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Bördeschanze:

K-Point: 20 m
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: yes
Year of construction: 1958
Conversions: 1963
Year of destruction: 1972
Status: destroyed
Ski club: SG 48 Welsleben
Coordinates: 52.001593, 11.630990 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

The Börde landscape south of Magdeburg is completely flat and therefore seemingly unsuitable for ski jumping. However, in 1953 a winter sports group was formed in Welsleben, which began building a ski jumping hill in autumn 1956. The initiators were Wilhelm Schröder, the innkeeper of the Lindenhof who was responsible for the construction, and Otto Reinsdorf, who took over the technical planning. The numerous volunteers from SG 48 Welsleben moved a total of approx. 5000 cubic meters of soil. After one and a half years of construction time, the ski jump at the foot of the Mühlberg, as well as a downhill and toboggan slope, could be completed.
Due to lack of snow, Börde-Schanze could only be inaugurated on January 19, 1959, which also attracted the interest of the national press of the GDR. In 1960, a night competition was held on the 20-meter hill, in which even the Olympians Harry Glaß and Werner Lesser took part. In the summer of 1963, even the covering of the ski jump with plastic mattings was organized in order to be independent of the snow conditions. The first competition on mats took place on February 1st, 1964.
The people of Welsleben were very proud of their ski jump and held numerous championships, school, carnival, and Easter competitions there in the 1960s. However, on November 13, 1972, Börde-Schanze was destroyed by a violent storm with wind force 12. Afterward, the tower was not rebuilt. Today a miniature replica made by metalworker Norbert Stöhr serves as a reminder of the unusual ski jumping history of Welsleben at Bördeland.

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