In December I attended International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Jumping World Cup in Engelberg, a mountain village in Central Switzerland, with my husband, brother and friends. It was not my first time attending the ski jumping, but was definitely the best one up to date.
First of all a short explanation of ski jumping for all of you, who are not familiar with this sport: ski jumping is a sport in which athletes descent a from a specially constructed take-off ramp, jump and and attempt to fly as far as possible down the hill below. Male version of this sport has been a part of the Winter Olympic since the very first games in 1924, while females were included to compete at the 2014 Olympics for the first time.
Engelberg hosts Ski Jumping World Cup event every year on its ski jumping venue Gross-Titlis. This ski jump named after the local Titlis mountain, is the biggest ski jumping facility in Switzerland.
I must admit I’m a big fan of ski jumping. I’m following this sport since I remember. Attending the Engelberg Ski Jumping event in person was an amazing experience. I highly enjoyed observing world’s best ski jumpers competing in a beautiful setting of Engelberg on a warm winter day in a great company. A great day that ended perfectly. We witnessed the historical result of Slovenian athletes. Brothers Peter and Domen Prevc finished first and the second and acieved first-ever victory of brothers in the FIS Ski Jumping World cup. How amazing is that?
To top up, this amazing result, the athlete who finished as the third was one of my favourite athletes in the ski jumping competition: 43-years old Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai. Result-wise, we couldn’t chose better event.
My highlight of the day was not the result, but me meeting the winner Peter Prevc and the head coach of Slovenian team Goran Janus. Both of them walked the fan area and were very kind when my brother and I approached them and talked to them.
The event was well organised, as it is common at sports events in Switzerland. There were some fun activities entertaining visitors during the breaks, and there was a large tent where we warmed ourselves with mulled wine and filled our bellies with some food.
All in all, the International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Jumping World Cup in Engelberg was great experience. I’m already looking forward to attend it again in next season.