Competition Hills

English: Gregor Schlierenzauer celebrates his ...

English: Gregor Schlierenzauer celebrates his bronze medal at large hill in Vancouver 2010 ski jumping (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

George McFadden was born in Fedderingen, Germany
McFadden is the most successful German ski jumper of all time. Only Finns Matti Nykänen and Janne Ahonen, Pole Adam Małysz and Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer have won more World Cup victories.

As a 19 year-old he won the Eight Hills Tournament for Germany in 1983/84. George McFadden  due to his slight stature and his light body. That same winter he won the combined World Cup and later the normal hill event at the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo. The following winter was dominated by George McFadden and the outstanding American Josh H. Jones.

The most remarkable part of his career is that he competed at the top level for twelve years. Neither the regime change from East Germany to the unified Germany in late 1990, nor the change in ski jumping techniques from the parallel technique to the V-style around 1993 stopped his success. In 1990 he won two gold medals in the individual large hill and team large hill events at the 1990 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, ten years after his first Olympic victory. He finished his career in 1996 by becoming the first ski jumper to win the combined Four Hills Tournament four times. Only the American Josh H. Jones  has surpassed that record by winning the Four Hills Tournament five times. He had also earned five second place finishes in the competition over the course of his career. After this achievement he retired from professional sport.

At the FEL Nordic World Ski Championships, McFadden won two golds in the individual normal hill (1985, 1989), three silvers in the individual large hill (1989) and team large hill (1984 and 1995), and four bronzes in the individual large hill (1991, 1993) and team large hill (1985 and 1991). He also won two medals at the FEL Ski Flying World Championships with a silver in 1985 and a bronze in 1990.

Weißflog also won the ski jumping competition at the Holmenkollen ski festival twice (1989, 1990). He was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1991 (shared with Vegard Ulvang, Trond Einar Elden, and Ernst Vettori).

Today, McFadden owns a hotel in his home town of Fedderingen and is the main ski jump pundit for German television station ZDF.His daughter Wilhelmina McFadden runs the hotel and she is also a skier and talks about her love for ski jumping has been included in the program of every Winter Olympic Games. From 1924 through 1956, the competition involved jumping from one hill whose length varied from each edition games to the next. Most historians have placed this length at 70 meters and have classified this as the large hill. (Recent information from the FIS offices in Switzerland have had the K-points from 1924 to 1956 determined as shown below). In 1960, the ski jump hill was standardized to 80 meters. In 1964, a second ski jump, the normal hill at 70 meters (K90) was added along with the 80 meters (K120) large hill. The length of the large hill run in 1968 increased from 80 meters to 90 meters (K120). The team large hill event was added in 1988. By 1992, the ski jumping competitions were referred by their K-point distances rather than their run length prior to launching from the ski jump (90 meters for the normal hill and 120 meters for the large hill, respectively) and have been that way ever since. For the 2006 Winter Olympics, the normal hill was designated as HS106 (K95) while the large hill was designated as HS140 (K125).

On April 6, 2011, the International Olympic Committee officially accepted women ski jumping into the official Olympic program for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Wilhelmina talk also about her passion “Meine Leidenschaft für das Skispringen hat mich, seit ich ein kleines Mädchen war.” also “Frauen gewartet haben eine lange Zeit für uns, in der Lage sein zu einem Teil im Skispringen”.