Muriel Burnett Reports: Hi Stan! The food at the Frognerseteren Restaurant was wonderful. Believe me, it was not a lunch, as we would expect. Your choices included seafood, reindeer, and a rice and chicken stir fry with lots of vegetables. Oh course we had to sample their famous apple dessert. Unfortunately, it was raining very hard, and we did not get the experience of the view. It would have been amazing on a dry sunny day.
We continued on to the Holmenkollen Ski Jump, but it was raining so hard, we had to stay on the bus. However, Olav Hansson,* of the Norwegian shuffleboard team met the bus and explained the sport of ski jumping. In the 1982 FIS Nordic World Ski Championship he won a gold and a silver. His best jump was 169 m. He was known as “Stlopperen fra Roa” and always jumped in a full white suit. (Click here to read about the Jump and associated history!) Lots of pix!! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holmenkollen_ski_jump
The jump they used at the time was dangerous as it was too steep on the takeoff and because of the profile a shier would be airborne partway down. The new lift is slower out of the gate, and the skier is not airborne until he leaves the end of the jump but achieves more air and distance (now up to 180 m). Style has changed as now skis are wider apart to take advantage of more air against the chest. The new jump was built in 2011 at a cost of about 375 million dollars and is very impressive , even in the rain.
I believe the North American & South American Shufflers have now split, with couples AND MICHAEL, extending their holiday in interesting parts of the World. I invite each of them to drop me a line, c/w pix, telling fellow shufflers how they enjoyed this part of the adventure.
Stan McCormack. Article sent along by Muriel Burnett. 2013 07 01