New York State's Catskill mountains is one of the favourite venues for winter sport that probably began in Holland three centuries ago.
New York State's Catskill mountains is one of the favourite venues for winter sport that probably began in Holland three centuries ago. Experts pinpoint its origins to the Dutch skaters who, gliding over frozen rivers, lakes and artificial canals, would hurdle banks of snow and other obstacles which often blocked their passage.
Since then it has become a regular feature in the North American continent where lakes and rivers are frozen for a great amount of the year. Most of the jumpers achieve speeds of more than 40 miles an hour while in mid-air over as many as 15 barrels.
The Grossinger ice arena where this film was shot has hosted jumpers from all parts of the world on its 20,000 square feet of rink.
SYNOPSIS: A skater whips up speed to leap, while a sharp-eyed umpire looks on.
He's barrel-jumping....one of the North American continent's favourite winter sports. It's most popular where lakes and rivers are covered with ice for a considerable time of the year.
Here at the Grossinger ice arena in New York State's Catskill Mountains, the conditions are ideal for huge jumps. A good competitor will usually land on his skates then slowly let himself down before sliding slowly to a stop.
This jumper knows the technique....he's easily over 15 barrels. Most serious barrel-jumpers achieve speeds of more than 40 miles an hour before taking of Experts pinpoint the sport's beginning to Holland 300 years ago. There, gliding over frozen rivers, lakes and artificial canals, skaters would hurdle banks of snow and other obstacles.
American Roger Wood, sailed over 16 barrels. With no ice friction to slow him, he's probably reached a speed of 50 miles an hour. On this occasion--the recent world barrel-jumping contest--it was the jump that gave him the championship and a new world record of 29 feet three-and-a-half inches. Observers expect an 18-barrel leap to be the leaders' target at the next world championship.