CZE flag 2011 Harrachov CZE

Coat of Arms In March of 2011, the Old Boys of the ski jumping world returned to Harrachov CZ for the International Masters Championships. This tiny village, home of one of the world's six ski flying hills, is on the northern border of the Czech Republic and had hosted the IMC in 2002. Stanislav Slavic, the director in 2002, was again in charge of the Championships in 2011.

Harrachov Hills in 2002
Harrachov 90, 70 and 40 Meter Hills   (2002 photo)
 
The cluster of three hills used for the IMC (K-90, 70, 40) are in the village, sheltered by dense stands of tall spruce trees. The old 65 meter hill was recently rebuilt into a 70 meter, much different from the original. The old tower was removed and the new inrun is all on the ground, long and flat, only 25 degrees. Changes were also made to the 40 meter inrun, but the big hill was unchanged.

We have received reports from Erkki Ahtiainen and Aatto Lamminpaa who agree that the IMC was a good one, and that for the competitions, the jumping conditions were perfect as hill workers kept the landing hills well groomed, and the machine-cut inrun tracks were deep, straight and well iced. Even a little bit of rain on Friday couldn't spoil the tracks.

Monday and Tuesday, the training days, were blessed with perfect weather and the hills were in good condition. Tuesday evening the teams marched through the village to the jumps for a short, pleasant opening ceremony, Entertainment included a dance group and six skiers with old-time skis and clothing.

Competition started Wednesday morning, March 9, with the premier event, the middle sized hill. With a start list of 134 athletes, organizers split the K-70 meter competition, with the older age groups competing first at 10 am, then the younger athletes performing later. Prizes for each day's competition were awarded in the evening.

The K-40 competition began at 9:30 on Thursday morning, With 108 skiers, the field was again split -- the older age groups finished their three round competition, followed later by the younger competitors. Late in the afternoon, teams moved to the Cross Country Stadium for the Nordic Combined Team Relays, which were run on a one kilometer course. (Sorry, no results yet.)

Friday began with 71 athletes competing for honors on the big hill. Later on, folks walked across town to the junior jumps where 24 skiers competed on the K-26 meter hill. This small hill event is officially unofficial, a gift from the organizers to the oldest of the jumpers, so it is under the control of the organizers, who divided the 24 competitors into just five classes: 35-49, 50-59, 60-60, 70-79 and Ladies.

On Saturday morning, eight 6-person teams contested the 70 meter team event. National teams consist of six skiers, one from each of the first six age groups (or older). Finland posted the winning score, ahead of Norway and Russia. After lunch the action moved to the cross country stadium, where the Nordic combined competitors ran one or more laps of a 2 km course. The week closed with a festive banquet held in an unusual venue, Harrachov is home to a leading Bohemian glass producer established in 1712, and the banquet was held in the old glass factory with the guests seated among the glass furnaces.

 

A Brief Statistical Summary

A quick count in the result sheets show that 187 skiers from 18 nations made 402 starts. Here are two tables -- one showing the team sizes and medal counts, and the other showing class sizes in the five events.


   NAT   size mdls

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

   AUT    12    9

   CAN     1    0

   CZE    20    3**    Cl.   Ages    K-26 K-40 K-70 K-90 NC

   EST     4    1      --------------------------------------

   FIN    35   33      10    75-79     *    2              2

   GBR     2    0       9    70-74     2    5    3         3

   GER    20    6       8    65-69     *   11    6    2    5

   HUN     4    2       7    60-64     7   12   10    5    8

   KAZ     1    0       6    55-59     *    9   13    7    4

   NOR    42   30       5    50-54     5   16   17    9   10

   POL     1    0       4    45-49     *   14   24   11   11

   RUS    26   18       3    40-44     *    9   13   10    6

   SLO     2    0       2    35-39     7   19   25   12    7

   SUI     3    2       1    30-34     *    8   19   12    9

   SVK     1    0     Guests 26-29               4    3

   SWE     8    3     Ladies           3    3

   UKR     4    2       -------------------------------------

   USA     1    2           Totals:   24  108  134   71   65 =402

   --------------             (* Age groups were combined.)

