Historic Ski Jump Comes Tumbling Down

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

An olympic ski jumping hill, built for the 1936 Winter Olympics was demolished in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria on Saturday.

Hundreds of people, including traditional bavarian musicians, gathered to see the ski jump crumble, cheering when it fell to the ground.

"I live more in the future and therefore I'm looking forward to more of the new ski jumps and I do not feel melancholy because of the demolition of the old one," Dieter Thoma, a former German ski jumper, said.

A new hill will be built in time for the most prestigious ski jumping event on the World Cup circuit; the Four-Hill Tour in 2008.

Traditionally, the southern German Alpine resort of Garmisch hosts the third leg, always staged on 1st January.

Construction on the new hill will start next week.


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