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Ski Jumping FIS Ski Flying World Championships 2020


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2 hours ago, justony said:

And now soap opera continues. Head coach Bertoncelj is out as well, assistant coach Hrgota will take his place till the end of WCH. 

 

Unbelievable. :wall:

Lol, some people either have tiny balls there or just outright hate each other and that's finally coming out :lol: 

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Ski jumping basically cycles around the same names over and over again. Zajc is 20 yo and that's like the future of Slovenian ski jumping. If they kick him out and have to rely on Peter Prevc who is on a down spiral then it means there is no real choice. Ski jumping basically has 8-9 nations competing, if such a power house like Slovenia has issues it speaks volumes how irrelevant ski jumping really is these days.

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17 minutes ago, Monzanator said:

Ski jumping basically cycles around the same names over and over again. Zajc is 20 yo and that's like the future of Slovenian ski jumping. If they kick him out and have to rely on Peter Prevc who is on a down spiral then it means there is no real choice. Ski jumping basically has 8-9 nations competing, if such a power house like Slovenia has issues it speaks volumes how irrelevant ski jumping really is these days.

Ah, there is the expected dose of cynicism I was waiting for before enjoying the world championships. Took you long enough.

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26 minutes ago, heywoodu said:

Ah, there is the expected dose of cynicism I was waiting for before enjoying the world championships. Took you long enough.

I'm shocked someone from Netherlands even pays attention to ski jumping. I've watched this sport on & off since Toni Nieminen's flash in the pan. There was a time when Finland had the most Olympic medals in ski jumping and now they're completely irrelevant. It's like Netherlands suddenly struggling to get a Top 10 in speed skating. This is how far ski jumping has regressed. Most winter sports actually begins to attract some "new" nations, in ski jumping the former power houses are going belly up and the whole sport goes backwards. Finland relegated to third tier, Czech Republic to second tier, France and Sweden don't bother to enter jumpers anymore. Canada is like a one-man team (no offense to Soukup) and USA is somehow staying afloat with bunch of no-names. It's been over 15 years since Alan Alborn was doing the one-man US show Boyd-Clowes now does for Canada :roflmao:

 

Enough cynicism for you or do you want MORE? :p

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23 minutes ago, Monzanator said:

I'm shocked someone from Netherlands even pays attention to ski jumping. I've watched this sport on & off since Toni Nieminen's flash in the pan. There was a time when Finland had the most Olympic medals in ski jumping and now they're completely irrelevant. It's like Netherlands suddenly struggling to get a Top 10 in speed skating. This is how far ski jumping has regressed. Most winter sports actually begins to attract some "new" nations, in ski jumping the former power houses are going belly up and the whole sport goes backwards. Finland relegated to third tier, Czech Republic to second tier, France and Sweden don't bother to enter jumpers anymore. Canada is like a one-man team (no offense to Soukup) and USA is somehow staying afloat with bunch of no-names. It's been over 15 years since Alan Alborn was doing the one-man US show Boyd-Clowes now does for Canada :roflmao:

 

Enough cynicism for you or do you want MORE? :p

Think this is true of lots of sports now.  The modern model for funding Olympic Sports is that money follows medals.  So Finnish money, for example, now goes to freestyle, Swedish money goes to CC & Biathlon, Latvian money goes to Bob/Skeleton/Luge etc etc, and so lots of traditional historic sports just get left with only 9-10 nations seriously competing.

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1 hour ago, Grassmarket said:

Think this is true of lots of sports now.  The modern model for funding Olympic Sports is that money follows medals.  So Finnish money, for example, now goes to freestyle, Swedish money goes to CC & Biathlon, Latvian money goes to Bob/Skeleton/Luge etc etc, and so lots of traditional historic sports just get left with only 9-10 nations seriously competing.

Luge/bobsleigh/skeleton is a low-hanging fruit. Build an ice track and suddenly you can become a force as evident by Latvians and Sigulda.

 

Ski jumping is a low-hanging fruit too but Finland has like several ski jumping hills and they've completely gone off the boil. Czech Republic has Liberec and the Harrachov zombie and they barely hang on.

 

USA were a power house in nordic combined not that long ago and God know what happened to Steamboat Springs that used to be the North American staple. Canada demolished the hills in Thunder Bay, Calgary is done too. They simply don't care about ski jumping anymore, they have more interest in moguls where they continue to be a power house for almost 30 years. It's sure a lot easier to build a moguls track than maintain a ski jumping complex :p

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