- Bischofshofen, Austria
- JAN 6, 2012 at 12:00 AM
- JAN 6, 2012 at 11:59 PM
The annual FIS Ski Jumping World Cup pits the very best athletes the sport has to offer against each other, in a quest to become the world's number one.
In 1947, shortly after the end of World War II, the Hochkoenig-Schanze was built at Laideregg. Tragically, on the 9th January 1952, native ski jumper Paul Ausserleitner died as a result of injuries sustained during training. Since then, as a mark of respect the ski jump at Laideregg has carried his name symbolically. Modern times have seen the stadium improve greatly, following the Nordic World Championships in 1998 a brand new press centre and lift were built. In 2000 the old judges tower was torn down and replaced, and in 2003 the hill was converted into a K125.
Bischofshofen, with a population of around 11,000, is a city located in the Salzach valley of Austria. It's an important railway hub and lies at the Tauernautobahn, a highway route through the Alps.