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Holmenkollen: the Mecca of skiers. This year’s FIS World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen has origins slightly further east in Oslo. Norway’s first ski jumping competition was in 1866 at Iversløkken, St. Hanshaugen, in what used to be known as Christiania. In 1879, the skiers moved to Husebybakken where snow conditions were better. However, the hill proved to be too small, so skis, skiers, and entourage went marginally west to Holmenkollen in 1892. More than 12,000 people attended the event.

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Holmenkollen: the Mecca of skiers

Published on Monday, 21st February, 2011 at 13:44 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

This year’s FIS World Ski Championships at Holmenkollen has origins slightly further east in Oslo.

New Holmenkollen ski jump
New Holmenkollen ski jump
Photo: Egil/Creative Commons


Norway’s first ski jumping competition was in 1866 at Iversløkken, St. Hanshaugen, in what used to be known as Christiania.

In 1879, the skiers moved to Husebybakken where snow conditions were better. However, the hill proved to be too small, so skis, skiers, and entourage went marginally west to Holmenkollen in 1892. More than 12,000 people attended the event.

Ever since, Holmenkollen became ski jumping’s Mecca. The incline may not be as steep as the ancient city’s mosques, but Norwegian skiers do not seem to hold records as holy, as trying to break them time after time.

In the past, Holmenkollen has hosted competitions like the Peace Contest from 1946 and the Winter Olympics from 1952, when an all-time high of 120,000 spectators were present.

This year’s international ski championship will be the fifth for ski-hosting Norway following those of 1930, 1966, 1982, and 1997, and the Scandinavian country is currently ranked first in the Nations Cup standings, competing with its best people.

Names to watch for this year are Marit Bjørgen, leader of the women’s team and competing for the Big Crystal Globe, and Petter Northug, whose performance at last year’s Olympic Games in Vancouver has raised expectations. Therese Johaug, Astrid Uhrenholt and Kristin Steira, are also names to follow.

Organizers expect more than 600 competitors from 60 countries this year, and at least 300,000 spectators.



Published on Monday, 21st February, 2011 at 13:44 under the news category, by Alexandra Spinu.

This post has the following tags: holmenkollenskijump, fisworldskichampionships, oslo, petternorthug, maritbjoergen, theresejohaug, astriduhrenholt, kristinsteira.





  
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