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Korntalschanze:

K-Point: 34 m
Men Winter Hill record: 34.0 m (Roland Leusenrinck DDR, 1973)
Further jumps: K24, K12
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1971
Status: destroyed
Ski club: BSG Traktor Birkenfeld
Coordinates: 50.406170, 10.748748 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

At Birkenfeld, a small suburb in the south-east of Hildburghausen, the skiers of BSG Traktor promoted the construction of a ski jumping hill in early 1970's. One of the initiators wasRoland Leusenrinck, who became district sports warden and coach of a junior training group in Birkenfeld after his active ski jumping career.
The inauguration of the natural ski jumping hill at Korntal, beside which a pupils' and children's hill were set up, took place in winter 1973. This was at the same time the very fast and last competition on the facility, because further ski jumping competitions on the hills were not approved by GDR authorities. The ski jumps were located inside the 5 km restricted zone of the inner German border between GDR and FRG, and thus a stay or a visit by nonresident persons was only allowed with a special pass.
For the opening competition tremendous efforts had to be made in order to get approvals for foreign participants. After that the sports club had to stop training and competition activities and the ski hills were decommissioned. Training of a talented youngster, who might be good enough for a delegation to the sports schools had, to take place on ski jumping hills located outside the restricted zone. This chapter is an example for the restricted life that the people in and near the protective strip had to live as a consequence of the border protection measures taken by GDR.

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