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Data | History | Hill records | Competitions | Map | Comments

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Svalbardkollen:

K-Point: 78 m
Men Longest jump: 80.0 m (Frode Vik Bredesen NOR, 1995)
Men Winter Hill record: 69.0 m (Knut Müller NOR, 1994-04-13)
Year of construction: 1994
Conversions: 1994
Out of operation since: 1995
K78 (1994-1995)K60 (1924-1964)

Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Status: destroyed

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History:

Ski jumping was probably introduced to Svalbard's capital city Longyearbyen in 1920s. In 1924-25, a natural ski jump was set up in the former quarry in Longyeardalen valley between Longyearbyen and Sverdrupbyen. It allowed to jump over 60 metres and some competitions with athletes from both Norway and Soviet Union were held there - the last one around 1964. When a cable car was installed there in 1960s, the ski jump was given up. Though Svalbardkollen was the northernmost located ski jump, its location often had problems with lack of snow.
In 1994 a new Svalbardkollen was built near Huset restaurant. It was also a natural ski jump. On 13th April 1994 it hosted the first ski jumping competition on Svalbard after a 30 years break. Many famous athletes came there to end the 1993/1994 season, among them not only national heroes like Olympic champion Espen Bredesen and Knut Tore Apeland, but also foreign guests from Switzerland (among them Hippolyt Kempf for whom this was one of the last competitions or maybe even the last of his career), Japan and France. The ski jumping part of the nordic combined's Norges Cup was won by Apeland. Also a special ski jumping event with only 2 competitors was held on that day and Espen Bredesen was beaten by Knut Müller who jumped 69 metres in the second run, establishing a hill record.
During summer 1994, Svalbardkollen was even enlarged with a K-Point of 78 meters and should allow jumps over 80 metres. In April 1995 the next competition was planned and athletes (also foreign ones) came to Svalbard once again to compete in a nordic combined Norges Cup event. However, only few test and demonstration jumps could be done - among them 80 metres test jump made by Frode Vik Bredesen day before competition was planned. Unfortunately, the wind was so strong that the competition had to be cancelled and only the cross-country part of the event was held properly. This was the last time Svalbardkollen was used and ski jumping never came back to the island. There were some plans to re-open it in early 2000s, but they were never realized. Furthermore, attempts to built some smaller ski jumps to allow local people to train ski jumping failed.

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