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Ski Column

Eastern Amateur Jumping Will Be Held With or Without Snow; Many Entries


With many foreign stars as well as leading jumpers of this country already entered. The ski jumping championships of the United States Eastern Amateur Ski Association at Laconia, New Hampshire on Sunday, February 28, will be an international event.

Some of the famous entrants already include: Harald Sorenson, of Norfolk, Connectient, 1934 second place winner of the U. S. Eastern Jumping Championship and a representative of the Norfolk Winter Sports Association. Sigmund Rudd, who with his brother, are considered to be the outstanding skiers of Norway. Rolf Monsen of Lake Placid, New York, who is a former U. S. Olympic team member. Selden Hannah of the Montreal Red Birds, who was the 1936 Canadian combined champion. Sverre Kolterud, who is in the United States as a representative of the Norwegian Ski Association and whose entry was received through the Royal Norwegian Counsul General.

Old Man Winter may find himself outwitted, even if he holds back all snow, for the entries are coming in so well that the U.S.E.A.S.A. announces that it is making tentative plans to hold the meet anyhow, using shaved ice for the slope of the runway and the hillside. Park Carpenter, second vice-president of the Association, who is in Laconia making final arrangements for the championships, is still praying for snow. But if this fails to materialize, winter sport fans may witness the unique spectacle of an otherwise bare hillside bisected by a glittering, steep ribbon of snow, with a run-off field, snow-blanketed at its base. The process will be the same employed at the Boston and New York indoor winter sport shows, only on a much bigger scale. The artificial ice-manufacture and its sprinkling over the big 60-meter jump, if it becomes necessary, will be setting a new mark in sporting annuals and the sight in itself will draw a host of spectators.

The Boston and Maine Railroad is going ahead with plans for special trains leaving Boston early Sunday morning and returning early in the evening. The run will take about two hours and 40 minutes and the round trip fare will be $2.25. Additional transportation by bus will be available between the Laconia station and Rowe Mountain, where the jump is situated. A large part of the crowd is expected to make the trek by motor cars, for 2000 of which there is parking space at the Recreational Center.

A cross country championship ski race under the same auspices is scheduled for 1 o'clock on Saturday, February 27. If snow conditions are poor, this event will have to be cancelled regardless of whether artificial snow is used for the jumping on the following afternoon.

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