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Ski jumping in Hampstead Heath 1950


Ski jumping in Hampstead Heath in London, England in March 1950. A 60 ft (18 metre) high scaffold (hill, tower) was set up, and 45 tons of snow and 25 ski jumpers were sent from Norway to England. On Friday 24 March 18 000 spectators attended the ski jumping competition, on Saturday 25 March a total of 52 000 spectators attended the two competitions that day. The longest jump was 93 ft (28.3 metres), by Reidar Andersen. (Information source: The history of ski jumping by Tim Ashburner.)

Nominated by Blue Elf (talk) on 2012-11-02 15:07 (UTC)
Scope Nominated as the most valued set of images on Wikimedia Commons within the scope:
Ski jumping in the United Kingdom
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose due to scope: A one-off artificial ski jump created near London hardly represents the major skiing areas of the United Kingdom, which are in Scotland, as I understand it, nor, from the evidence given, has this ever been repeated at that location. Would support with a more appropriate scope. Adam Cuerden (talk) 01:29, 10 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support I'd say this is not only valueable but also important within this scope due to the very fact that this was a special, unique action in an area where skijumping was/is not very common, as Adam Cuerdens comment shows. I suspect that this action would be in the same category as the PR-campaigns for skiing in the US of A - and here we have a set of photos describing such an event, constructionwise and with the jump and spectators in its context. This is a piece of skijumping history. Noorse (talk) 18:35, 10 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Symbol support vote.svg Support After spending about 15 minutes hunting around, I can find no evidence of any current ski jumping hills in the UK, and in fact, Snowsport England says "There are no facilities in the UK". This well be the most significant ski jump ever in the UK, if not the only ski jump in the UK! cmadler (talk) 13:44, 18 December 2012 (UTC)
    • Only, and most significant? You didn't look very hard, then. Edinburgh. [ Reddish Vale. Adam Cuerden (talk) 15:10, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
      • I stand corrected in that regard. So, there's evidence of three ski jumps in all of the UK, two and possibly all three of which were one-off events on temporary structures, all three of which used snow imported from overseas. In that regard, this set seems as representative of ski jumping in the UK as any other image or image set we are likely to find. Furthermore, these images are undoubtedly the most valuable images on Commons within this scope, as they are the only such images on Commons. Therefore, I still support. cmadler (talk) 15:41, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
        • I suppose I can see your point, although I do wonder whether this is a valid scope, given there's no major tradition of it. If the skiing in Scotland had ski jumps, it'd at least be a notable part of skiing in the UK. If it's only 3 or so events, spaced over a century, then I'd perhaps want to see some Wikipedia articles on such before considering support. Adam Cuerden (talk) 19:37, 21 December 2012 (UTC)
  • Please add an actual existing category for this VISC - Godot13 (talk) 20:50, 8 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Throwing in a temporary Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose, because there's support, although the scope still isn't linked. (talk) 20:21, 12 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Symbol oppose vote.svg Oppose per above until scope is fixed.-Godot13 (talk) 04:25, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
  • Declining promotion. If this is an issue please let me know.-- Godot13 (talk) 02:13, 19 February 2013 (UTC)
Result: 2 support, 3 oppose =>
declined. Godot13 (talk) 02:13, 19 February 2013 (UTC)