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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: March 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

FROZEN DEAD GUY DAYS FROM COLORADO!!





   Frozen Dead Guy Days is an annual celebration held in the town of Nederland, Colorado.
    In 1989, a Norwegian citizen named Trygve Bauge brought the corpse of his recently deceased grandfather, Bredo Morstol, to the United States. The body was preserved on dry ice for the trip, and stored in liquid nitrogen at the Trans Time Cryonics facility from 1990 to 1993.
    In 1993, Bredo was returned to dry ice and transported to the town of Nederland, where Trygve and his mother Aud planned to create a cryonics facility of their own. When Trygve was deported from the United States for overstaying his visa, his mother, Aud, continued keeping her father's body cryogenically forzen in a shack behind her unfinished house.






 

    Aud was eventually evicted from her home for living in a house with no electricity or plumbing, in violation of local ordinances. At that time, she told a local reporter about her father's body, and the reporter went to the local city hall in order to let them know about Aud's fears that her eviction would cause her father's body to thaw out.
    The story caused a sensation. In response, the city added a broad new provision to Section 7-34 of its Municipal Code, "Keeping of bodies", outlawing the keeping of "the whole or any part of the person, body or carcass of a human being or animal or other biological species which is not alive upon any property". However, because of the publicity that had arisen, they made an exception for Bredo, a grandfather clause.    Trygve secured the services of Delta Tech, a local Environmental company, to keep the cryonic facility running. Bo Shaffer, CEO of Delta Tech, is known as "The Iceman" for transporting the dry ice necessary for cryopreservation to the IC Institute from 1995.






 

    That year, the local Tuff Shed supplier and a Denver radio station built a new shed to keep him in. In honor of the town's unique resident, Nederland holds an annual celebration, first started in 2002.
    Frozen Dead Guy Days is celebrated from Friday through Sunday on the first full weekend of March. Coffin races, a slow motion parade, and "Frozen Dead Guy" look-a-like contests are held. A documentary on "Grandpa Bredo", call Grandpa's in the Tuff Shed, is shown. A newer version of the film, "Grandpa's Still in the Tuff Shed", was premiered in Nederland on March 7th, 2003.







 
    Other events include a tour of the Tuff Shed where Grandpa is still forzen; a "polar plunge", for those brave enought to go swimming in Colorado in early March (which generally requires breaking through the ice); a dance called "Grandpa's Blue Ball"; pancake breakfasts; a market showcasing local artists; snowshoe races, and snow sculpture contests. Glacier Ice Cream, headquartered in the nearby city of Boulder, makes a flavor specifically for the festival (named, appropriately enough, Frozen Dead Guy), consisting of fruit flovored blue ice cream mixed with crushed Oreo cookies and sour gummy worms. Tours of the Tuff Shed where Grandpa is still frozen were suspended after 2005, after Grandpa's family "became frustrated with Frozen Dead Guy Days", but were expected to resume with the 2010 celebration.






 

    Although Trygve and Aud filed a complaint against Nederland involving money and naming rights in 2005, Frozen Dead Guy Days is still alive, and according to the official website, the most recent celebration was held March 5th-7th, 2010.

Friday, March 25, 2016

DYING EATER EGGS NATURALLY!

This diy comes from www.momtastic.com .  With everyone worrying about what is in certain food especially the dyes.  It seems practical to use all natural ways of dying your eggs this easter.


DIY Holiday: Dying Easter Eggs Naturally





Skip the Easter egg dyes that are lining the store shelves this time of year. You probably have a lot of items in your fridge already to dye eggs beautifully and naturally. It's a lot of fun to experiment with different types of colorful vegetables or fruits. In this case we used red cabbage (which actually turned the eggs bright blue) and beets.


 



Supplies:

  • Eggs ( I used brown and white for color comparision)
  • Red cabbags
  • Cooked beets
  • Vinegar
  • Water and a pot

Instructions:

First cover eggs with water in a pot on the stove







 

After putting the eggs and water in, fill it up with red cabbage, place the lid on and boil for about 10-15 minutes








Remove eggs from pot, but reserve the liquid. Don't be alarmed if the eggs aren't soaking up color yet.









Let the liquid cool for a little and then resubmerge the eggs into the liquid along with about 3 T of vinegar. The liquid will be bright purple, but the eggs will mostly soak up blue. Refrigerate for about 1-2 hours, then remove eggs and let dry








Now we'll do the same thing with beets. Add water to a pot with eggs and throw in several cooked beets (I've found them already cooked and peeled at Trader Joes). You'll follow the same process as the red cabbage above. Boil the beets with the eggs for about 10-15 minutes. Remove the eggs, reserve the liquid and place the eggs in the red liquid along with 3 T of vinegar into the fridge for about 1-2 hours at least ( I soaked mine much longer in this case)








Naturally dyed eggs typically have a dull finish. You can rub a little mineral or vegetable oil on them for some gloss if you'd like. Now all you need is an Easter basket to place them in!


EASTER CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD!




    Easter is a special event celebrated by Christians. It is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Easter is celebrated in many countries all over the world, however not all traditions are the same.








