• Short Summary

    CZECHOSLOVAKIAN SKIERS TOOK THE FIRST THREE PLACINGS AT LAST WEEKEND'S (FEBRUARY 28TH/MARCH 1ST) SKI FLYING COMPETITION AT IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN (NORTHERN U.

  • Description

    CZECHOSLOVAKIAN SKIERS TOOK THE FIRST THREE PLACINGS AT LAST WEEKEND'S (FEBRUARY 28TH/MARCH 1ST) SKI FLYING COMPETITION AT IRONWOOD, MICHIGAN (NORTHERN U.S.A.).

    ATTRACTING TWENTY-FIVE SKIERS FROM EIGHT COUNTRIES, THE EVENT WAS THE FIRST SKI FLYING COMPETITION EVER HELD IN THE WESTERN HEMISPHERE.

    29-YEAR-OLD JIRI RASKA OF CZECHOSLOVAKIA, A GOLD-MEDAL WINNER IN THE 1968 WINTER OLYMPICS, FINISHED IN NUMBER ONE SPOT AT THE TWO-DAY MEETING, WITH RECORD 436-FOOT (APPROX. 129 METRES) LEAPS ON BOTH DAYS.

    RASK WOUND UP WITH 667 POINTS, FOLLOWED BY CZECHOSLOVAKIAN TEAM-MATES ZBYNEK HUBEC (658 POINTS) AND RUDOLF DOUBEK (649 POINTS). ADRIAN WATT OF DULUTH, MINNESOTA, USA, FINISHED FOURTH. THE FORMER UNITED STATES SKI JUMPING RECORD OF 341-FEET (APPROX. 102 METRES) WAS BROKEN 29 TIMES THE FIRST DAY OF THE COMPETITION.

    ADVERSE WEATHER MADE COPPER PEAK TREACHEROUS, AND CAUSED A 24-HOUR DELAY IN OPENING THE COMPETITION. OFFICIALS OF THE FEDERATION INTERNATIONALE DE SKI FIS WERE ALSO FORCED TO SHORTEN TAKE-OFF RUNS, REDUCING DISTANCE FLIGHTS.

    SKI FLYERS, LIKE JUMPERS, ARE JUDGED ON BOTH DISTANCE AND FORM, BUT DISTANCE IS GIVEN GREATER WEIGHT IN SCORING FLYING COMPETITIONS. THE TOP OF THE COPPER PEAK SCAFFOLD IS 605-FEET (180 METRES) ABOVE THE FINISHING AREA. MAXIMUM DISTANCE IS 475-FEET (APPROX. 180 METRES). ONLY THREE SKIERS FELL DURING HE MAIN EVENTS -- NONE WERE HURT SERIOUSLY. THE WORST MISHAP OCCURRED ON SATURDAY (FEBRUARY 28TH) WHEN TADEUS PAWLUSIAK OF POLAND SLID ALL THE WAY TO THE BOTTOM OF THE HILL, SUFFERING SEVERAL TORN MUSCLES.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAFMWN753QZ0M1OMMM7GVZMK1G
    Media URN:
    VLVAFMWN753QZ0M1OMMM7GVZMK1G
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/03/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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