With the Sochi Winter Olympics in full swing, the Olympic spirit is everywhere we go. But instead of having to fly to Sochi to get some real action, Iron Mountain is the next closest venue. Friday afternoon was the first day of the 75th annual FIS Continental Cup ski jumping competitions at the massive and majestic Pine Mountain Ski Jump.
â??The atmosphere is great, but the jump is always good,â?? said spectator Adam Buchcuski. â??Sounds like the weather is going to be great tomorrow.â??
Adam and his friends have claimed a prime tailgating spot for a long time.
â??Weâ??ve been coming to the jumps for approximately 20 years since we were young kids; so we just get it every year,â?? Buchcuski said.
But let's be honest, while Adam and his friends truly enjoy the competitions, the event is also a great excuse to let loose a little.
â??Weâ??ll be having Bloody Marys for breakfast,â?? Buchcuski said.
But shifting spots from the bottom of the hill to the top, youâ??ll find yourself in the midst of over 60 professional athletes from all over the world. They said theyâ??re enjoying this jump, as it's different than others they're used to.
â??You can go really low and still go far and fly close to the hill all the way and kind of take off at the bottom, so we like that,â?? said Norwegian ski jumper, Tord Hammer.
The competitions were delayed just a bit Friday afternoon, but the weather was perfect for the jumpers to keep great form in the air.
â??You want to keep them in somewhat of an angle away from your body and create the most flotation coming down, kind of like an airplane,â?? Hammer said.
The competitions begin again on Saturday with Opening Ceremonies at 12:15 p.m. Central Time, and again on Sunday at 1 p.m.