Elite ski jumpers do not mind that they will not be able to compete on the mammoth bridge even next season. They consider the absence of flights in the World Cup calendar to be discrimination.
“It's a disappointment. It was decided by people who don't understand it at all,” Maren Lundby from Norway, the winner of the last three years of the World Championships, told Dagbladet.
The top jumpers hoped that they could take part in air races as well as men from next season. The mammoth bridge in Vikersund came into consideration, but even that does not figure in the recently published calendar of the women's World Championships for the next year.
“I heard views from the Stone Age,” said Clas Brede Brathen, a member of the Norwegian ski jumping team, who was also bothered by the absence of flights.
Proponents of this decision argue that although the top 15 to 20 jumpers are ready for the next step, a mammoth bridge would pose a high risk of injury to the rest of the field. Moreover, jumping on big bridges is still not a matter of course for women; a good half of last year's races took place on middle bridges with performances below 100 meters. “We have to increase the share of large bridges in the calendar to at least two-thirds,” said Horst Hüttel, head of the German ski jumping section.
In 2003, the Austrian Daniela Iraschková-Stolzová conquered the two-hundred-meter mark as part of training for the men's SP race during the years in Kulm. The absolute world record holder is her compatriot Stefan Kraft with an output of 253.5 meters from Vikersund 2017.