   Total 187  117

   (** +6 guests)

We have also prepared a list of all 187 competitors in IMC-2011 showing the skiers' nations and how they placed in each event.   Take a look.

 

No new nations joined the IMC family in 2011, but the 18 participating teams set a new record, up from the previous mark of 16 recorded at the two previous IMCs. (We note that one week later, ski flying in Planica SLO had only 16 nations represented.) In the history of IMC, skiers have come from 22 different nations -- this year only LAT, FRA, ITA & AUS were missing of those who have been represented in the past.

Organizers posted an early list of 196 athletes from 19 nations who registered for IMC 2011, but the result sheets show that 187 actually competed, and the single skier from Latvia did not compete. This number is just slightly above the average number of participants over the previous six years. The total of 402 individual starts was also above the recent average, but was not a record -- skiers made 408 starts in 2008 in Taivalkoski FIN.

IMC rules restrict a skier to two jumping events plus Nordic Combined, so an athlete can take home at most three individual medals. In 2011, seven athletes did win three medals, the top performer being Arsi Sjogren whose three medals were all gold! (See medalist list below.)

This year's oldest competitor was Richard Diess of Austria, born in 1933. Matti Nykänen participated again, as did our own celebrity, Sindre Helland, the only man to ski in all 22 editions of IMC.

Most of the IMC results are now posted here. (Still missing is the Nordic Combined Team Relay.) Here are links to the events:

Click for Harrachov Ski Club Site

Here are the names of the medalists from IMC 2011 in Harrachov, CZ:
(Note - on the 26 meter hill, age groups were 35-49, 50-59, 60-60, 70-79.)
[This listing is wide, use your horizontal slider (if necessary) to view all five columns.]


            26 meter (K)              40 meter (K)                70 meter (K)               90 meter (K)                Nordic Combined



Cl. 10 1 (see below)         AUT   Richard Dieß          AUT    . . . . . . . . . . .      . . . . . . . . . . .      Richard Dieß         AUT

75-79  2                     FIN   Teuvo Koljonen        FIN    . . . . . . . . . . .      . . . . . . . . . . .      Teuvo Koljonen       FIN



Cl. 9  1 Richard Dieß        FIN   Martti Lamminpää      FIN   Martti Lamminpää     FIN    . . . . . . . . . . .      Kaare Magnar Holmen  NOR

70-74  2 Anatoliy Chistyakov RUS   Kurt Elimä            SWE   Kaare Magnar Holmen  NOR    . . . . . . . . . . .      Martti Lamminpää     FIN

       3  . . . . . . . . . . .    Kaare Magnar Holmen   NOR   Knut Gustav Wester   NOR    . . . . . . . . . . .      Anatoliy Chistyakov  RUS



Cl. 8  1 (see below)               Reidar Finnanger      NOR   Sergey Leninskiy     RUS   Antti Kokkonen        FIN   Reidar Finnanger     NOR

65-69  2  . . . . . . . . . . .    Sergey Leninskiy      RUS   Antti Kokkonen       FIN   Aatto Lamminpää       FIN   Åke Saloniemi        SWE

       3  . . . . . . . . . . .    Sigmund Stenberg      NOR   Aatto Lamminpää      FIN                               Aatto Lamminpää      FIN



Cl. 7  1 Jan Ringseth        NOR   Väinö Karjalainen     FIN   Knut Soerlien        NOR   Bjorn Knutsen         NOR   Jan Skevik           NOR

60-64  2 Reidar Finnanger    NOR   Sindre Helland  (tie) NOR   Vladimir Kalinin     RUS   Vladimir Kalinin      RUS   Väinö Karjalainen    FIN

       3 Per Birger Lomheim  NOR   Johannes Orschel(tie) GER   Sindre Helland       NOR   Knut Soerlien         NOR   Alexander Pakhomov   RUS



Cl. 6  1 (see below)               Valeriyy Savin        UKR   Arsi Sjögren         FIN   Arsi Sjögren          FIN   Arsi Sjögren         FIN

