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Gyllinghøj:

K-Point: 26 m
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1943
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Sport Skole Nørreskoven
Coordinates: 55.713100, 9.586100 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

The construction of Jyske sports school at Vejle in 1943 should provide a good future in sports for Danish youth. Initiator of this project was legendary sportsman Sven Aage Thomsen, who promoted the building process of the sports school in early 1940’s with an incredible willpower and energy. It was he, too, who built up the ski jumping hill on Gyllinghøj in Vejle’s city district Nørreskoven and converted the whole area into a winter sports Eldorado, due to scepticism of the citizens in the beginning.
With a total length of 150 m and a height difference of 40 m it was not the largest jumping facility, because other cities later set up ski jumps with larger dimensions, but it was Denmark’s first ski jumping hill and the style it was constructed was called a miniaturized version of Holmenkollen. The engineers Kofoed and Hornsled planned the ski jump together with Sven Aage Thomsen according to Norwegian prototype and the construction work was leaded by Johan Eickhardt. The ski jump was stamped by the Danish ski and orientation association and then could be taken for hosting championships. The wooden inrun tower was frequently used as sightseeing platform in summer times with nice view on the hinterland. Until early 1960’s the hill was used for ski jumping, afterwards it was just dilapidating and today it has been totally recovered by nature it is disappeared. However, the ski jumping hill is part of Vejle’s history and reminds of the numerous initiatives of unforgettable Sven Aage Thomsen.

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