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Google Earth Plug-in: Letalnica ski flying arena

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Letalnica is a ski flying hill located in Planica, Slovenia. It's the biggest jumping hill in the world, sometimes called "the mother of all jumping hills".

If you notice it has a map quirk. The hills arend alligned with eachother.

The first ski jumping hill was constructed before 1930 at the slope of the Ponca mountain. In 1934 Stanko Bloudek constructed a larger hill, sometimes also called the mammoth hill. The first ski jump over 100 metres was achieved here in 1936 by the Austrian Sepp Bradl.

In 1969 a new K-185 hill was constructed by Lado and Janez GoriÜek. Since 1986, when Matti Nykńnen flew 191 metres, new world records have always been set at Planica rather than any other ski jumping hill (e.g. Kulm in Austria, Harrachov in the Czech Republic, Oberstdorf in Germany or Vikersundbakken in Norway).

In 1994, Toni Nieminen of Finland was the first ski jumper in history to jump over 200 metres. The current world record stands at 239 metres, set by Bj°rn Einar Rom°ren of Norway in 2005.

The ski jumping infrastructure is fairly outdated at the moment (ski jumpers must walk uphill for most of their way to the top of a hill). In 2001 the Bloudek's old K-120 hill collapsed and has not been reconstructed yet due to endless bureaucratic troubles. Regardless, the International Ski Federation still allows competitions at the K-185 hill and many are hopeful that Planica will mature into a modern winter sports centre.


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