Harald Smith

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Harald Smith (born June 29, 1879 – May 1977) was a Norwegian Nordic skier who won the Holmenkollen medal in 1904.[1]

Smith was born in Østre Aker, a borough of the city of Oslo. After 1905 he moved to Sauze d'Oulx, Italy, and competed in the Italian Alps.[2] In 1908, together with the Italian ski jumper Paolo Kind, Smith designed the first ski jumping hill of Italy in Bardonecchia, which was finished in 1909, and where he held a record of 43 metres. The hill was named Trampolino Campo Smith in honor of his success.[3] He also kept the record of 45 metres on the Bolgenschanze in Davos (1909).[4]

Smith died in Bad Ragaz. His brother Trygve was also a notable ski jumper of his time.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Holmenkollen medalists - click Holmenkollmedaljen for downloadable pdf file (Norwegian)
  2. ^ Two Planks and a Passion: The Dramatic History of Skiing, p. 247.
  3. ^ Bardonecchia (Italian)
  4. ^ Roland Huntford: Weltrekordentwicklung Skispringen/Skifliegen (German)