Autumn 2006 through Summer 2008 News Updates on
International Masters Ski Jumping
from Klaus Günther, IMC President
(and other sources)


Archived Items running through Summer 2008.
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IMC 2008 Entry List is Posted

(Feb. 13) Erkki Ahtiainen has distributed an early version of the list of skiers
entered in the 2008 IMC in Taivalkoski FIN. We have posted three versions:

Please check the entry list and send corrections immediately to Tapio.

As we look at the list, we see that the Home Team will be huge as Finland lists over 75 skiers. Norway has the usual large group but Sweden is down in number, as is Germany. We are delighted to welcome back a group from Estonia, and also five representatives from Ukraine. Russia is well represented with two dozen names in the list, and Great Britain returns with two athletes, but we are disappointed to see only two names from Austria. However, we are pleased to welcome a new nation, Latvia, to the IMC family.


IMC invitation (Dec 18, first in English, then in German)

Dear masters,

Taivalkoski would like to welcome us in 2008. The invitation is ready now. Look at the invitation for more information, see event web page at www.taivalkoski.fi.

Attention, the HS-24 is an offer from the host! I would like to use this hill for the masters who are 70 years old and older especially for the NC results. We added this hill to the program. If we have a safety problem on the HS 40 then we have to lower the age and change to the HS 24. The jury would decide this in close cooperation with the IMC committee. The schedule is subject to change.

I am sorry that we sent the invitation so late. The reason is that the son of Tapio, one of our responsible people and race leader, died at the age of 26. His son's funeral was last week. Our deepest sympathy is going to him and his family in the name of the IMC.

The start will be a special start. Anton Zapf would like to celebrate a festive classical concert with us in the church of Taivalkoski under the motto "Peace and Tolerance" with choir and orchestra from Konservatorio Oulu with around 50 to 70 people. In close cooperation with the mayor of Taivalkoski, the IMC organizer and the director of those ensembles, Arja Ollioa.

I am happy that we have found many interested people in our hosts who want to create successful games for us. They know our IMC so well in Finland that Matti Nykänen would like to celebrate his comeback with us.

All masters (age 30 and over) are invited to come to Taivalkoski.

Klaus Günther
IMC president

P.S. Our responsible person in Taivalkovski is:

Tapio Räisänen
Kuuharjun Mökit / Blockhäuser Kuuharju
Kuulammentie 7
FIN - 93400 TAIVALKOSKI
Mob.: +358(0)400680540
E-mail: tapio.raisanen@luukku.com


Now the same message in German:

IMC Ausschreibung!

Liebe Masters,

Taivalkoski möchte uns 2008 wilkommen heissen. Die Ausschreibung ist jetzt fertig.
Für mehr Informationen und Anmeldung schaut unter www.taivalkoski.fi.

Achtung die HS 24 ist eine Offerte von unserem Gastgeber. Ich möchte gerne diese HS24 für die Mastres ab 70 Jahre speziell für die nordische Kombination. Wir halten die HS 24 zusätzlich im Pragramm. Fals wir ein Sicherheitsproblem auf der HS 40 haben werden wir die Jahrgänge heruntersetzen und gehen von der HS 24. Die Jury wird dies in enger Zusammenarbeit mit der IMC Kommittee entscheiden. Änderungen im Programm unter Vorbehalt.

Es tut uns leid, dass die Ausschreibung so spät versendet wird. Derr Grund ist das Tapio´s Sohn mit 26 Jahren gestorben ist und letzte Woche beerdingt wurde. Im Namen der IMC ergeht unser tiefes Mitgefühl Tapio und seiner Familie.

Wir werden einen besonderen Start starten, Anton Zapf möchte gerne ein feierliches Klassik Konzert mit uns in der Kirche von Taivalkoski unter dem Motto " Frieden und Toleranz" mit Chor und Orchester von 50 bis 70 Leuten vom Konservatorium Oulu, unterzelebrieren. Dies geschieht In enger Zusammenarbeit mit dem Bürgermeister von Taivalkoski dem Organisator und dem Direktorin von diesem Ensamble Arja Olliloa.

Ich freue mich sehr, dass wir in unserem Gastgeber sehr interessierte Leute gefunden haben der diese Spiele kreativ und erfolgreich machen möchte. Sie machten unsere IMC so bekannt in Finnland, dass sogar Martti Nykänen ein comeback mit uns machen möchte. Alle Masters sind eingeladen nach Taivalkoski zu kommen.