America and Canada

    In America and Canada, Easter is pretty much celebrated the same. Decorated eggs are hunted for or exchanged as well as other gifts they may include money and chocolates. Easter baskets and bonnets are made and decorated, then entered into contests.
    The Easter bunny is very popular in both countries. Stores line their shelves with stuffed bunnies to give as gifts as well as chocolate, decorations and gifts for the Easter holiday.








Germany

    In Germany, Eater is called Ostern. Besides Christmas, Easter is the most important holiday in Germany. Spring cleaning is done in the household, decorations are brought in and hung up. Small Easter trees are brought int o the home as well and decorated with eggs.
    Parents hide Easter baskets with small presents, sweets and eggs. Hand decorated eggs are exchanged among family and friends. A great meal is had, where many people eat fish and light big Easter bonfires.









Mexico

    In Mexico, Easter is actually two big events combined, Semana Santa (Palm Sunday to Easter Saturday, or Holy Week) and Pascua (Resurrection Sunday until the following Saturday).
    Many Mexicans use these two weeks as a time for vacation, while other prefer to stay for the events. Many communities stage the full Passion play including the Last Supper, the Betrayal, the Judgment, the Procession of the 12 Stations of the Cross, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection.








Romania

    In Romania, Easter is the most important celebration. Men and women each have their own tasks to complete. The men mend fences, bring in water, take out the garbage and butcher the lambs. Women clean the house, do laundry and decorate the eggs. A few weeks before Eater, the young women and girls sew new shirts for the men, parents and children.
    A special Easter cake called "Pasca" is baked, the lamb is cooked and special decorated eggs are exchanged. Lit candles are held during mass and only put out once the one holding it returned home. It is said that if one sleeps on Easter day, they will be sleepy all year long.








Ireland

    In Ireland, a competition would be held to see who could eat the most duck eggs. Dancers in beautiful outfits dance in the streets and compete for a cake prize. Easter is a time of fasting and prayer. At church on Easter Saturday, hundreds of little candles are lit off of the blessed Paschal candle. Priests sprinkle holy water on each member of the household, then the house and cattle.
    Eggs that had been decorated and painted with faces are rolled down a hill. A quiet traditional meal of lent soup and roasted Spring lamb is eaten on Easter Sunday. On Easter Monday, many fairs are held and many use this day to go on a day trip.








Russia

    In Russia, Easter is celebrated on a different Sunday, than it is in the West. In the West, the Gregorian calendar is used as well as in many places of the East, but the Julian calendar is still used and at present, is 13 days behind the Gregorian calender. Normally Easter in the East, is one week later than the West, however this year is one of the few, rare times that they will fall on the same Sunday.
    Children dye eggs red, symbolizing the blood of Christ. The eggs are cracked open using nails and the whites are exposed. People are reminded of the death of Christ and that the blood of Christ, cleanses them from sin.
    Worship at the church begins Saturday evening. At midnight, the priests throw open the doors and shout out "Christ has risen"! The congregation then comes to life shouting back, "He is risen indeed"! After worship and Easter celebrations, the family Easter dinner takes place. It is a huge picnic, where everyone in the congregation brings food to share. Here everyone is reminded that all members of the body of Christ belong to one another.

THE ORIGINS OF THE EASTER EGG HUNT!



    For Christians across the world Easter is a sacred day that marks Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead. But alongside celebratory church services and religious festivities, for Christians and non-Christians alike, Easter has also become a day to enjoy Easter chocolate and candy, family fun and of course an Easter egg hunt. From coast to coast, families across America enjoy the thrill of hiding and then hunting for Easter gifts tucked away in the house or somewhere in the yard.








    But where did the tradition start?? And why is it that Easter is celebrated with an egg hunt? To understand why the Easter egg hunt became such an important part of the Easter tradition, we have to begin by considering why eggs became associated with the holiday in the first place. And surprisingly enough it's our pre-Christian past that holds the key.
    Long before Christianity, as long as three thousand years ago, the ancient Zoracstrians in Iran celebrated Nowruz, the spring equinox, with eggs. Similarly, ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Persians and Babylonians all considered the egg to be a sacred food and a symbol of fertility, rebirth and the cycle of life. In pagan northern Europe the egg also symbolized the germination of new life. Throughout April and spring, eggs were exchanged between friends in celebration of Eostre,the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. And of course Easter eggs also owe some connection to the Jewish holiday of Passover which celebrates the exodus of the Hebrews from Egypt. During the traditional holiday Seder meal, special salt-flavored hard boiled eggs are eaten.








    Melding these diverse, rich cultural and religious roots, with the emergence of Christianity, the egg also began to symbolize the rebirth and resurrection of man himself. For followers of eastern Christianity, several legends involving Mary Magdalene, clearly depicting how the symbol of the egg became intertwined with that of the Resurrection. Legend dictates that Mary Magdalene brought eggs to the tomb of Jesus to share with the other women, and that upon seeing that Christ had risen, these eggs turned red. According to further legend, Mary Magdalene went to Rome to meet Emperor Tiberius to recount the Resurrection of Jesus. It is said that as she held out an egg to him as a symbol of the Resurrection he scoffed, stating that a man could no more rise form the dead than an egg could turn scarlet. It is said that the egg then promptly turned deep red in her hands.








