ski-jumping, the heel is left loose, as for
cross-country skiing, the boot being firmly
attached at the front.
are longer and heavier than for downhill skiing
and have three grooves underneath.
RULES AND REGULATIONS
RECORDS SET IN THS GAME
Nykanen, born in Finland in 1963, set new levels
in ski – jumping. In 1984 he won Olympic
silver for the 70 metres and then won gold in
the 90-metre event. In 1988 he won three gold
medals: a team event had been added.
the oddest achievements in cross – country
skiing was undertaken by the Briton Sir Alfred
Lunn in 1958. Aged 70, he skied down Mont Blanc
in the Alps. Apart from his age, two other
points made Sir Arnold’s feat remarkable:
he had already achieved fame by inventing slalom
skiing and second, he accomplished the challenge
even though, as a result of a climbing accident
when aged 21, one of his legs was 2 inches
shorter than the other.
place of cross – country skiing in history
was assured as long ago as 1521. The Swede
Gustav Vasa, fleeing from Mora, Norway, to
Salen, Sweden, was overtaken by scouts on skis,
who persuaded him to return to Mora to lead a
rebellion. His agreement led to his being
crowned King of Sweden. The Vasaloppet
cross-country ski race, the longest in the
world, commemorates this event.