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Japanese Ski Jumper Targets World Record in Akureyri

By Ragnar Tómas

Hlíðarfjall ski resort in North Iceland
Photo: Screenshot from RÚV.

The Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi may have set a new ski jumping world record in Akureyri yesterday with a 256-metre jump. Kobayashi attempted a 300-metre jump this morning, although it remains uncertain whether he was successful.

Attempted a 300-metre jump this morning

The Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi arrived at Hlíðarfjall mountain in Akureyri, North Iceland, yesterday morning where he made several attempts from a giant ski jump constructed at the top of the mountain. The ski area was closed during this period.

According to RÚV, Kobayashi jumped 256 metres in his final attempt yesterday, surpassing the current world record in ski jumping, which stands at 253.5 metres (although the record has not been officially confirmed). As noted by RÚV’s sources, eyewitnesses at Hlíðarfjall reportedly witnessed celebrations among the jumper’s assistants, convinced that he had broken the record.

This morning, the Japanese ski jumper attempted a 300-metre jump. According to Vísir, Kobayashi and his Red Bull team arrived at Hlíðarfjall before 7 AM. By around 11 AM, the project appeared to have concluded, as part of the equipment had been dismantled. It remains uncertain whether the 300-metre jump was successful.

As noted by RÚV, the preparations for the event have been ongoing for a year, involving Icelandic contractors in collaboration with the energy drink manufacturer Red Bull: “Red Bull Japan has made an agreement with the municipality of Akureyri for the construction of the ski jump in Hlíðarfjall and filming. A replica of the ski jump in Vikersund, Norway, where ski jumping world records have been set, was constructed,” RÚV notes.

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