In Norway, this February is all about ski jumping and ski flying. Not only is the Nordic Skiing World Championship coming up at the end of the month (more on that in a later post), but Vikersund ski jump opened officially today, and will host the Trial World Championships 11 – 13 February.
Vikersund is now the world’s biggest ski flying hill and the inaugural jump took place 2 hours ago. The honour of being first jumper in the new hill was a well-kept secret until the event. Now, as the ski flying enthusiasts among you probably already know, the lucky jumper was Vegard Swensen, landing at 162 metres. The new hill is expected to see some major world records, touching 250 metres.
Photo of Vegard Swensen by Skiforbundet/flickr’s Creative Commons