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GERGER-SNGroßschönau

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Hofebergschanze:

K-Point: 20 m
Men Winter Hill record: 22.5 m (F. Seidel DDR, 1979)
Tower height: 7 m
Further jumps: K8
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1969
Operating until: 1981
Year of destruction: ca. 1988
Status: destroyed
Coordinates: 50.896020, 14.681100 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

Probably the smallest ski jump in East Saxony, which was approved by the Zittau district committee of the Ski Association of the GDR, was located at Großschönau at Hofeberg (approx. 330 m a.s.l.). In 1969, under the direction of Helmut Linke, the local athletes realized the construction of the ski jumping hill. Linke was also a dedicated trainer and supervisor for the ski jumping children and youngsters. He received support from the sports friends of neighboring BSG Fortschritt Spitzkunnersdorf, who had built a larger hill. Later, a small hill for the youngest was added at Hofeberg, because the traditional Großschönau winter sports festivals attracted young and old to participate in tobogganing, cross-country skiing and jumping.
Interestingly, a cable pull device had been installed on the back of the 7 m high inrun tower. It was used to lift the skis and the baskets filled with snow to cover the inrun. Unfortunately, the large hill could not be used at the 1981 winter sports festival, because it was destroyed in the lower section of the inrun. Despite repair efforts, there were, unfortunately, no further competitions. When there was little snow, the effort of preparing the hill was greater than the benefit. In addition, the number of children interested in ski jumping decreased, and the few “big ones” started their careers or were drafted into the NVA. For some, the better alternative was the nearby ski jumping center in Spitzkunnersdorf, because there you could jump on plastic mattings even in summer. So it came to the demolition of the Hofebergschanze at the end of the 1980s.

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