Klaus Günther
IMC Präsident

P.S. Unser verantwortliche Person in Taivalkoski ist:

Tapio Räisänen
Kuuharjun Mökit / Blockhäuser Kuuharju
Kuulammentie 7
FIN - 93400 TAIVALKOSKI
Mob.: +358(0)400680540
E-mail: tapio.raisanen@luukku.com


IMC 2008 Negotiations Almost Finished: (Dec 10) The IMC Executive Committee has been working feverishly, discussing among themselves and negotiating with the Taivalkoski hosts to iron out the details of the upcoming Championships. An invitation with detailed information should be made public soon. (DCW)


IMC President Klaus Günther reports
Masters Summer Grand Prix a Great Success!
Here is his brief report:

[Oct. 2] I am just back from the 2nd International Masters Summer Grand Prix in Einsiedeln. It was a great succees not only for us Masters but also for the host. This event would strengthen the IMC future. Three of us were present from the IMC board: our TD Alexander Diess; Anton Zapf, our Chairman for Culture and Communication; and I as IMC president and race leader for this competition.
We not only got to know a fascinating facility, we also met wonderful people. Everybody who contributed to this 2nd International Masters Summer Grand Prix, bringing it to this level of success, has not only generated great respect in all participants but they all have moved forward the entire masters sport a great deal. We have opened the door to the Swiss skiing assocation with Garry Furrer chairman of Swiss jumping who handed out the medals personally. The IMC president gave four awards to Einsiedeln. The first IMC award went to the best host, second IMC award went to the organizer who, with his many helpers but with only four month lead time, was able to organize such an international Masters event, and to Ralf Schnyder our IMC Swiss chairman. A miniature jumper in gold went to the chairman of the Swiss skiing assocation Garry Furrer and the secound miniature jumper in gold went to the Ski Club Einsiedeln, represented by Herman Kälin.
The IMC did say thank you to all of them..

A Few Statistics
52 skiers from eight nations traveled to Einsiedeln, Switzerland for a few days of sport and fellowship at the second Masters Summer Grand Prix. (Team sizes: AUT 8, FRA 1, GBR 2, GER 16, NOR 8, RUS 1, SUI 15, SWE 1) Following the usual IMC practice, participants chose up to two events from four ski jumping competitions held on hills of size 28m, 50m, 77m & 117m (28 & 77m on Friday, Sept. 28 and 50 & on Saturday, Sept. 29). With the small number of participants, the Masters welcomed a few guest jumpers younger than the Masters age of 30, including the son of Norwegian Master Sindre Helland, the only jumper to participate in every IMC event.

See Event Web Page with complete results (two 560kb .pdf files) and photo gallery
or just scroll down to read a newspaper article in German

Einsiedeln Jumps   Einsiedeln Jumps  

See Einsiedeln Web Page


Here is a brief article in German about the summer GP by Jürg Eberle:

Masters Sommer-GP auf Einsiedler Schanzen

Marco Steinauer
Foto: Jürg Eberle

Rund 400 begeisterte Zuschauer verfolgten am vergangenen Freitag und Samstag den internationalen Masters Sommer-GP auf allen vier Einsiedler Schanzen.

Links: Der Einheimische Marco Steinauer, der vor einem Jahr vom Spitzensport
zurückgetreten war, gewann auf seiner Hausschanze in seiner Kategorie die Goldmedaille.

je. Bei unterschiedlichen Witterungsbedingungen brillierten 58 Skispringer der Jahrgänge 1977 bis 1933. Am Samstag zeigte sich unsere Region den Gästen aus neun europäischen Nationen mit prachtvollem Herbstwetter von ihrer schönsten Seite. Von den Hauptdarstellern, den «Oldies», wurde Skisprungsport vom Feinsten geboten. 58 Medaillen verteilt In den diversen Altersklassen wurden auf allen vier Schanzen insgesamt 58 Medaillen vergeben, 21 Gewinner, 19 Zweitplatzierte und 18 auf Rang drei. Hervorragende Leistungen zeigten auch unsere einheimischen «Alt-Athleten» Marco Steinauer und Bruno Reuteler. Beide siegten in ihrer Alterskategorie auf der Akad-Schanze (Hillsize 117 Meter). Staunen erregten die beiden Bestweiten von Marco mit 111 und 110 Metern.

