The 2012 Summer Grand Prix of Masters Ski Jumping was hosted in the Czech Republic at ski jumping arenas in
Rožnov and Frenštát where Old Boys from twelve nations gathered in late September for warm weather competition and fellowship,
Sixty four skiers competed this year on three hills:
HS-38 & 70 in Rožnov, and K-95 meter hill in Frenštát.
The small hill competition ran on Friday morning with the big hill following later in the afternoon. Saturday morning saw the team competition on the K-70 hill, with the most popular event, the 70 meter individual event, finishing the competition on Saturday afternoon. The Grand Prix closed on Saturday night with a gala banquet.
By IMC rule, each participant selected up to two of the three events, and
thirty seven of the athletes skied in two individual events. Three of these turned in double gold medal performances.
Twenty eight skiers formed into seven teams of four to contest the team competition.
Notes from the 2012 Summer Grand Prix
The oldest jumper in the 2012 SGP was Sergej Leninskiy (RUS, age 67).
Sindre Helland of Norway, the only skier to compete
in every winter IMC event, 1990 to 2012, also had a perfect summer
record, but he missed the 2012 SGP.
Norway and Finland are normally dominant teams at IMC events but Finland sent no competitors and Norway brought a small team of only seven jumpers.
Even more surprising was that neighboring Germany which usually brings a large team was represented by just one skier.
In spite of the small size of the Team Norway, it won the team competition and two of its members took home double gold medals: Olav Hage and Knut Bjerke. The other double gold medalist was Czech skier Rudolf Jerábek.
Tom Kaardal a Norwegian jumper who has lived and worked in the U.S. for more than 25 years went to Roznov-Frenstat with the Norwegian team. He reports that the weather and the competition were fantastic. However he said that the K-90 did not have enough speed for the older jumpers. "We jumped from the top gate (14) -- during this summer WC the pros jumped from 10. Hotel and food were very inexpensive."
[ We welcome comments from others who went to the SGP. DCW ]