Interrail Day 4 - ⛷I went Ski Jumping in Oslo 🇳🇴 PART 1


❄️ Dear STEEM-Crew ❄️

You won't believe what I have done in Oslo: I went Ski Jumping. I wasn't specifically afraid of hights but hights in combination with speed... is sort of scary. And believe me. I was really scared! In one moment I thought that I can't do it. But let me start from the beginning:
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We went back to the Holmenkollen. The holy place for ski jumping. The huge construction just reaches up into the sky. It looks like working against all laws of gravity.
This is a picture of the site taken by Andreas Bache-Wiig with a drone. From this perspective, you can understand what I mean. It's a piece of art, this construction.
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I had an excellent coach that day. His name is: Carlo Brömel. He took me to a small ski ramp for practicing. When I told him, that I had never even worn ski before, he was slightly worried.
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These ramps where children are practicing maybe seem small compared to the Holmenkollen. But I'm telling you, they are not! They are steep and scary. I couldn't believe that he would really make me drive down there. Despite the -10°C I was panic-sweating. My mind just told me: Run! Now, as long as you can!
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But Carlo showed no mercy. He even gave me a professional outfit. A real ski jumping suit. I felt a bit like the winter version of Wonder Woman. I was only missing the superpowers.
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Well, Wonder Woman would have probably been able to put on her outfit in a more elegant fashion as well. Carlo adjusted everything... to be honest.... I put it on the wrong way round first. That caused a great deal of laughter. But it's all not so obvious as you might think.
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Another thing I should mention is: This suit is not made to keep you warm at all. It's made for you to fly well. Now I understand why I see the ski jumpers shivering before they fly. It's not for the fear, it's actually for the cold.
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Carlo shows me the correct position. The biggest mistake you can do is put too much weight on your toes. Then you will surely miss the right moment to jump and you won't reach a good position in the air - not like I expected to spend a single second in the air. Just not breaking my knees during the landing... I would consider it a success.
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I imagine I wasn't an easy student for Carlo. However, I knew, I was in good hands. His partner his one of the best female ski jumpers of the country. The sport is in his family and his blood. He found the right words to teach me the basics in a very short time. It was a matter of few hours.
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He started with pushing me up the hill and made me drive down. For a bloody beginner like me, this wasn't all that simple. The ski are very particular. Long and wide. You can't do much with them. All you must do is keep them parallel.
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I was also slightly worried for Alessandro. Sometimes I was driving right towards him and wouldn't have been able to stop. Sometimes, when you're operating a camera, you're judging distances wrong. But luckily I didn't run him over.
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When I look at the pictures right now, it doesn't seem so steep to me. Maybe the perspective is cheating the eye because I was freaking scared. And I went incredibly fast as well. You have barely time to react. I had zero amount of controle over my ski, my legs, my arms. I was just a bullet racing down the hill.
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After numourous attempts I made it down the hill without falling. Well, my legs were still shaking immensly but I stayed -- sort of -- upright.
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That's the moment when Carlo took me to the next level. To the steep ramp from which you must jump down. From my perspective, you can really not see what's coming after the ramp. There is just a void.
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Until today, I still can't believe that I actually jumped. Well, or threw myself down the ramp. Something like that.
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It must have been hillarious to see me sliding and gliding down the ramp. My phase of flying was so short that Alessandro asked me later: Did you even jump?❄️

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But Carlo was an excellent coach. He gave me the feeling of being the next big talent of ski jumping - which I am clearly not. But it felt like a huge success of having overcome my fear in this moment - up there on the ramp.
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Carlo still had an exquisit treat for me after that. I will write about it in my next post about this crazy adventure.
Stay tuned! Be brave!
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Yours,
✨ Elena & Ale ✨

Comments 7


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21.02.2021 10:12
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were you scared?

23.02.2021 21:37
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Yes, she was shivering all over.

26.02.2021 20:58
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