Stilmässig wurden alle Richtungen gezeigt – eine Art Skisprunggeschichte in zwei Tagen! Das teilweise fortgeschrittene Alter zeigte sich nur auf dem Papier, nicht aber im athletischen Wettkampfgeist. Leidenschaft für den Skisprungsport, Fairness, viel Spass und stilvolles Verhalten in allen Belangen sind ihre herausragenden Attribute. Auch der älteste Teilnehmer, Richard Diess (Ö), bewies mit seinen 74 Jahren, dass Skisprungsport nicht das Privileg von «Youngsters» ist. Erst vor vier Jahren, nach über 30-jähriger Tätigkeit als Skisprungtrainer in Österreich, hat der Entdecker und langjährige Trainer von Andi Goldberger wieder als Skispringer begonnen.

«Wir durften Gast sein auf modernen Anlagen in einer wunderschönen Region. Wir lernten wunderbare Menschen kennen und erlebten tollen Sport in einer völkerverbindenden Gemeinschaft. Wir kommen wieder.» Mit diesen Worten bedankte sich Klaus Günther, Präsident des «International Masters Ski Jumping Committees». Organisator Ralf Schnyder und der Nationalen Skisprunganlage Eschbach (NaSE) überreichte er den IMC-Award für beste Organisation und den besten Gastgeber.

Sieger waren nicht nur alle 58 Teilnehmer. Sieger waren und sind auch die Einsiedler Schanzen, die Organisatoren und nicht zuletzt die freiwilligen Helfer. Alles in allem ein Super-Anlass. Alle scheinen Sieger zu sein – nur ein grosser Wermutstropfen bleibt – die ungelösten finanziellen Altlasten der Schanzen.


2007 Masters Summer Grand Prix in Einsiedeln --
[July 18] We have just received an information sheet and entry form for the September Masters Grand Prix in Einsiedeln, Switzerland. [We don't know why the one-page entry form is such a huge computer file (729 kb!) so we prepared a smaller one, quicker to download but with all the same information.] Click to download or open: Masters Summer Event in Bad Griesbach -- We have received an invitation to a Masters jumping event in Bad Griesbach, Germany to be held on July 21-22, 2007. For more information, see the .pdf event information or go to the ski club home page.


2007 Masters Summer Grand Prix in Einsiedeln --
[June 26] Chairman Klaus Günther sends the following good news:
"Einsiedeln Switzerland verified the IMC summer grand prix 2007! Einsiedeln would like to invite us to the Masters competition in Einsiedeln from 28th 'til 30th of September 2007. The formal invitation will come in July."   (See above for newer information.)


2007 Masters Summer Grand Prix -- [June 11] Chairman Klaus Günther relays the news from Franz Smolina that Villach will not be able to host a Masters Summer Grand Prix in 2007 because of a conflict with World Cup competitions. Klaus has contacted officials in Einsiedeln, SWI with the hope of holding a Summer Grand Prix in Einsiedeln. News on that negotiation will appear here as we receive it. (see above - ed.)

Dates for IMC 2008 -- Erkki Ahtiainen has sent us the dates for the 2008 IMC in Taivalkoski, Finland. The event will run from Monday February 25 to Sunday, March 2, 2008. The host city, Taivalkoski, is located in the center of Finland, south-west of Kuusamo.

Host for IMC 2008 -- Chairman Klaus Günther has announced that the 2008 IMC will be in Taivalkoski, FIN (dates to be announced). Klaus and the IMC Committee hope that the IMC family will also support the annual Masters event of the unsuccessful bidder, Harrachov, which celebrates two special anniversaries in 2008. Stanislav Slavic hopes to schedule the Harrachov Veterani event on the weekend following IMC so competitors can go directly from FIN to CZE.

Summer Grand Prix 2007 -- Günther also mentioned the Second International Masters Summer Grand Prix in Villach at the end of September 2007. Watch here for further details.

Medical Report (Old Boys on the Mend) -- Klaus had another operation on his knee -- he hopes it is the last one. On May 22, Björn Knutsen had another back operation. Kristof Gaspirc also reported that he was in rehabilitation after operations on his back, his hip and his foot. Perhaps he recieved a price reduction for buying in quantity.

Our prayers and best wishes go to all the Old Boys on the Mend.

Alan Jones and Jasen Weller from Great Britian and some others have been invited for summer training by the coach of the Hinterzarten Ski Club. They are happy.


