Soviet champion ski jumper, 22-year-old Yuri Kalinin is in fine form for the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria, next week.
Soviet champion ski jumper, 22-year-old Yuri Kalinin is in fine form for the Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria, next week. On saturday (24 January) he won the U.S.S.R. cup for the 90 metre (yards) ski jump in the final Soviet trials before the Games at Bakuriani in the Caucasus.
Kalinin, who comes from the Leningrad region, took first place with jumps of 107.5 metres (yards) and 107 metres. Both Kalinin and Alexei Borovitin, who came second, competed in the last world championships at Falun in Sweden in 1974. Borovitin beat Kalinin at Falun--taking the bronze medal while Kalinin was unplaced--but on Saturday his best jumps were 107 metres (yards) and 105-5 metres.
The newcomer to the Soviet team will be 19-year-old Sergei Saichik who came third with 105.5 and 100 metre jumps. He has performed in the Four Ski Jumps tournament in Austria and West Germany but he has never before represented his country. Soviet sports writers are predicting a great future for Saichik, who, like Kalinin, comes from the Leningrad area.
SYNOPSIS: The ninety metre ski jump at Bakuriani in the Soviet Union's Caucasus mountains where on Saturday Russian skiers had their last chance to make the team for next week's Winter Olympics at Innsbruck in Austria. This is Alexei Borovitin, the most successful Soviet ski jumper at the last world championships in Falun, Sweden.
Borovitin came second in Saturday's Soviet cup.. The day really belonged to nineteen-year-old Sergei Saichik here showing the style that won him third place with jumps of a hundred and five point five metres and a hundred metres. Soviet champion Yuri Kalinin confirmed his position by winning the competition with a hundred and seven point five and a hundred and seven metre jumps -- but Saichik's third place earned him a place in the Soviet team for the first time.
In all a good omen for the Russians for Wednesday -- their champion Kalinin in fine form, and a newcomer in Saichik for whom Soviet sports writers are already predicting a grand futures.