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Regenberg

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Schanze am Schwarzen Hügel (Regenbergschanze):

K-Point: 20 m
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: yes
Conversions: 1954
Status: destroyed
Ski club: SC Motor Zella-Mehlis
Coordinates: 50.656308, 10.645925 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

Zella-Mehlis became stronghold of ski jumping in the GDR after World War II. SC Motor Zella-Mehlis was the home club of German ski jumping legends such as Helmut Recknagel, Horst Queck, Rainer Schmidt and Peter Lesser, and also of the former German national coach Reinhard Heß. Main driver behind the development of ski jumping in Zella-Mehlis was Hans Renner, who was also GDR national coach from 1954 until his demise in 1970.
At that time, Regenbergschanze at Schwarzer Hügel, situated above Zella-Mehlis, was a 20 meter training hill. Hans Renner installed and tested there the very first plastic mattings of ski jumping history! After first attempts on plane mats that were watered had failed due to the still to high friction, Renner decided to cut the mats into small stripes, introducing the characteristic plastic tufts that are still used today. Renner initially had idea the idea of using watered plastic mats when slipping on the wet doormat in front of his house! The first test jump on 23 meters was carried out by Harald Pfeffer on August 25, 1954 under strict exclusion of the public. After final tests on October 31, the invention that deeply influence ski jumping was presented to the public on November 21, 1954, with the first summer competition on plastic mattings on the Thüringenschanze at Wadeberg in Oberhof.
In 1988 a memorial stone for Hans Renner was set up at the former location of Regenbergschanze, which had been long gone. For the 100th birthday on Renner, who passed away already in 1970, the ski jump was reconstructed for a festive celebration in August 2019, partially with original mattings from the 1950s. SC Motor Zella-Mehlis is still very actively training young ski jumpers and has been operating the Hans Renner ski jumps at Stachelsrain since 1976.

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