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CeramTec provides inrun track model of Olympic ski jump in Sochi for exhibition

ALOSLIDE® at German Sports and
Olympics Museum

Lohmar, 2014-01-15

Dieter Effenberger (left) and Eduard Kropp (right), both from CeramTec-ETEC,
present the ALOSLIDE® inrun track model to museum director Dr. Andreas Höfer

The German Sports and Olympics Museum in Cologne has received an ALOSLIDE® ceramic inrun track to present as part of its permanent exhibit. The inrun track system for ski jumps developed by CeramTec is made of ceramic nubs and features an irrigation and cooling system. This makes it possible to organize ski jump events year round under virtually identical conditions, regardless of the weather.

In the summer, the ceramic track requires light irrigation. Then it demonstrates the same sliding properties as ice tracks in winter operation. This happens when the track cools down significantly, due solely to the humidity. The ski jumps are equipped with an ice cutter and brush system to regulate the thickness of the ice track. The model CeramTec presented to the German Sports and Olympics Museum shows a full-scale ALOSLIDE® component of the inrun track used in the Olympic ski jumps in Sochi.

The 2014 Olympic Games will take place at the “RusSki Gorki” Jumping Center in Sochi. The standard and large jump are equipped with ALOSLIDE® technology. The installation on the large jump took close to three weeks, despite extreme weather conditions with temperatures of minus 13 degrees Celsius (nine degrees Fahrenheit) and heavy snowfall. Technicians had to “manually” transport some 2,200 liters of water for the cooling system from the valley station to the jump because the infrastructure had not yet been completed.

The German Sports and Olympics Museum gives visitors impressive insight into nearly 3,000 years of sports history from ancient times to the present – allowing them to experience unforgettable highlights, great athletes, triumphant victories and bitter defeats. The museum is operated by the German Sports and Olympics Museum Foundation and is primarily financed through admission fees, rentals/events and donations. Major donors include the state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the German Olympic Sports Confederation.