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2010
    International Masters Competition    

Ski Jumping
and
Nordic Combined Skiing
conducted as part of the
First World Winter Masters Games

 

Slovenia's Coat of Arms   The Old Boys of the ski jumping world gathered in late January, 2010, in the area of Kranj and Ziri in Slovenia for sport and fellowship at the twenty first annual International Masters Competition in Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Skiing (IMC). The event was combined into the first World Winter Masters Games (WWMG). Bled Coat of Arms

In 2008, the IMC Committee was contacted by WWMG organizers who suggested that we conduct our 2010 IMC in conjunction with the first WWMG. The Committee considered the proposal and the presentation, and after serious deliberation, we agreed to combine IMC with the WWMG on a one-time basis. Map of Slovenia

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).

Four Jumps in Ziri
Ziri Jumps (Right to Left) K-40, K-60, K-26, childrens hill

 Competition Schedule


Wednesday, Jan. 27

  10 am  K-60 Competition

       (Older age groups)

   1 pm  K-60 Competition

     (Younger age groups)



Thursday, Jan. 28

  10 am  K-40 Competition

     (Younger age groups)

  12:30  K-40 Competition

       (Older age groups)

   3 pm   NC Team Sprint



Friday, Jan. 29

  10 am  K-26 Competition

   2 pm  K-60 Team Event

   8 pm   IMC Meeting



Saturday, Jan. 30

  10 am  K-100 Competition

   1:30 Nordic Combined XC

With the change in venue and hill sizes, athletes were permitted to change their choices of what hills to ski. Training sessions were scheduled on Monday and Tuesday of IMC week, and were also fit in between the seven IMC events, which were spread out over four days, Wednesday, Jan. 27 to Saturday, Jan. 30. A few late, minor changes were made to the Ziri schedule, such as splitting the 40 meter competition into two sessions. (See schedule at right.) Medal ceremonies followed directly after each event.

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."


The competition program started on Wednesday, January 27 with the biggest event, the K-60 meter jumping. With 108 jumpers, the field was split, with the older skiers (50+) competing in the morning and the four younger age groups jumping in the afternoon. See complete results.

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.
N.C. Sprint

1. Finland 1
2. Russia 2
3. Russia 1
4. Norway 1
5. Norway 2
6. Finland 2
7. GBR-EST-FIN
8. Finland 3
9. AUT - FIN
 
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.

 

A Brief Statistical Summary

The list of athletes pre-registered for IMC-21 showed about 216 skiers from 18 nations but many failed to show up, a few were injured before the competition began, and perhaps some withdrew. In the end, 177 jumpers made 389 starts.
Here are two tables -- one showing the team sizes and medal counts, and the other showing class sizes in the four events.


   NAT   size mdls

   --------------

   AUT     7   11

   CZE     4    2      Cl.   Ages    K-26 K-40 K-60 K-100 NC

   EST     5    4      --------------------------------------

   FIN    44   42      10    75-79     2    1              1

   GBR     2    0       9    70-74     5    6    2         3

   GER     4    5       8    65-69     5    6    2    1    4

   HUN     4    3       7    60-64    12   13    8    2    7

   KAZ     1    1       6    55-59    10   15   11    6    5

   LAT     1    0       5    50-54     9   22   18    5   10

   NOR    47   30       4    45-49    10   14   15    7    4

   RUS    22   18       3    40-44     6   11   18   12    9

   SLO    21    7       2    35-39     3   11   16    7    5

   SUI     2    2       1    30-34     7   12   18    8    5

   SVK     2    0       -------------------------------------

   SWE     7    7           Totals:   69  111  108   48   53 =389

   UKR     4    0

   --------------

   Total 177  132

We have also prepared a list of all 177 competitors in IMC-2010 showing nation, year of birth, and how they placed in each event.   Take a look.

Skied Six Events!
Aatto Lamminpää
Finland

  IMC-XXI had two "Ironmen", Finns Aatto Lamminpää (left) and Arsi Sjogren (right), who skied in all six possible events: the K-60 and K-100 Special Jumps, K-40 for Nordic Combined points, the Nordic Combined cross country race, the team jump and the Nordic Combined Team Sprint. Remarkably, Sjogren (or his Finnish team) placed first in all six!   Six Gold Medals!
Arsi Sjögren
Finland

Complete Results of IMC 2010

We can no longer find these results on the WWMG web site, but we had already converted the host's more than 50 .pdf files to just seven more convenient html files which are posted here.

[ K-26  Jumping ]   [ K-40  Jumping ]   [ K-60  Jumping ]   [ K-100  Jumping ]

[ Nordic Combined ]       [ Team  Jumping ]         [ NC Team  Sprint ]

 
We also have awards photos for:   [ K-26 ]    [ K-40 ]    [ K-60 ]    [ K-100 ]    [ N.C. ]

and another page with various larger pictures, which may load more slowly.

 

Here are the names of the medalists from IMC 2010 in Ziri & Kranj, SLO:
[This listing is wide -- use your horizontal slider (if necessary) to view all five columns.]


  

         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 Old Boys
of the ski jumping world to gather again in February of 2011 in Harrachov, CZE for IMC-XXII.

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