Because of the chronic lack of snow in the Julian Alps, Yugoslavia, this winter the Polda Cup International Ski-Jumping Competition was postponed at the beginning of this year.
GV PAN FROM Mountain to Ski Jump with spectators watching. (3 shots)
SV PAN No. 26 jumps.
SV PAN No. 31 jumps.
CU AND SV Spectator watches as No. 21 jumps. (2 shots)
SV AND CU Spectator watches as No. 37 jumps. (3 shots)
Initials VS 20.15 VS 20.25
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Background: Because of the chronic lack of snow in the Julian Alps, Yugoslavia, this winter the Polda Cup International Ski-Jumping Competition was postponed at the beginning of this year. It eventually took place this month at the Planica Ski-Jump site after heavy snowfalls in the north-west of the country produced the ideal conditions.
The winner was Willi Purstl of Austria. Two days earlier he had lost the Kongsberg Cup competition at Planica to Toni Innauer, the European Youth Champion. The finals for the Kongsberg Cup had been held on Friday (11 April), and the finals for the Polda Cup took place on Sunday (13 April).
The Polda Cup competition was established as a memorial to Janez Polda, who died two years ago. He was generally regarded as the finest ski-jumper Yugoslavia has ever produced. This year the event attracted about ten thousand spectators.
The Planica ski-jump construction is 170 metres (558 ft. approx) long, and under good conditions it can produce the longest ski-jump performances in the World. Jumps of 130 metres (426 ft. approx) are not uncommon.