Ski jumping competitions are so much more than just sports events. The crowd that gathers at the foot of the hill is usually as interesting to watch as the competitions themselves.
I've noticed this special Swiss gang for the first time in Bischofshofen in 2002. They were making their way towards the Sepp Bradl stadium in a very peculiar way. First there came a guy who was asking people to move aside so to clear the passage for the group that followed. Then came a man with the Swiss flag on a pole. He was followed by guys with those huge cow bells. They were walking in twos and kept pace both in walking and tolling their bells. It was quite an impressive scene.
Later on, during the competition, they would toll their bells each time there was a Swiss jumper at the start gate.
This sweet kid is only 13. He was one of the test jumpers at the 2003 competition. He had a different idea of what a test jumper should do so he performed a double-jump. That's when you land immediately aftet the take off and then bounce and fly again to some longer distances.
I haven't seen anything like that before.
Most people have never seen it before.
The audience went mad.
Thomas was radiant as if he won the competition.
As you can see from the photo, he used his moment of glory very wisely - he posed and posed before the accredited photographers and people of the press.
Everybody knows his name now. Thomas is a star.
Well done Thomas!
With a little help from me lol, Riba (VT ribafish) decided that Bischofshofen competition and party atmosphere would make an excellent story for Klik readers. Klik, for those who don't know it, is a magazine for young, restelss, weird & open-minded Croats :-))
Riba is a man with a vision! Part of his vision was to be veeery nice to Seni and me so he could stay in our room. We felt pitty for the poor young perspective reporter and decided to help him in exchange for help with press accreditation. In the end Klik was probably the most represented magazine there :-)))
My carnivore friend ate ONLY 20 sausages at the press center and was getting worried about his next meal. Strolling down the main street, we saw this signboard. His face became one big smile. We had to take a picture.
But no, this is not what I recommend unless you're a sweatty drunk representative of a male population who sings out of tune and dances like a bear. Then it makes no difference and you just go ahead and stuff yourself with more fat greasy sausages.
You'll find several restaurants in and around the main street, can't recommend any in particular since none of them struck me as something special. Just regular restaurants.
Nothing special except for the fact that the "older" crowd hangs out there.
Older = coaches, team officials, physiotherapists, ex-jumpers, press, some astray groupie girls looking for jumpers (but they leave very soon), Seni, Zdenka, Riba...
Lozi's is popular also because there are no other places to go out. Sad but true.
Ok, there's some dump a few meters down the street where most jumpers and groupie girls get wasted. Trust me, you don't want to see that. I'm not talking about the place itself...
In winter there can be quite a lot of snow + temperatures drop below zero so you can't go wrong bringing along all the warmest things from your wardrobe. For those of you who also plan to see the ski jumping competition, it would be wise to find a piece of styrofoam to stand on. Keeps your feet much warmer than just shoes. Also, a flag or similar 'equippment' to better blend in with the crowd (and Austrians really know how to make a great atmosphere!!!).
Miscellaneous: If you're coming to my B-day party, here's a little hint at the present: chocholate, preferably with hazelnuts :) The bigger the better!!!
Besides the world cup competition (4 Hills Tournament), Bischofshofen also hosts continental cup events. In year 2003, they will take place Jan 3-4 (just before 4 hills).