Helmut Recknagel, Olympic gold medallist from East Germany, won the sixth international ski-jumping competition at Oberstdorf, Germany, Feb 26.
GV Competitors down slope and jump, on to finish.
GV PAN..another competitor flies through the air.
GV PAN..another and on to finish.
SV Crowd and cameraman.
GV Leodolter of Austria down slope.
GV Leodolter flies through the air and on to finish.
SV Spectators applaud.
CU Leodolter who came in second, jumped 113 metres in first jump.
GV Slibar of Yugoslavia jumping and into air.
SV TWO SHOTS..Slibar into finish, world record holder.
TGV Mass crowd.
GV PAN..competitor flies through the air and on to finish.
GV Recknagel of E.Germany over jump and through air.
SV Recknagel on to finish.
GV Spectators applaud.
CU Winner Recknagel.
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Background: Helmut Recknagel, Olympic gold medallist from East Germany, won the sixth international ski-jumping competition at Oberstdorf, Germany, Feb 26. Second was Otto Leodolter of Austria, and Wolfgang Happle, a young West German newcomer, was third.
Recknagel twice jumped 132 metres, while Leodolter's best was 122 metres, a length also jumped by Happle, who just bent the 121 metres jumped by 19-year old Siogbert Muench of East Germany.
On the final day of the four-day annual event, 40,000 spectators watched as the thirty finalists sped down the take-off ramp at speeds of up to sixty-eight miles an hour before soaring out into space. Judged for style as well as length of jump, each seemed more graceful then the previous competitor.
Each finalist had three jumps, from which they were awarded a points aggregate. In the preliminary rounds, the Yugoslav jumper, Jose Slibar, had created a sensational new world record jump of 141 metres. Wolfgang Happle followed this with a jump of 145 metres, but fell as he landed.