2015 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Engelberg

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.

Supporting Slovenian athletes

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 allowed 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.

Swiss cheering for their ski jumpers

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?

The youngest athlete 16-years old Domen Prevc finished second

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.

Perfect result for Slovenian team

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 podium ceremony

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.

Beautiful Engelberg setting

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.

 

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18 thoughts on “2015 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Engelberg

    • Urska says:

      Thank you! Actually, women were allowed to compete prior to 2014. In 2014, female ski jumping was included in the programme of the Winter Olympic Games for the very first time. But yeah, development of the top level ladies ski jumping competitions was a slow process and is still not on the same level as the men’s. Luckily, it got better in recent years and hopefully the woman’s ski jumping will will have a bright future. 🙂

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    • Urska says:

      Thank you, we were thrilled after such an amazing result. 🙂
      Slovenia has a long tradition of ski jumping and ski jumping facilities can be found in many places, mostly in Gorenjska region. Most of those are not very big, but we have one of the largest ski ramps in the world where many records in ski jumping were set. This best know Slovenian ski jumping facility is in Planica where the final event of the World Cup is traditionally held. Planica is an alpine valley in northwestern Slovenia, extending south from the border village of Rateče, not far from another ski resort, Kranjska Gora (where one of the Alpine Ski World Cup races is held). 🙂

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  1. Manja Mexi Movie says:

    What a good day and place to be a Slovenian. Excellent that you were able to attend and meet him. Planica is waiting? 🙂 Even my amore, who is from Roma, was watching a competition or two on TV right now when we were visiting Slovenia and was quite impressed.

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    • Urska says:

      I agree! I admire those guys and girls. It must take a lot of courage and practice to be able to jump like they do 🙂 It was recently in the news that new nordic centre, you’ve been to, is already completed.

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