• Short Summary

    SOME OF THE WORLD'S TOP SKI-JUMPERS THIS AFTERNOON (SUNDAY) HAD A WARM-UP FOR THIS MONTH'S WINTER OLYMPICS IN INNSBRUCK.

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    SOME OF THE WORLD'S TOP SKI-JUMPERS THIS AFTERNOON (SUNDAY) HAD A WARM-UP FOR THIS MONTH'S WINTER OLYMPICS IN INNSBRUCK. IN AN UNOFFICIAL CONTEST, THEY PRACTISED ON THE TYROLEAN CAPITAL'S BERG ISEL OLYMPIC JUMP ITSELF.

    FIRST DOWN THE SLIPWAY FOR THE LEAP INTO THE HUGE PEAR-SHAPED AMPITHEATRE BELOW WAS A YOUNG CANADIAN. WAVERING SLIGHTLY, HE MANAGED ONLY 74 METRES.

    NEXT DOWN WAS THE CRACK POLISH JUMPER, JOZEF PRZYBYLA WHO ALMOST FALTERED AS HE TOUCHED DOWN AT 86 METRES. COUPLED WITH HIS DAY'S BEST IN THE FIRST ROUND OF 95.5 METRES, THIS GAVE HIM THIRD PLACE.

    WEST GERMANY WAS ANOTHER COUNTRY REPRESENTED. ONE OF HER CONTESTANTS THRILLED THE CROWD WITH SOARING TAKE-OFF TO REGISTER A GOOD JUMP, BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH TO WORRY THE LEADERS.

    WATCH THE NEXT ONE - A 23-YEAR-OLD CZECH MOTOR MECHANIC WHOSE WELL-CONTROLLED LEAP AND STYLE EARNED HIM GOOD MARKS. HIS DISTANCE: 79 METRES.

    ALL EYES WERE ON VEIKKO KANKKONEN, A CHAMPION FOOTBALLER-TURNED-SKI-JUMPER WHO LEAPT A DAY'S SECOND BEST 92 METRES IN THE FIRST ROUND. LEANING WELL FORWARD, HE TOOK OFF FOR A SECOND LEAP OF 89.5 METRES - AND VICTORY.

    JOHN BALFANZ, OF THE UNITED STATES, WAS RANKED TENTH, BUT IN SPITE OF A LITTLE WAVERING HE FOLLOWED UP HIS 91-METRE FIRST JUMP WITH 86.5 METRES - GOOD ENOUGH TO EARN FIFTH PLACE.

    SECOND PLACE WENT TO THE SOVIET CHAMPION ALEXANDER IVANNIKOV. STRAINING WELL FORWARD ON HIS SKIS IN THE CHARACTERISTIC RUSSIAN POSE, HE REGISTERED JUMPS OF 89.5 METRES IN BOTH ROUNDS TO FINISH 6 1/2 POINTS BEHIND KANKKONEN HALF A POINT AHEAD OF PRZYBYLA.

    FILM FINISHES WITH THE WORLD CHAMPION AND SQUAW VALLEY OLYMPICS GOLD MEDALLIST, EAST GERMANY'S HANS RECKNAGEL. HIS SECOND JUMP OF 85.5 METRES WAS NOT ENOUGH TO GIVE HIM A MAJOR PLACING.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAPGYP3CN9FY4IZNKMP4THZ8VP
    Media URN:
    VLVAAPGYP3CN9FY4IZNKMP4THZ8VP
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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