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  • Ski Jump Debut for Turin Olympics


    The ski jumps at Pragelato earlier this year. The K90, on the right, will host the first jumps October 9.(TOROC) 

    (ATR) One of two ski jumps being built for the Turin Olympics gets its first test this weekend. Members of the Italian national team will take the first jumps from the K95 venue in the mountain village of Pragelato, about 70 km west of Turin.

    Turin officials tell Around the Rings that Saturday?s event is not meant to be a test event for the 2006 Games, but a symbol of the progress being made at the venue. The Pragelato site was one of the trouble spots for Turin?s construction program with delays for work on the ski jumps as well as the bobsleigh/luge/skeleton course which was moved to the location two years ago.

    It?s too early for snow to blanket the landing area for this weekend?s ceremonial jumps, so a plastic surface will be put down for the skiers.

    The site is still a construction zone so the crowd will be limited to about 100. Afterwards, the venue will once again be closed so that work can continue on the K120 jump and the boblsleigh course, due for completion this winter.

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