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K-Point: 74 m
Men Winter Hill record: 81.5 m (Sigmund Ruud NOR, 1931-02-24)
Total height: 122 m
Inrun angle: 36°
Landing angle: 34°
Further jumps: no
Plastic matting: no
Year of construction: 1908
Conversions: 1929
Year of destruction: 1964
Status: destroyed
Ski club: Ski Club Davos
Coordinates: 46.789303, 9.826044 Google Maps OpenStreetMap

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Already in winter 1901-02 the British brothers Edward and William Richardson introduced skiing at Davos and fascinated especially the younger people. One year later even the "Davos English Ski Club" was founded.
On February 28, 1909 1200 spectators attended the antemeridian official inauguration competition on the first ski jumping hill of Ski Club Davos. Winners were the guest jumpers from Norway with Harald Smith (best jump 45 m) in advance of his brother Trygve Smith who fell at 48 m and of Trygve Myklegaard. In the afternoon the distances were shorter due to a weather change. Individual ski jumps then were shorter than 40 meters and double jumps came up to 36 meters. During times of World War I competitive activities rested, but already in 1919 Thorleif Knudseen (NOR) jumped a new hill record of 48 m which was one of the longest jumps world wide in these days.
When the Academic World Winter Games were hosted at Davos in 1929, a renewing of the ski jumping hill was obtrusive. Then the ski jumping hill architects Grünenfelder and Straumann planned a new-construction, which relived a magic moment of ski jumping on February 24, 1931. In an international competition Swiss Fritz Kaufmann won in front of Norway’s Sigmund Ruud and Jakob Kjelland with distances between 60 and 66 meters. Afterwards the athletes went chasing the world record in non-competitive rounds with Sigmund Ruud landing at 81 meters! So he snatched the former world record of 76 m from his younger brother Birger.
With its modern profile the Bolgenschanze attended a lot of worldwide attention in those days and was assessed very much by the international jumper’s elite, consequently Davos was the jumping stronghold of Switzerland.
In late 1950’s several attempts to establish a ski jump tournament with St. Moritz and Arosa failed unfortunately. When the ski club could not realize the necessary reconstruction of the ski jump due to financial reasons and the cure organisation didn’t no longer financially support operation and maintenance, too, the end of the most traditional ski jumping hill of Middle Europe had come. Today the slope is still used for alpine skiing.

Source: from „Bewegte Geschichte der Bolgenschanze“, Ski Club Davos

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1)   Pilman   wrote on 2012-09-18 at 15:42:

Erste Skisportler

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren
Auch wenn die Gebrüder Richardsson grosse Verdienste im Schweizer Skisport haben, das Skifahren haben sie in Davos nicht eingeführt. Das ist eine längere Geschichte. Wenn verkürzen, dann waren es die Gebrüder Tobias und Johannes Branger, die bereits 1893 eine erste Skitour von Davos nach Arosa unternahmen. Berühmt wurde die Wiederholung dieser Tour ein Jahr später mit Sir Connan Doyle, der sie im "Alpine Journal" publizierte. Das dürfte die Richardson Brüder inspiriert haben.

Freundliche Grüsse aus Davos
Vladimir Pilman

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