FASTEST UP A SKI JUMP
26th September 2017
Six-time Nordic World Champion Johannes Rydzek has picked up another title – he’s the quickest man to sprint UP a ski hill. NEW
The 25-year-old German has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records after successfully completing the steepest 50 metre sprint in the world.
It took the Nordic Combined skier just 27.67 seconds to make it up the Heini Klopfer Ski Flying Hill in Oberstdorf.
And all of it with a gradient of 37 degrees or more.
Rydzek was joined by parcour athlete Alexander Schauer in the record attempt.
He triumphed over Schauer who managed the gruelling task but finished four seconds slower than Rydzek.
The ski flying hill had been specifically prepared for the record attempt, to enable running and ensure the safety of the participants.
It was the first uphill world record to be measured and a time of 35 seconds was the requirement for it to be registered.
After four attempts the new record was confirmed by judge Pauline Sapinska.
“It was a cool result and it is a big honour to be present in the Guinness Book of World Records now,” Rydzek said.
“The last 10 metres were incredibly tough. I was glad I could rely on the shoes to give me the much-needed grip.”
The event – named the ContiGripRun 2017 – was supported by the tyre manufacturer Continental and clothes manufacturer Adidas.
Rydzek is more used to heading down the ski jump as he competes in the Nordic Combined events that involve both jumping and cross country.
He picked up four world titles at the 2017 Nordic World Championships in Lahti in March.
He has yet to win Olympic gold and will now return to training for the day job as he attempts to put that right at Pyeongchang 2018 next February.
He has a team bronze from Vancouver 2010 and a relay silver medal from Sochi 2014.
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