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ISLÓlafsfjörður

Kleifarhorn

Data | History | Hill records | Map | Comments

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Kleifarhorn:

K-Point: 50 m
Men Longest jump: 53.0 m (Jónas Ásgeirsson ISL, 1956)
Men Winter Hill record: 52.0 m (Ólafur Björnsson ISL, 1992)
Further jumps: K30
Plastic matting: no
Status: destroyed
Coordinates: 66.080044, -18.670693 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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History:

Ólafsfjörður is one of the few places in Iceland where ski jumping has developed over the decades.
It is known that in the 1933/1934 season, the Norwegian Helge Torvö led ski courses on the slope called Kleifarhorn. He became famous for his impressive jumps on the local 40-meter hill, but he taught others to jump on the smaller one. The bigger hill was later called Torvöbrekka in his honor.
In 1956 the newspaper "Alþýðublaðið" reported that the 1948 Olympian and multiple Icelandic ski jumping champion Jónas Ásgeirsson had jumped 53 meters at Ólafsfjörður during ski courses he was teaching for local youth.
Even though the hill there allowed for practically some of the longest jumps in the country (comparable to those achieved in Siglufjörður and Akureyri), no Iceland Championships were held there until 1992. Then the winner - Ólafur Björnsson - showed a great jump on 52 meters.
At the beginning of the 21st century, ski jumping lost its popularity in Iceland and the old hill at Kleifarhorn was forgotten.

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