"KRANJSKA GORA & PLANICA" Top 5 Page for this destination Kranjska Gora by Nykaenen

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And I was there and saw him do it! How much better can it get?

But ok, let's start from the begining...
Those of you familiar with ski jumping probably know that in the vicinity of Kranjska Gora there's the best-known ski flying hill in the world - Planica.
Those of you who know little or nothing about ski jumping probably wonder what it means to be "the best-known ski flying hill". Every year at least 30.000 people come to watch the finale of the World Cup. At least! This year (2003) there were about 60.000 spectators on Saturday and over 40.000 on Sunday!

Planica history goes back to years before WW2 when Stanko Bloudek came to an idea to construct a hill for distances up to 100 m. Planica valley in the northwest part of Julijan Alps was chosen as the suitable location and in 1934 the normal hill was completed. When Kulm and Oberstdorf built bigger hills, Planica lost the leading status. Brothers Gorisek constructed a new hill which was completed in 1969 and which became known as Velikanka (the Giant). Velikanka lived up to its name and with several enlargements and some adjustments maintained the leading status all these years. Smart brothers Gorisek had designed it in such a way that it can be enlarged as needed and no doubt that Planica will not lose the leading status in the years to come.

Ski jumping is in general a very popular sport, but ski flying in Planica became more than just a sports competition. Planica is national pride for Slovenes and with a good reason:
--> Planica is home to all world records since 1986
--> Planica is home to current world record of 231 m set by Matti Hautamaeki
--> Planica is host to World Ski Flying Championships in February 2004.

  • Last visit to Kranjska Gora: Mar 2003
  • Intro Updated Jan 19, 2004
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  • budapest8's Profile Photo
    Aug 13, 2013 at 9:12 PM

    I tried jumping on my PC so seeing the real deal must be incredible.. visitnorway.com/holmenkollen...

  • akkipaa's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2012 at 1:57 AM

    Yeah, you are right and I have been in Planica also, both summer and winter time :) I "knew" all your facts and now I wonder has this something to do with your nick name, right :) There is all the time ongoing a tv series here telling about our Nykaenen he's 49 now and still jumping. Take care, I love ski jumping!

  • Jim_Eliason's Profile Photo
    Jan 30, 2005 at 10:35 AM

    cool ski jumping page!

  • Gili_S's Profile Photo
    Jan 8, 2005 at 5:02 AM

    CONTINENTAL CUP 1. Anders Bardal NOR 2. Takanobu Okabe JPN 2. Jure Bogataj SLO 4. Rok Urbanc SLO 5. Jon Aaraas NOR 7. Janne Happonen 10. Jussi Hautamäki 13. Lauri Hakola

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Jul 31, 2004 at 2:59 PM

    hmm, why not going for ski-jumping end of July... :-)

  • Tinci's Profile Photo
    Feb 18, 2004 at 3:20 AM

    Your capricorn also looks great ;)))

  • Feb 4, 2004 at 12:32 PM

    Gle! Uspio iz prve!

  • GrantBoone's Profile Photo
    Jan 24, 2004 at 5:04 AM

    Hi again !! Hope you are well.

  • awayhome's Profile Photo
    Jan 18, 2004 at 6:17 AM

    look like you have a good time there! Great page=)))

  • Maggies's Profile Photo
    Dec 27, 2003 at 7:47 AM

    I've become quite a fan of ski jumping and Adam Malysz last years. I'm glad that Polish fans behaved in Planica ;-)


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