Four Hills Tournament -- Ski Jumping
Hills Tournament also known by the German name of Vierschanzentournee
is a premiere ski jumping event in Europe. Although most Americans
think only of the Winter Olympic Games when the sport of ski
jumping is concerned, the Four Hills Tournament is one of
the most watched ski television broadcasts in Europe. The
ski event is a staple of the New Year's celebration in many
countries as it traditionally takes place between December
30th and January 6th of each year.
Hills Tournament's rich history and generous cash prizes attract
the best ski jumpers from all over the world. The tournament
also draws huge amounts of spectators. It is not uncommon
for the tickets to sell out months in advance of the showdown
of the world's top ski "fliers."
kicks of at Oberstdorf, Germany on December 30th. It moves
over to the renowned ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on
January 1st. The next stop is in Austria at Innsbruck on January
4th. The finale takes place at Bischofshofen in Austria on
at each of the four stages of the ski jumping tournament is
one or the most coveted achievements in the ski jumping circuit.
Several athletes have come close to this goal by winning three
of the hills but always failing the capture one final victory.
During the 50th Four Hills Tournament in 2001/2002 German
Sven Hannawald was the first ski jumper to win all four hills
and set the new record to 139 meters at Bischofshofen.