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A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the ALOSLIDE® ICE Ceramic Track System

CeramTec at the Opening of the Four Hills Tournament in Oberstdorf

Plochingen, 2017-01-17


CeramTec is quite often literally a part of the action, and this is plain to see with ski jumping competitions around the globe—after all, many ski jumps worldwide are outfitted with the ALOSLIDE® ICE inrun track system made from CeramTec ceramic nubs. At the opening jump of this year's Four Hills Tournament in Oberstdorf, CeramTec was right in the thick of things, with over 60 ski-jumping fans from their own ranks following the action live and in person.

Employees who traveled to Oberstdorf from all German CeramTec locations were offered the opportunity to catch a glimpse behind the scenes. In addition to visiting the athletes' camp, they also toured the ski jump itself. The view from the top made some dizzy, and their admiration for the courage of the jumpers, who plummet into the depths on their skis, grew even more. Rightly so, as with a total ski jump height of 140 meters, a tower height of 45 meters, and an inrun length of 105.5 meters, jumpers reach a take-off speed of over 90 km/h on the 3.38 meter high take-off table.

Fireworks at the end of the opening jump in Oberstdorf

That afternoon, the 27,000 spectators in the sold-out Erdinger Arena watched an exciting competition, which ended up going to Austrian Stefan Kraft. Against a setting of a diverse public from around the world, jumpers were accompanied with a loud "Ziiiiiiieeeeeh," which means "pull" in Germany. The day culminated in impressive fireworks before fans celebrated the end to the opening of the Four Hills Tournament in town. In the following days, the group of jumpers and fans continued on to the three following competitions in the Four Hills Tournament and thus gave Garmisch-Patenkirchen, Innsbruck and Bischofshofen an unforgettable athletic experience. Ultimately, Kamil Stoch of Poland was able to defeat fellow countryman Piotr Zyla and Norwegian Daniel Andre Tande.

ALOSLIDE® ICE, the ceramic inrun track system for jumps regardless of weather conditions

ALOSLIDE® ICE inrun tracks, manufactured at the CeramTec Lohmar location, are, among other places, also used on Olympic jumping hills in Sochi and Turin, on the Olympic jumping hills in Pyeongchang, South Korea (2018 Winter Olympics), the jumping hills in Hakuba, Japan and Almaty, Kazakhstan, and also on many German jumping hills, including Klingenthal, Oberhof, and Oberstdorf. The inrun track systems ALOSLIDE® and ALOSLIDE® ICE—which also feature an automatic irrigation and cooling system—are embedded with a special arrangement of ceramic nubs upon which jumpers slide down the hill. The ceramic nubs have the same sliding properties as snow and make ski jumping events possible all year long. ALOSLIDE® systems are approved and certified by the FIS.