The major ski-ing nations are busy preparing for this year's Winter Olympics -- and in the United States competitors are training at Lake Placid in New York State, where the Games will be held in February.
GV PAN & LV Competitor 61, Steve Haik, jumping successfully (2 shots)
GV PAN No. 66, Walter Malmquist (eventual winner) making his first jump and raising his arms in triumph (2 shots)
CU Spectator watches as Malmquist trudges back up hill and speaks to camera
GV PAN & LV Competitor No. 64, Jeff hastings making his second jump to finish in fourth position overall
GV PAN & CU No. 44, Scott Clayton, making his second jump and finishing second (2 shots)
LV PAN Walter Malmquist making his second jump
LV, SV & CU Crowd cheers as Malmquist skis back to his colleagues (3 shots)
SPORT: SKI JUMPING
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Background: The major ski-ing nations are busy preparing for this year's Winter Olympics -- and in the United States competitors are training at Lake Placid in New York State, where the Games will be held in February. In recent weeks the ski jumpers have been going through their paces under the watchful eyes of Olympic team selectors.
SYNOPSIS: This is Steve Haik, a senior competitor in the two day competition. Each had to make two jumps, one from the seventy metre tower, and the other from ninety metres.
The eventual winner was Walter Malmquist from Massachusetts. This was his first run. The preparation of Olympic venues i the past has often run well behind schedule, prompting last minute panic -- but at Lake Placid the facilities are ready with months to spare.
The Ski jump towers are two miles (about 3 kms) outside of Lake Placid, in tree-covered wilderness.
Finishing in fourth place as Jeff Hastings of Vermont.
The towers are unusual in that both ski runs combine.
This is Scott Clayton of Colorado jumping into second place. winter Olympics are not new to Lake Placid, they wee also held here in 1932. This time they have probably cost a little more with the final total at 50 million dollars.
This was the jump that won the competition for Walter Malmquist.
The Canadian Olympic team was also training here while this American selection competition was going on. The slopes will be active from now right up to the start of the Games. But while the Europeans are filtering in and getting a taste of the venue, over the next few weeks some of these Americans will go to Europe to complete their preparation.