Manuela & Daniela More Pictures from IMC 2007 -- Manuela Steinki (right) snapped thousands of pictures at IMC in Hinterzarten and has posted more than 800 of these pictures on her new web page at   www.senior-jumping.de   [ See Manuela's pictures now ]

Manuela's friend Daniela Richter (far right) has posted a very different batch of about 65 pictures on her personal web site   www.skisprungpol.com   [ See Daniela's pictures now ]
These are in addition to over 700 Hinterzarten Ski Club photos posted earlier by Aki von Burski.   [ See Aki's pictures now ]

[ Click to submit comments ]

Host for IMC 2008 -- Chairman Klaus Gunther extended the decision deadline one more month, from April 3 to May 3, for the final choice of a host for the 2008 IMC. The Executive Committee is troubled that the proposed host in Finland has no 90 meter hill (their largest is K-74). We hope to receive further bids before the end of April, and feel that it is more important to do it right than to do it fast.

IMC XVIII in Hinterzarten has come and gone, and we invite comments on the way it was conducted. Please tell us what was good and should be continued, and what was not so good and might be improved. Comment on the events, the schedule, the communication -- anything worth a comment. In this way we hope to make future IMC's as good as they can be.

The annual meeting of the IMC Committee was held on Saturday afternoon and with 14 nations competing in the 2007 IMC, only five were represented at the meeting. Here are some highlights of that meeting:

Host for 2008 -- In January, the Swedish bid was stopped, but we have two other bids: Harrachov, CZE and Taivalkoski, FIN. Neither of these has the perfect range of hills so the Committee voted to put off the selection for one month, during which time other bids would be sought. Members are encouraged to seek bids and submit them by late March. Bids must include accurate hill sizes.

Guest Class -- The Committee also agreed to continue the "Guest Class" in 2008 (jumpers aged 25-29) but limited to at most two entrants per nation (four from the host nation) and restricted to the largest hill competition.

NC Team Sprint -- In 2008 we will try a team sprint event in Nordic Combined. The preliminary plan call for four-person teams (ages 30+, 40+, 50+, 60+) racing in a relay with legs perhaps 4 km, 3 km, 2km, 1 km respectively. This plan is still being discussed.

Election of Officers -- With time running short and the small number of voting members, the Committee agreed to extend the present officers for one year.

Details on these items and more are available in the minutes of the meeting.



New Pictures Posted, and More to Come.

Aki, the hard working webmaster in Hinterzarten has repaired the English language version of the photo index page and it seems to be working fine now. He has also posted pictures from the Cross Country races, and is working on other albums. He does this in his spare time, so it may take a few more days. See pictures now.

 

2007 IMC -- Difficult but Successful!
IMC XVIII was a success in spite of horrible weather. Very warm temperatures with rain and strong winds made the job of the hosts almost impossible, but in the end all the events were held except for the team competition.
Organizers have created a very nice web site where you can read all of the results (13 .pdf files) or view hundreds of nice pictures. The English language version of the picture index page has been repaired. Have fun!
You can also find links there to pages of news, schedule, and contacts.
We hope to post a brief report soon on this Masters website.

Feb. 28, 2007 photo
Conditions on Feb 28 during IMC

(Scroll down to campare to Feb. 6 picture.)


A new picture of the beautiful
Hinterzarten Ski Jumps
Feb. 6, 2007 photo
From Karl Hassler, via Klaus Günther

(Scroll down to campare to Dec. 2005 picture.)


It is our sad duty to relay a message from our Australian friend Tony Mihelcic

Hi ... just want you to know that my love of my life passed away this morning 9:30 am Australian time 19/01/07 in my hands. ... I do and will continue to bring this beautiful sport down-under here in Australia.      Kind regards, Tony Mihelcic

Tony has been his wife's caregiver during the final months of her life.
( Send Tony messages at tonymihelcic@iprimus.com.au )


Web Site for IMC 2007
The Skiclub-Hinterzarten web site [
go there now] has a page
dedicated to IMC-2007 [ see it now ] where you can download
information, schedule and entry form for IMC-2007
in a single large (1.25 mb) .pdf file. [ get it now ].
NEW -- recently added information pages in English .


Merry Christmas
2006 and a
happy new year 2007
Christmas in Hinterzarten
Thats our IMC hills at the moment now in Hinterzarten.

Greetings . . . Klaus

(Yes, to be honest, the picture was taken a year ago!)


