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Neue Bolgenschanze

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Neue Bolgenschanze:

K-Point: 74 m
Men Longest jump: 81.0 m (Sigmund Ruud NOR, 1931-02-24)
Men Winter Hill record: 81.0 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: 1928
Operating until: 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. In 1909, Harald Smith from Norway jumped a world record of 45 meters on the first Bolgenschanze at the Bolgen slope of Davos-Platz.
When the 1930 Academic World Winter Games were to be hosted at Davos, a renewal of the ski jumping hill was obtrusive. However, the ski jumping hill architects Grünenfelder and Straumann planned a new-construction. The new Bolgenschanze was completed in December 1928. During the first test event, E. Maurer from Davos set a record of 57 m. At the Academic Winter Games in 1930, Kielland from Norway won. Shortly after that, Fritz Kaufmann set even jumped over 70 meters on Bolgenschanze during Swiss training competitions. On February 24, 1931, Davos was the site of one of those magic moments of ski jumping. In an international competition, Swiss Fritz Kaufmann won ahead of Norway’s Sigmund Ruud and Jakob Kjelland with distances between 60 and 69 meters. Afterward, the athletes went chasing the world record in non-competitive rounds. Sigmund Ruud landing at a new record world distance of 81 meters!
With its modern profile, the Bolgenschanze attracted a lot of worldwide attention in those days and was highly appreciated by the international jumpers elite. Thus, Davos was the jumping stronghold of Switzerland. During 1930s, usually several high-class competitions were held during each season.
In the late 1950s 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 also the Kurverein did no longer financially support operations and maintenance, the end of this traditional ski jumping hill 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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