Friday, March 18, 2005

Ski Flying

The last event of the World Cup ski jumping season takes place this weekend in Planica, Slovenia: the individual and team competitions on the massive ski-flying launch, a 215m monster. Expectations are high that one of the jumpers - maybe Matti Hautamäki - will break the world record of 231 meters (about 252 yards, further than the Wright brothers flew at Kitty Hawk), which Hautamäki set with an epic flight at Planica in 2003.

Though ski flying is now an entirely European sport, there is one American venue which has hosted ski-flying competitions, and might someday do so again: Copper Peak, outside Ironwood, Michigan. The structure is breathtaking, and it would be great to see a ski-flying event there again. Ironwood 2010?


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