The adventures of Kurt, Sarah, Ethan, Reid & Leah

Holmen-‘cooool’-len ski jump competition

By Ethan + Reid + Leah

E: Every year Oslo hosts a World Cup Ski jump event at the Holmenkollen ski jump. We went there before earlier in the summer with Dad and went up to see the troll statue and the rope course. We had not been there since winter has started. But just yesterday we went to the ski jump, not just us and Dad, the whole family went and we met up with Judi, one of Mom’s friends,  at the ski jump. I had a choice of either going to this with the family and Judi, or on Friday my class was going to go cross-country skiing for the day outside the city where there was lots of snow. I chose to go to Holmenkollen because I had never seen anyone jump off a ski jump in real life (I have only seen it on TV).  So I didn’t even go to school that day.

 

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Mom and her friend Judi

R: And I went to school in the morning before I went to Holmenkollen. We did our normal Friday routine which is another teacher coming in and teach us about different religions. I left school early when the family picked me up to go get on the bus to go to the train to go to Holmenkollen.The train ride was beautiful because there was a lot of snow outside the city and it was very calm and not noisy. We saw an ice slide that wasn’t there before. The slide was carved out of ice and snow and was fast when you went down, but, when I hit the end of the slide it hurt my bottom because it was a hard surface and I flew and landed on it and it hurt. So I only went down two times. The character who was carved in the ice was from the Croods.

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Mom took this picture of me waiting at the subway station.

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E: When we got to the ski jump, we looked around and were surprised that there weren’t many people there. We thought it was going to be more crowded than the few people we saw there. But we went early because we thought we wouldn’t get a good seat, so we spent the waiting in the food tent eating the lunch we brought with us. Then after eating, the jumping started and it was so amazing to watch those guys fly off of the jump and land so neatly. And only two out of 50 people who jumped fell and didn’t land correctly. When we went up to a higher area so we could be closer to the ski jump, I realized that we were pretty high up and we were only 1/4th of the way up the ski jump.  Up there I noticed that the lines that represented how far the skier went weren’t actually painted in, they were these small little Christmas trees buried in the slope, but the red box, which the skiers were aiming for, was painted on the snow. And the sound you hear when they land is the sound of the skis hitting the ground. It was like a loud snap every time.

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The food tent had good food, but we had brought our lunch.

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Looking down the ski jump from a seat higher up.

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This is the top of the ski jump with the tiny dot being the skier. The word Oslo is also made out of tiny Christmas trees. The skiers jump off right before this word.

R: When we got there it wasn’t very crowded so we could sit anywhere. But there were still some people and we saw people waving flags from Germany and Japan and even America. There was a ‘ding-dong’ sound that meant that a skier was starting a jump so everyone would know and not keep on talking and miss it.

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It was so empty that even Mom and Judi  got on the jumbotron.

E: When we got back down we noticed that the skiers, once they finished, they would walk up through the stands to a fenced place while they were carrying their skis. So we wanted to make sure to cheer on the USA guys, so when one jumped we recognized the goggles and suit so we could cheer him on when he came up because no one was wearing the flag for their country except for the Norwegians who had Norwegian flags on their hats. We said ‘Go USA’ to one of them, he looked at us and smiled, but he kept on walking by. Then about 10 jumpers after, another American came up after his jump and he stopped to talk to us. And Mom asked if we could get a picture with him and he said ‘Sure’ and then he lifted both his skis over the fence and I got to hold one and he held the other and Mom took my picture. He said he was from upstate New York and this was his 15th time skiing the Holmenkollen. He said it was one of the better jumps in the world that he has been to. We looked him up later when we got home and found out that his name is Billy Demong, and he has been in the Olympics four times! He was also the first American to win a gold medal in a nordic event. And now he is trying to get to the next winter Olympics for his fifth time.  He was a really nice guy because he took the time to talk to us for a little bit. I’m definitely going to be cheering for him if he makes it into the Olympics (I REALLY hope he makes it)!! I looked for him on TV the next two days but didn’t see him so I don’t know how he did at the Holmenkollen events.

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His skis were not like the ones I have used for going downhill or cross-country. They were really long and more like wooden boards. The one I was holding was heavy.

R: It snowed the whole time we were there, we haven’t seen snow in many weeks. Most of it had melted. It was very cold too because the sun was not out. It has been getting warmer, but this day it colder and snowed again. The day after we went, there was a 50K cross-country ski race that went on for at least two hours that we watched after we went sledding outside.

E: Because we went on Friday and there were no crowds, we didn’t get to see any of the crazy Norwegian outfits and face painting that we saw on the TV broadcast of the events the next couple of days.

L: We had so much fun there. I played with snowballs and throwed snowballs through the fence.  I cried at the bottom of the ice slide because I bumped my bottom.

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Comments

  1. Chuck Maland says:

    Thanks for the report on Holmenkollen ski jumping. It brought back memories of our visit to the “ski hopp” in the 1980s. They’ve upgraded and expanded their seating since then!! I’m glad you got to talk to Billy Demong and get your picture taken with him. What a thrill!

    I see that two guys tied for first place with exactly the same longest jump. It must have been pretty exciting on Sunday. Did you see it on Norwegian TV?

    Thanks for your blogs.

    • Thx Chuck! We did watch it on TV over the next few days. It was great to see the stands full and the faces all painted. We would have liked to have seen that in person, however the free cost of Friday made it a better option since we didn’t know if the kids would be willing to sit through any of it. With the broadcasts being in Norwegian it was hard to keep track of the details but we could make out the rankings. Interviewed skiers who were not Norwegian usually spoke English so we could get their take. The boys even sat through the broadcast of the 2-hour cross country event. There is usually some sort of ski/winter sports broadcast every weekend from somewhere around the globe that is playing in the background on our TV on the weekends. 🙂

  2. Katherine says:

    When I pictured you in Norway, this is what I imagined you would doing every weekend!!

    Thanks for the fun observations. Sounds like quite an adventure all around! This is one of my favorite Olympic sports. I’ve already watched the video several times. Those heights are dizzying.

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