55-59  2  . . . . . . . . . . .    Alf Tore Haug         NOR   Olav Hage            NOR   Arne Jens Jorgensen   NOR   Jan Ove Lomheim      NOR

       3  . . . . . . . . . . .    Arnt Kato Eidem       NOR   Valeryy Savin        UKR   Anton Zapf            GER   Denis Kavli          NOR



Cl. 5  1 Vladimir Kondratyev RUS   Per Ole Vik           NOR   Jack Gasienica       USA   Jack Gasienica (tie)  USA   Yury Mikhaylov       RUS

50-54  2 Yury Mikhaylov      RUS   Jo Kaare Torvik       NOR   Rauno Komulainen     FIN   Markus Malvalehto(tie)FIN   Vladimir Kongratyev  RUS

       3 Valeriy Begunov     RUS   Vladimir Ulyanov      RUS   Veijo Stranden       FIN   Rauno Komulainen      FIN   Kari Pesonen         FIN



Cl. 4  1 (see below)               Matti Nykänen         FIN   Ole Andreas Skatvedt NOR   Ole Andreas Skatvedt  NOR   Fidel Terentiev      RUS

45-49  2  . . . . . . . . . . .    Vladimir Saichik      RUS   Oyvind Villesvik     NOR   Oyvind Villesvik      NOR   Markku Jantunen      FIN

       3  . . . . . . . . . . .    Axel Dorn             GER   Fidel Terentiev      RUS   Fidel Terentiev       RUS   Oyvind Villesvik     NOR



Cl. 3  1 (see below)               Pietro Nilsson        SWE   Pasi Huttunen        FIN   Pasi Huttunen         FIN   Seppo Kinnunen       FIN

40-44  2  . . . . . . . . . . .    Sergey Medvedev       RUS   Seppo Kinnunen       FIN   Seppo Kinnunen        FIN   Konstantin Grigoryev RUS

       3  . . . . . . . . . . .    Laszlo Molnar         HUN   Pavel Kuzmin         RUS   Pavel Kuzmin          RUS   Pavel Kuzmin         RUS



Cl. 2  1 Markus Zurcher      SWI   Kalle Uusitalo        FIN   Bruno Reuteler       SWI   Knut Björnar Stroem   NOR   Lubos Chejchan       CZE

35-39  2 Freddy Lemmerer     AUT   Klaus Sölkner         AUT   Rudolf Jerabek       CZE   Rudolf Jerabek        CZE   Jaanus Ritson        EST

       3 Alexsey Mironov     RUS   Peter Tuczai          HUN   Knut Björnar Stroem  NOR   Bruno Reuteler        SWI   Klaus Solkner        AUT



Cl. 1  1  . . . . . . . . . . .    Marko Jokiniemi       FIN   Joakim Helland       NOR   Charlie Dorner        AUT   Ilkka Rahko          FIN

30-34  2  . . . . . . . . . . .    Henry Hoffmann        GER   Juha Nykänen         FIN   Joakim Helland        NOR   Martin Peer          AUT

       3  . . . . . . . . . . .    Ilkka Rahko           FIN   Charlie Dorner       AUT   Juha Nykänen          FIN   Henry Hoffman        GER



Guests 1  . . . . . . . . . . .     . . . . . . . . . . . .    David Jirotka        CZE   David Jirotka         CZE

25-29  2  . . . . . . . . . . .     . . . . . . . . . . . .    Ales Groma           CZE   Ales Groma            CZE

       3  . . . . . . . . . . .     . . . . . . . . . . . .    Oldrich Nejedlo      CZE   Oldrich Nejedlo       CZE



Ladies 1 Heike Horack        GER   Heike Horack          GER

       2 Steffi Weixler      AUT   Steffi Weixler        AUT

       3 Nina Burgstaller    AUT   Nina Burgstaller      AUT



That's all for IMC 2011. At the closing ceremonies, Chairman James Lambert called upon the Old Boys of the ski jumping world to assemble again in 2012 in Szczyrk, Poland for IMC-XXIII.   [ Read about it now.]

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