Learn to ski jump from Olympian Mike Holland

GILFORD — Olympic Ski Jumper and former world record holder, Mike Holland will be holding a Learn to Fly ski jumping course on Saturday, January 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Gilkford Youth Center at 19 Potter Hill Road

Participants will experience one-on-one instruction with Holland, which will help enhance their technique, balance and agility. To achieve the sensation of flight, participants will roll slowly down a U.S. Ski Team roller jump, fly through the air, and land in a pile of mattresses. The clinic is open to kids aged 5 to7 years.  Children must have experience skiing to attend the free demo. For more information call 783-4423.

Achim Steinbreuck, president of the Gunstock Mountain Historical Preservation Society, said that the event is the first of series intended to foster interest ski jumping, which he hopes will lend momentum to the society's efforts to restore the 20-meter, 40-meter and 70-meter jumps at Gunstock Mountain Resort. He noted that Nick Farrell, a ski jumper from Andover, New Hampshire, qualified to represent the United States at the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia and expected his success to lead to renewed enthusiasm for the sport among skiers in the Lakes Region. Steinbreuck said that all the high schools with skiing programs, together with ski clubs, have been invited to competition on the 10-meter jump at Gunstock on Saturday, January 25, beginning with registration and practice at 9 a.m. followed by the competition at 11 a.m.