"Giuseppe Dal Ben" Ski Jumping Arena

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Giuseppe Dal Ben Ski Jumping Arena
Predazzo Ski Jumping Arena
Trampolino Giuseppe dal Ben
LocationPredazzo
Italy Italy
Opened1988
Renovated2001
Size
K–pointK-95
K-120
Hill sizeHS106
HS134
Hill recordGermany Eric Frenzel (138.5 m in 2013)
Austria Christoph Bieler (109.5 m in 2013)
Top events
Olympics2026
World Championships1991, 2003, 2013
World Cup1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2008, 2012, 2019
Grand Prix1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
Universiade2013

The "Giuseppe Dal Ben" Ski Jumping Arena (in Italian: Stadio del salto "Giuseppe Dal Ben") is a ski jumping venue in Predazzo, Val di Fiemme, Trentino, in northern Italy. It is a venue in the FIS Ski jumping World Cup.

Opened in 1989, the venue hosted the ski jumping and nordic combined events of three editions of FIS Nordic World Ski Championships (1991, 2003, 2013), of 2013 Winter Universiade, as well as many events of the Ski jumping World Cup. It will host ski jumping and nordic combined for the 2026 Winter Olympics in Milan and Cortina d'Ampezzo.

History[edit]

In the mid-1930s, a ski jump was built on the Rolle Pass at an altitude of 1984 m above sea level, in the ski area between Predazzo and San Martino di Castrozza. At the time, the ski jump was managed by the local ski clubs of Val di Fiemme (G.S. Fiamme Gialle di Predazzo and U.S. Dolomitica). The Fiamme Gialle ski jump at Rolle Pass was modernised in 1973 and until the end of the 1980s it was approved by the International Ski Federation FIS as a K65 ski jump. Between 1979 and 1987 it also hosted competitions of the Alpen Cup and European Cup. After the construction of the new ski jump K65 in Stalimen in 1984, followed by the other jumps in 1989, the Rolle Pass ski jump was abandoned.[1]

After the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1991 were awarded by the international committee meeting in Istanbul in 1988, the Predazzo jumping stadium was inaugurated in 1989. The cost of the construction of the sports facility, considered avant-garde at the time, was 14.5 billion lire, entirely financed by the Autonomous Province of Trento.[2]

The Predazzo Arena hosted the ski jumping and Nordic combined competitions of the 1991 Nordic World Ski Championships, where Franci Petek was the last athlete to win a medal for Yugoslavia shortly before his country fell to the tragedy of war; in the same competition, Jens Weißflog was the first German athlete to win an individual medal for Germany after the reunification of East and West Germany.

The 2003 Nordic World Ski Championships were subsequently held there and again in 2013, as well as numerous stages of the Nordic Combined World Cup and Ski Jumping World Cup.[3] In 2013 it hosted the competitions of the 2013 Winter Universiade

In 2016, a K10 ski jump was added and the K20 and K30 ski jumps were renovated, all with new plastic covers. After 12 years of neglect, the K60 (HS66), one of the most important trampolines for developing young jumpers towards the K95, was also rebuilt in 2019.[4]

Venue[edit]

The 3,000 metres (9,800 ft) area consists of two main ski jumping hills (HS 134 and HS 106), other training hills (K35 and K62) and facilities for athletes, judges, federations, journalists, media, and spectators. The hills are covered with ceramic material and landing areas are covered with plastic material, guaranteeing the functionality throughout the year also in summer. The lighting system also allows competitions events by night.

The main building hosts also the Organising Committee of the cross-country ski event "Marcialonga", that every January passes through the arena.

The nearby gondola lift complex runs to the slopes of Ski Center Latemar in winter, and in summer to the alpine trails on the mountain Latemar, part of the UNESCO world heritage site of Dolomites.

Details[edit]

The two main trampolines are a HS 136 with point K 120 (long trampoline) and a HS 106 (since 2017 reverted to HS104) with point K 95 (normal trampoline); both official distance records (136 and 107.5 m) belong to polish Adam Małysz, who set them in 2003 (in 2019 Ryōyū Kobayashi equalled the World Cup record of 136 metres). The unofficial record from the long jump, however, was set by german Eric Frenzel at the Nordic World Ski Championships in 2013 (138.5 m), while in 2016 Samuel Costa recorded a jump of 142 m in the Nordic combined.

There are also four school jumps, which can be used both in winter and summer:

  1. K60: HS 66
  2. Stalimen school: HS 35 (point K 33)
  3. Fiamme Gialle: HS 20 (point K 19)
  4. Baby: HS 16 (point K 15)

Long trampoline[edit]

  • Chute length: 115.36 m
  • Maximum chute slope: 30°
  • Minimum slide slope: 10.5°
  • Chute width: 3 m
  • Threshold length: 7 m
  • Landing slope: 34.9°
  • Point K: 120 m
  • Hill size (HS): 136 m

Normal trampoline[edit]

  • Chute length: 92.58 m
  • Maximum chute slope: 30°
  • Minimum chute slope: 10.5°
  • Threshold length: 6.5 m
  • Threshold height: 2.38 m
  • Landing slope: 34.99°
  • K point: 95 m
  • Hill size (HS): 104 m (106 m until 2017)

Main events hosted[edit]

Monument in memory of the 2013 Nordic World Ski Championships

Records[edit]

Large hill[edit]

# Day Year Athlete Result Event
1 10 February 1991 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Franci Petek 125.0 m FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1991
2 21 December 2001 Poland Adam Małysz 131.0 m 2001–02 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
3 21 December 2001 Switzerland Simon Ammann 131.0 m 2001–02 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
4 22 December 2001 Switzerland Simon Ammann 131.5 m 2001–02 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
5 22 December 2001 Poland Adam Małysz 132.0 m 2001–02 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
6 22 December 2001 Poland Adam Małysz 132.5 m 2001–02 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
7 22 February 2003 Finland Matti Hautamäki 134.0 m FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2003
8 22 February 2003 Poland Adam Małysz 136.0 m FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2003
9 9 January 2009 Austria Bernhard Gruber 137.5 m 2008–09 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup
10 22 February 2013 Germany Eric Frenzel 138.5 m FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2013

Normal hill[edit]

# Day Year Athlete Result Event Notes
1 16 February 1991 Austria Heinz Kuttin 95.0 m FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 1991 longest jump before the new rules
2 23 February 2003 Poland Adam Małysz 107.5 m FIS Nordic World Ski Championships 2003
3 17 August 2005 Austria Mario Innauer 108.0 m FIS Cup set in summer, not official
4 18 September 2005 Austria Mario Innauer 109.5 m FIS Cup set in summer, not official
5 15 January 2012 United States Sarah Hendrickson 108.0 m 2011–12 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup woman world record
6 21 February 2013 Austria Christoph Bieler 109.5 m 2012–13 FIS Nordic Combined World Cup

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Passo Rolle".
  2. ^ Tito Giovannini (December 1990 – January 1991). "Saluto del segretario generale". Fiemme91 News: 5.
  3. ^ "Scheda Skisprungschanzen.com".
  4. ^ "From Olympic to junior ski jumps: Construction works in full swing". Ski Jumping Hill Archive. 12 August 2009.

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 46°19′48″N 11°36′21″E / 46.3299°N 11.6057°E / 46.3299; 11.6057