Archive of nine weeks of questions
Jan. 4 to March 7, 1998
SPONSORED BY SKI JUMPING COMMITTEE,
USSA EASTERN DIVISION
Week nine: March 1 to 7:
We all know that the 1940 and 1944 Olympic Games were
cancelled, but surely by the time the war flared up at both ends
the Eurasian continent, the site for the 1940 games had been
What was the designated host city for the 1940 Olympic Winter
When war threatened this site, the Olympic Committee actually
Games, but the war got worse, and finally they cancelled the
What city was named as the backup?
St. Moritz, Switzerland
This week's winner is our Canadian neighbor,Rennie Watt.
Visit Rennie's Ski Jumping
Week eight: Feb. 22-28:
The Nagano Olympic Games are just over. Here is an
easy Olympic question: |
Who were the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists in the K-90, 120,
(For extra credit, give the medalists in the
two Nordic Combined events.)
- 90 meter Special Jump
- Jani Soininen, Finland
- Kazuyoshi Funaki, Japan
- Andreas Widhoelzl, Austria
- 120 meter Special Jump
- Kazuyoshi Funaki, Japan
- Jani Soininen, Finland
- Masahiko Harada, Japan
- 120 meter Team Jump
- Individual Nordic Combined
- Bjarte Engen Vik, Norway
- Samppa Lajunen, Finland
- Valerij Stoljarov, Russia
- Team Nordic Combined
Week seven: Feb. 15-21:
For weeks before the Nagano Olympic Games, the media
have been talking about the possibility of a Japanese
sweep of the medals in one of the special jumping events.
In the early days, Norway dominated jumping events, and
it would be a good guess that the Norwegians swept the
medals once or twice during that period.
1932 in Lake Placid (Ruud, Beck, Wahlberg)
- In which Games did Norway sweep?
1948 in St. Moritz (Hugstedt, Ruud, Scheldrup)
Did the home team ever sweep, if so when?
1972 in Sapporo (Kasaya*, Konno, Aochi) on the small hill.
(*Yukio Kasaya was a judge in Nagano.)
Week six: Feb. 8-14:
The media love controversy, even if thay have to create it
themselves. Four years ago
in Lillehammer, they picked up on an incident which may not
really have been an
incident. It seems that a jumper on the second place team in the
prematurely congratulated a member of the first place team on
their victory in
the team competition. The one who received the congratulations
then went up
and shanked his last jump, threatening the lead of his team. The
in the incident!
Germany and Japan
- Name the two teams involved.
Name the two skiers involved.
Harada and Jens Weissflog
Tell the outcome. (Did it cost the leading team the
The Japanese team was in the lead, the Germans
stood second. Weissflog congratulated Harada, who then jumped
very short. The German team swept by for the gold, Japan had to
settle for silver.
Winner -- Larry Stone, again!
Week five: Feb. 1-7:
The Olympic Winter Games begin this week in Nagano,
Japan. Here are some Olympic questions:
1948 St. Moritz, SWI
- Give the year and the location
of the Winter Games from St. Moritz (1948) to
1952 Oslo, NOR
1956 Cortina, ITA
1960 Squaw Valley CA, USA
1964 Innsbruck, AUT
1968 Grenoble, FRA
1972 Sapporo, JAP
1976 Innsbruck, AUT
1980 Lake Placid, USA
1984 Sarajevo, YUG
1988 Calgary, CAN
1992 Albertville, FRA
1994 Lillehammer, NOR
1998 Nagano, JAP
Which was the first Games to include two special
ski jump events (two hill sizes)?
Ans: Innsbruck 1964
Which was the first Games to include a team
Ans: Calgary 1988
Winner -- Larry Stone.
Week four: Jan. 25-31:
The World Junior Nordic Skiing Championships
wrapped up today (Jan. 25) in St. Moritz,
Switzerland. A recent comment in
the media suggested that the U.S. had never done
well at these Championships. That is not
Name three North Americans who have taken
home gold medals in Jumping or Nordic Combined
at the World Junior Nordic Skiing Championships
in the last two dozen years.
A trick question? Remember, Canada is part of North America.
Todd Lodwick won the World Junior Nordic
title in 1996.
Horst Bulau (Ottawa) won the special jump
Steve Collins (Thunder Bay) followed with
a win in 1980.
Week three: Jan. 18-24:
World War Two took a generation of young men
from nations around the world, and forced
cancellation of the 1940 Olympic Games. When the
Winter Olympics were resumed in 1948, the athletes
were a mix of grizzled veterans and inexperienced
youngsters. The day of the 1948 Olympic ski jump
brought nasty weather, and the coach of the
Norwegian jumping team made the rash move of removing
one of his young charges from the entry list and
pencilling in his own name, feeling that he could
better cope with the difficult jumping conditions.
St. Moritz, Switzerland,
- What was the site of the 1948 Winter Olympics?
site of this week's World Junior
Who was the Norwegian coach?
What past accomplishments justified his
confidence in his ability?
Gold medals in 1932 and 1936!
What was the outcome of the move (how did he jump)?
Silver medal in 1948!
(Here is the zinger!) Who was the young jumper
who lost his Olympic opportunity?
This luckless lad was George Thrane (rhymes with Donna).
Winner: Mark Levasseur
got three out of five.
Dave Norby (Madison, WI) and Larry Stone got one.
Week two: Jan. 11-17:
The Brattleboro Outing Club celebrated, last February,
the 75th anniversary of the club and of jumping at
Who had the honor, in 1922, of taking the inaugural
jump off the newly constructed hill?
Too easy? Try this: who came down second?
Fred Harris directed (and financed) the
the ski jump which would eventually bear his
name, and it was Fred who took the inaugural ride.
The second person down the slide, according to
contemporary newspaper accounts, was Fred's
Winner: Lew McKeon guessed Fred Harris.
Nobody knew that his sister was the next one down.
Week one: Jan. 4-10:
In the 1990's, the U.S. Ski Jumping Team has been
dominated by skiers from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.|
What small town (and what ski club) dominated the U.S Ski Jumping
Team in the 1980's?
The Hastings brothers and the Holland brothers
made Norwich, Vermont
the Capitol of U.S. Ski Jumping in the 1980's.
They all learned to jump in the junior jumping
program of the Ford Sayre Ski Club
across the Connecticut River in Hanover, New Hampshire.