The photograph above shows the three hills -- participants report that the hills were in very good condition throughout the IMC. Aatto Lamminpaa tells us that the 77 m track had a troublesome bump just before the table, but Erkki Ahtianen assures us that the hill crew had it mostly smoothed out by competition time. Aatto also writes "Jumping hills were very good" and "Weather was really good nearly [the] whole time."
Athletes had an opportunity to train on Monday and Tuesday under beautiful blue skies, and on Tuesday evening everyone gathered on the outruns for the opening ceremony, where teams marched with their national flags behind leaders carrying blue placards.
Erkki's week-long weather report told us "Monday and Tuesday was really sunny. Wednesday and Thursday was also sunny, and Thursday, when the oldest groups ski XC, [the] track was still guite fast. On Friday it was raining a little wet snow, and it makes jumping in HS106 little difficult, and also the XC track wasn´t so fast anymore. ... The temperature was little bit over zero C every day in afternoons." It appears that skiers enjoyed perfect late winter conditions most of the week.
Maiju Kaseva wrote "The organisation team was wonderful, the hills were in good condition. The village was small one, no shopping places and I could not find any culture centres, but it was a perfect place for sport." She also tells us that Sunday brought rain -- good timing!
The small hill (HS-44) competition began at 9 o'clock on Thursday morning and with 101 skiers the field, the event was again split -- the older age groups finished their three round competition, followed later by the younger competitors.
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In the afternoon, the older Nordic Combined competitors (those earning their points on the HS-44 hill) moved to the the Cross Country Stadium to finish their NC competitions with the cross country races. Racers aged 50-59 (Classes V & VI) raced 4 km while those 60 and over (Classes VII and up) ran 2 km. Prizes for the day's events were awarded at 8 pm in the town.
See results or podium pictures.
Aatto tells us that the two kilometer cross country was demanding with a big climb followed by a fast downhill with difficult turns.
See results or podium pictures.
After lunch the skiers moved to the cross country stadium for the Nordic Combined
Team Sprint. Again teams consisted of four competitors with the same age
group rules as the team jump. The oldest racers (age 60+) ran one kilometer, the next group (50+) ran two km and racers in the two youngest groups ran 3 km. Aatto tells us that the race was made even harder than the individual XC with
new wet snow on the course. The Finns turned the table on their neighbors to the east, so the two dominant teams split the team honors. Finland's Team-1 started with a large lead of 1:45.8 over Russia-1 but the Russian team made it exciting as they steadily moved up on the Finns. Finland's racers ran as hard as they needed to, keeping the Russians just 3.8 seconds back at the finish. Erkki explains that all the teams had trouble finding a good wax for the wet snow except for the Russians, who seemed to have fast skis right down to the last man. Norway-1 placed third. In all, nine teams took part. Anchoring Finland-2, Taneli Niemi outsprinted Ilya Kirichenko for fifth place, edging the Russian by just four tenths of a second.
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The week closed on Saturday night with a festive banquet held in a large restaurant room of rustic timber construction.
Acting IMC President Erkki Ahtainen (below, left) thanked everybody who made
the 2012 IMC a success, especially Chief of Competition Janusz Malik and
Chief Organizer Agnieszka Baczkowska of
(below,center). Agnieszka received a handsome modern silver-colored deer statue -- a tiny "thank you" for the huge task that she undertook to organize this difficult event.
Dinner and speaches were followed by music and dancing with a small band of fiddlers.
In the end, Aatto said "... we had really good days with sport: skijumping and Nordic combined. Village Szczyrk between beatiful mountains was very beautiful, and people there were very kind and good for all our groups from other countries."
Erkki summed it up more simply. "[The] week was wonderful, maybe the best ever."
No new nations joined the IMC family in 2012, but 17 nations participated. (The record is 18 set in 2011.) In the history of IMC, skiers have come from 22 different nations -- this year only AUS, FRA, GBR, ITA & LAT were missing of those who have participated in the past. Only two nations went home without a medal.
Organizers posted an early list of 166 athletes from 15 nations who registered for IMC 2012, but the result sheets show that only 162 actually competed (yes, they accepted some late registrations), below recent average participation. The total number of individual starts was also down at 340.
IMC rules restrict a skier to two jumping events plus Nordic Combined, so an athlete can take home at most three individual medals. In 2012, six athletes did win three medals -- Seppo Kinnunen (FIN) and Klaus Sölkner (AUT) (below) topped the group with two golds and a bronze each. (See medalist list below.) Other triple medalists were Jaanus Ritson (EST), Antti Koivuranta (FIN), Martti Lamminpaa (FIN), and Arsi Sjogren (FIN) whose long run of wins was finally broken.
Six IMC athletes in age groups V and up (50+) chose to compete in the two larger hill competitions plus Nordic Combined, but an IMC rule required Nordic Combined competitors 50 years old and older to earn their NC jumping points on the 44 meter hill. This required the six to compete on all three jumping hills. (Erkki Ahtianen tells us that the NC competition was a sprint, so the six needed to take only one jump and therefore their names do not appear on the 44 meter results.) Of the six, only one skied in both team events -- that athlete was Arsi Sjogren (FIN) (below, right), the Ironman of the 2012 IMC who competed in all six of the events.
