAC SLO IGOR SVIRIDOV KAZ PASI HUTTUNEN FIN PASI HUTTUNEN FIN KONST'N GRIGORYEV RUS 40-44 2 ALEXANDER GRUBER AUT PIETRO NILSSON SWE SEPPO KINNUNEN FIN SEPPO KINNUNEN FIN SEPPO KINNUNEN FIN 3 ZSOLT KARÁDI HUN ROBERT KOPAC SLO KONST'N GRIGORYEV RUS OLE ANDR. SKATVEDT NOR PAVEL KUZMIN RUS Cl. 2 1 JAANUS RITSON EST KLAUS SÖLKNER AUT BRUNO REUTELER SWI RUDOLF JERABEK CZE KLAUS SÖLKNER AUT 35-39 2 FREDDY LEMMERER AUT LASZLO MOLNAR HUN RUDOLF JERABEK CZE BRUNO REUTELER SWI ANDREAD STRANZ AUT 3 ALEXEY MIRONOV RUS THOMAS HILLBRAND AUT KLAUS SÖLKNER AUT ANDREAD STRANZ AUT JANI PASANEN FIN Cl. 1 1 ILKKA RAHKO FIN MARKO JOKINIEMI FIN KNUT BJÖRNAR STRÖM NOR KNUT BJÖRNAR STRÖM NOR ANTTI KOIVURANTA FIN 30-34 2 PETER TUCZAI HUN JAN REIMANN EST ANTTI KOIVURANTA FIN JOAKIM HELLAND NOR ALAN VAHT EST 3 ALAN VAHT EST ILKKA RAHKO FIN PER-CHR. SVENDSEN NOR PER-CHR. SVENDSEN NOR JUHA PULKKI FIN
That's all for IMC 2010. At the end of the week, IMC President James Lambert called on the
of the ski jumping world to gather again in February of 2011 in Harrachov, CZE for IMC-XXII.
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