Holmenkollen – Steeped in History

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Olympic Games, 1952
It started with ski jumps of only a few feet in the middle of old Christiania, which was Oslo’s name back in 1866. To ensure good snow conditions, the jumping was moved further up the hill to Holmenkollen, where the first Holmenkollen ski event took place in January 1892.

Since then, there have been 18 reconstructions, many of which have been extensive. It was for the Winter Olympics in 1952 that the ski jumping hill got the look that is the most similar to that of today. And with the exception of the years during the Second World War, the Holmenkollen ski event has taken place almost every year.

First hill record: 21,5 meters
The Holmenkollen ski jump has been the centre of Norwegian ski sports for over 100 years. The first ski jumping competition at the hill took place on the 31st of January 1892 with 12,000 spectators present. The ski jump was built out of small branches and covered with snow. The longest jump was 21,5 meters. Arne Ustvedt set the first hill record. The King’s Trophy was awarded Svein Sollid from Morgedal in Telemark.