Hinterzarten Masters Training Camp in October

Torbjørn Haugen has sent pictures and a very brief report on the Masters training camp held in Hinterzarten in October. Perhaps the best news is the presence of a jumper from Switzerland, a nation never before represented at IMC events. Here are Torbjørn's words, and one picture:

 
Relaxing in Hinterzarten [L-R] Kenneth Bråthen, Sindre Helland,
Torry Ringkilen, Joakim Helland
"Training camp:
One from Switzerland! He will also join us in February (probably the first time we will have a Swiss master joining us?).

"We were 10 Norwegians, most of us for one whole week, jumping two periods every day. Names: e.g. Arne Jens Jørgensen, who counts it as a bad year if he gets less than 1000 jumps, Sindre Helland who has joined IMC every year since it started, and his son Joakim (28 years old, excellent jumper; in his younger days he used to beat Lars Bystøl, the Olympic champion, and he will probably be joining IMC for the first time in the recruiting class). Bjørn Knutsen (starting jumping again after one year of rehabilitation after a back operation). We also had our own coach: Kenneth Bråthen (no, not the NC skier recently retired from the Norwegian A-Team, the other K.B.).

"About 4- 6 Germans (I am not sure),
-among them Klaus, who regrettably once again had a rupture of the cruciate ligament. That was in his first jump on the K-70.

"There were also younger jumpers from Russia and Canada."

(Klaus tells us that the Germans jumping at the camp were: Bernahard Seidl, Anton Zapf, Jürgen Stielow with his sun Maik, Marko Golke, Olaf Bruchmann, and Ingolf Köhler. Klaus was re-injured on his very first jump and spent the rest of the week coaching the jumpers on the K-70 while Bråthen worked on the K-95.)


Here is the latest message from our President, received Sept. 2,
regarding the Autumn Masters Training Camp in Hinterzarten:

IMC International Master’s training camp, Hinterzarten

To all master jumpers,

We were able to reserve the hill facilities in Hinterzarten for one week for our international master’s training camp for the 41st week that is from the 8th to the 15th October. Consequently we’ll be able to train directly for the upcoming Master’s World Championship which will take place from the 26th February to 3rd March 2007. You can register for a group for one or more days or even for the entire week depending on how much time each person has. A group of Norwegian masters has already announced their coming. I would like to offer this training opportunity to all masters. Directly contact the chief of hill, Hinterzarten, Mr. Karl Hassler. He is organizing the training assignment of the hills. Please register directly with him: hassler@skiclub-hinterzarten.de
Or via myself at: 092130686-0001@t-online.de

Greetings to all
Klaus Günther
IMC Executive Board


IMC-XVIII, 2007
IMC President Klaus Günther, Vice President Torbjørn Haugen and TD Alexander Diess traveled to Hinterzarten, Germany, to discuss arrangements for the 2007 IMC games with the responsible people of the Hinterzarten Ski Club. The Hinterzarten Ski Club showed a lot of commitment and was very open to the Masters. The games will run from February 27 to March 3, 2007 on the Adler (German for Eagle) hills K-30, K-70 and K-95.

As our Committee agreed in Kranj, the 2007 IMC will begin on Tuesday with the opening ceremony. Competition will start with the older athletes as the first group on the K-70 on Wednesday, Thursday will be the second group with the younger athletes on the K-70 and in the evening, with floodlighting, we will proceed to the team competition on the K-70. The K-30 will start on Friday morning and the K-95 in the afternoon. On Saturday cross country skiing is on the program. Hinterzarten is already looking forward to the International Masters.

Because of the many international competitions which the Ski Club holds every year, an absolutely professional ski club was found for the IMC. Because of that, the IMC has the big chance to do appropriate public relations work, assuming that the masters will present themselves in the best physical condition. The appeal of the IMC’s responsible people to all masters: please, take every opportunity to practice.

Autumn 2006 Training Camp
The masters from Norway, Germany and Austria will hold a masters’ training camp in October in Hinterzarten. The exact date will be announced later. All masters are invited. (Details above.)

IMC-XIX, 2008
Sweden is applying for the IMC 2008, the proposed location is Ornskoldsvik in Sweden! Swedish IMC representative Ake Saloniemi (and IMC NC Chmn.) supports the Swedish bid. The IMC President and Vice President thanked Pietro Nilsson for his application. IMC national representatives will vote on the 2008 site at the IMC Committee meeting in Hinterzarten in the winter of 2007. Visit the bidding club's web page.

Final Note:
The IMC’s responsible people would like to ask all masters to prepare themselves especially well with reflex, fitness, running and jumping training for the upcoming IMC!

from Klaus Günther, IMC president

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