Sindre Helland (right), maintained his perfect record -- he is the only man to ski in all 23 editions of IMC.
The event web site is on the Tatra Sport home-page.
You can also browse hundreds of pictures posted on the internet. We know of two collections, though we don't understand the names. And we don't know if Manuela plans to post pictures.
WinterSzus has almost 900 pictures on 8 albums. These are posted on a Google photo site but there seems to be two ways to access these photos. At the home-page you will find links to six albums while the gallery page has links to eight albums with thumbnail versions of the pictures. If you hover your cursor over a thumbnail, it gets slightly larger and in some cases, the name of the skier appears. If you click the enlarged thumbnail, you see the full size image with the skier's name in an info box on the right. However on our computer, the photo viewer doesn't work correctly. The home-page albums seem to be served in a different way.
On the same Google photo site are 500 photos on four albums by Kuba [?] where you use the same procedure for viewing images as the gallery page above. However, none of these pictures seem to carry the name of the skier.
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HS-44 meter HS-77 meter HS-106 meter Nordic Combined Cl. 10 1 Kurt Brausse GER . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Anatolii Chistiakov RUS 75-79 2 Anatolii Chistiakov RUS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teuvo Koljonen FIN Teuvo Koljonen FIN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Kurt Brausse GER Cl. 9 1 Svein Husby NOR Martti Lamminpää FIN . . . . . . . . . . . Arnold Lund NOR 70-74 2 Martti Lamminpää FIN Knut Gustav Wester NOR . . . . . . . . . . . Kaare Magnar Holmen NOR 3 Kurt Elimä SWE Kaare Magnar Holmen NOR . . . . . . . . . . . Martti Lamminpää FIN Cl. 8 1 Rolf Markussen NOR Sergey Leninskiy RUS Aatto Lamminpää FIN Reidar Finnanger NOR 65-69 2 Ake Saloniemi SWE Rolf Markussen NOR Antti Kokkonen FIN Åke Saloniemi SWE 3 Sergey Leninskiy RUS Aatto Lamminpää FIN . . . . . . . . . . . Jan Willy Oskal NOR Cl. 7 1 Olavi Leinonen FIN Knut Soerlien NOR Anton Zapf GER Jan Skevik NOR 60-64 2 Väinö Karjalainen FIN Valerii Savin UKR Knut Soerlien NOR Väinö Karjalainen FIN 3 Sindre Helland NOR Anton Zapf GER Ole Eldar Kjolen NOR Valerii Chuikin RUS Cl. 6 Jozef Hysek SVK Jozef Hysek SVK Arsi Sjögren FIN Vladimir Ulyanov RUS 55-59 2 Alf Tore Haug NOR Arsi Sjögren FIN Olav Hage NOR Arsi Sjögren FIN 3 Alf Jonny Jenssen NOR Olav Hage NOR Arne Jens Jorgensen NOR Vladimir Kondratyev RUS Cl. 5 1 Jo Kaare Torvik NOR Jack Gasienica USA Knut Bjerke NOR Alexander Bark CAN 50-54 2 Jurgen Stielow GER Knut Bjerke NOR Jack Gasienica USA Kari Pesonen FIN 3 Jyrki Sahlstrom FIN Rauno Komulainen FIN Markus Malvalehto FIN Yury Mikhaylov RUS Cl. 4 1 Fidel Terentiev RUS Seppo Kinnunen FIN Oyvind Villesvik NOR Seppo Kinnunen FIN 45-49 2 Pietro Nilsson SWE Oyvind Villesvik NOR Ole Andreas Skatvedt NOR Fidel Terentiev RUS 3 Kristof Gaspirc SLO Ole Andreas Skatvedt NOR Seppo Kinnunen FIN Markku Jantunen FIN Cl. 3 1 Klaus Sölkner AUT Esa Kononen FIN Marko Gohlke GER Klaus Solkner AUT 40-44 2 Laszlo Molnar HUN Marko Gohlke GER Esa Kononen FIN Konstantin Grigoryev RUS 3 Sergey Medvedev RUS Klaus Sölkner AUT Konstantin Grigoryev RUS Pavel Kuzmin RUS Cl. 2 1 Kalle Uusitalo FIN Knut Björnar Stroem NOR Knut Björnar Stroem NOR Jaanus Ritson EST 35-39 2 Dimitrii Makarov RUS Jaanus Ritson EST Jaanus Ritson EST Stanislav Dubrovski RUS 3 Thomas Hillbrandt AUT Juha Nykänen FIN Juha Nykänen FIN Lubos Cejchan CZE Cl. 1 1 Henry Hoffmann GER Wojciech Tajner POL Joakim Helland NOR Antti Koivuranta FIN 30-34 2 Marko Jokiniemi FIN Daniel Bachleda POL Wojciech Tajner POL Daniel Bachleda POL 3 Fredrik Berger NOR Antti Koivuranta FIN Antti Koivuranta FIN Ilya Kirichenko RUS Guests (25-29) . . . . . . . . . 1 Oldrich Nejedlo CZE Oldrich Nejedlo CZE . . . . . . . . . . . Ladies 1 Heike Horack GER 2 Jana Kratochvilova CZE
Erkki Ahtianen called upon the Old Boys of the ski jumping world to
assemble again in 2013 in Chaikovsky, Russia for IMC-XXIV.
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