A former world record holder and a 4-Hills-Tournament winner are announcing right at the hill, four cameras provide the right shots, the King's Guards are performing during the opening ceremony and the outrun and the exit gate looks just like it does when the stars are jumping, just a little bit smaller. It's the greatest day in sports yet for the very young athletes in the arena of Vikersund.
Before Kamil Stoch, Robert Johansson, Andreas Wellinger, and all the others are fighting for the win on the HS 240 hill in Vikersund this afternoon, the youngsters are competing in the Mini Raw Air. This event is held for the second time on the final day of the RAW AIR on the grounds of the huge Ski Jumping facility in Vikersund.
Former 4-Hills tournament winner Anders Jacobsen and former world record holder Johan Remen Evensen are analyzing the jumps of 2.5 m, 10 m or 18 m directly.
The interest is huge and the enthusiasm and nervousness of the young competitors are perceptible. The entire Norwegian national team came to watch the young guys jump on the K 10 and K 20 hills, Norway's head coach Alexander Stoeckl personally gave the starting signal. 77 jumpers were participating, most of them from Norway, but also young ski jumpers from clubs in Slovenia and the Czech Republic.
A fantastic concept of the Norwegian Ski Association with a great future for the young jumpers and the Association: The Mini Raw AIR