Historical of the ski jump of Courchevel:
Today, Courchevel is a famous ski resort for ski jumping, thanks to many young athletes and its Olympic stadium. Nevertheless, the story of this discipline is closely linked with Courchevels story.
The first ski jumping hill of Courchevel was built in the 40s, on the current site of the K120
Jean Blanc, Jean Sullice and Rgis Chevallier pioneered the discipline.
Emile Allais managed the ski resort from 1955, and developed Alpine skiing, and of course ski jumping, with the construction of a ski jumping hill in Courchevel 1850. The ski instructors and the members of the ski patrol were training there, among them were Rgis Charlet and Georges Couttet.
Jean Chalon, trainer of the sports club of Courchevel, was aware of the physical and psychological qualities of the discipline, introduced it into the training programs of the young alpine skiers. Fred Wurth, manager of the ski jumping event in the Olympic games in Grenoble in 1968, and technical advisor of ski jumping, was interested by Courchevel and has a ski jump of 50 meters built in 1970, in Courchevel 1850.
The ski jumping become a real instrument of training for the ski jumpers of Courchevel. Alpine skiers like Claude Perrot, Patrice Antonioli, Patrick Lamotte, Georges Baetz, the Couttet brothers, Perrier, Chardon and many other distinguished themselves.
From 1975, Dennis Chardon, Pascal Malec, Philippe chevalier, the Brche brothers, Thierry Sauvanet, Florian Trves, specific jumpers, consolidate the supremacy of Courchevel in this discipline.
A new generation appear with Regis Bajard, the Delaup brothers and Christian Hofflink.
During the Olympic game of Albertville in 1992, Fabrice Guy and Sylvain Guillaume made exploits on the ski jump of 120 meters, and Steeve Delaup finish 6th.
Moreover, a ski jumping hill of 25 meters was built in Courchevel 1850, mainly for the sports club and the ski school, all the year long. It was used for the training of the children.
The Construction of a ski jumping hill of 25 meters will be finish before the end of the year, next to the current ski jump of Le Praz, in order to propose an progressive training. Moreover, the snow factory is now ready, for better snow conditions during winter
Historical of the discipline.
The ski jumping is totally a Norwegian sport.
It was developped in Norway, in the county of Telemark. According to the Norwegian story, ski jumping was already practiced in 1800. The inhabitants of Telemark were the founders of the style. Quickly, the discipline spread in all the country.
The average length of the jumps was about 15 to 20 meters before 1880, about 23 meters in 1890, and about 30 meters at the beginning of the 20th century.
The Progress in length is not only due to the jumpers, but also to the ski jumps.
In France, the first international competition of ski took place in 1907 in Mont-Genvre-Brianon, due to the high total amount of hotel accommodation in this area. The both event jumps and cross country skiing-, attracted more than 5000 people.
The 1st March 1936, Biger Ruud (Norway) jumped more than 100 meters, followed by Bradl (Austria) the 6th March 1936 -101 meters-.
In 1995, the Finnish Tonny Nieminen was the first to crossed 200 meters, then in 1997, the Norwegian Lasse Ottessen realized a jump of 212 meter in Planica, in Slovenia. On the same ski jump, in March 2000 the Austrian Andras Goldberger made a jump of 225 meters. (The same year, Nicolas Dessum shattered the French record: 203 meters).
So, years after years, the search allow to evolve the kit of the jumpers, the gliding and the structure of the skis.
The different techniques force to change the profile of the ski jump (fewer slope). Nevertheless, a strict regulation of all the parameters curb an excessively evolution.