    In addition to this lore and legend, the humble egg took on greater Easter significance with the spread of the Lent tradition of fasting. During medieval times, it became tradition in Europe for Christians to refrain from eating eggs during the forty day Lenten period. So much so that the night before Lent, on Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, households would eat up all the remaining eggs in the pantry by cooking hearty and sustaining pancakes. In days that followed, as Christians fasted, all eggs that were laid were boiled and preserved to be enjoyed later. Then, when the period of penance was over and it was time to break the fast and celebrate Easter, eggs quite naturally became a prized gift. In the centuries that have followed, new and more elaborate ways to decorate and gift eggs have been established. In many countries eggs are painted bright red to symbolize the blood Christ shed, while in Germany and Austria, green is the traditional color of choice for Easter eggs. But, perhaps the most famous and exquisite example of egg decorating remains the jeweled Faberge eggs that were crafted for the Russian Imperial Court.





    So how about the egg hunt itself? While not much is known about the real history of the egg hunt, some folklore suggests that the first Easter egg hunts originated during the rise of Christianity when followers were persecuted. Instead of simply giving children eggs, people hid them so to avoid ill treatment. Today, alongside Easter egg hunts, many people enjoy other fun outdoor activities including the popular Easter egg roll. Not much is known about the real history of the egg hunt, one thing is for sure; In the U.S., Dolly Madison, the wife of the fourth President, organized the very first Easter egg roll in 1814. It was held outside the Capitol in Washington D.C., and apart form a hiatus during the Civil War, is celebrated to this day every Easter Monday on the lawn of the White House.

THE HISTORY OF THE EASTER BUNNY!!





    Children look forward to Spring and the arrival of the Easter bunny. Easter signifies the warm weather is coming, is the first big holiday since Christmas and who doesn't like jelly beans and chocolate bunnies? There are sever theories and legends around where the tradition of the Easter bunny began and how colored eggs became a part of it.
Once theory, according to Wikipedia, is that the Easter bunny or "Osterhause" as it is called in German, first originated in Western German cultures where it had traveled from the Upper Rhineland during the Holy Roman Empire. German children would leave their caps and bonnets out where the rabbit could find them and make a nest to leave brightly colored eggs. This tradition crossed the seas to the American colonies, where all children picked up the custom and started to observe it. The bright colored "Easter grass" we see in baskets today is a throw back to this custom.






    Since birds lay eggs in the Spring and rabbits give birth to large litters in the Spring, the egg became a symbol of Spring and fertility. Who better to deliver it than a new bunny? The coloring became symbolic of all the colors of Spring flowers. However, the Eastern Orthodox Church only dyes its eggs red to represent the blood shed by Christ as he was crucified.
    For those who celebrate Easter as a lunar holiday rather than a religious one, the origins go back to the fast that Easter is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after Spring Equinox. Easter gets its name from the goddess of Spring, Eostre (pronounced Estra). She is the goddess of fertility and also was said to have always traveled with a companion, a white rabbit. Legend says she gave the rabbit the ability to lay brightly colored eggs once a year, in the Spring, and from this came our Easter eggs. This legend also appears in German folklore where they say she became angry with the rabbit and cast him into the heavens where he remains as the constellation Lepus the Hare, which is located at the feet of Orion.








    There are many legends relating the full moon, fertility and the rabbit. The Chinese believe that rabbits, like the moon, can change their sex. Often in Chinese symbols there will be a rabbit leaping across the face of the moon. This is a fertility symbol. Since Spring is the time of birth and fertility of the land, the moon and rabbits are associated with it.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

SOME EASTER CANDY FACTS TO HELP SOOTH YOUR SWEETTOOTH!!




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   Easter is the second most important candy-eating occasion of the year for Americans, who consumed 7 billion pounds of candy in 2011, according to the National Confectioner's Association.


  • In 2000, Americans spent nearly $1.9 billion on Easter candy, while Halloween sales were nearly $2 billion; Christmas, an estimated $1.4 billion; and Valentine's Day, just over $1 billion.
  • Ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced each year.
  • Chocolate bunnies should be eaten ears first, according to 76% of Americans. Five percent said bunnies should be eaten feet first, while 4% favored eating the tail first.
  • Adults prefer milk chocolate (65%), to dark chocolate (27%).




Millions of Peeps

  • Each Easter season, Americans buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, shaped like chicks, as well as Marshmallow Bunnies and Marshmallow Eggs, making them the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy.
  • As many as 4.2 million Marshmallow Peeps, bunnies, and other shapes can be made each day.
  • In 1953, it took 27 hours to create a Marshmallow Peep. Today it takes six minutes.
  • Yellow Peeps are the most popular, followed by pink, lavender, blue, and white.






Jellybeans Could Circle the Globe

  • Americans consume 16 billion jellybeans at Easter, many of them hidden in baskets. If all the Easter jellybeans were lined end to end, they would circle the globe nearly three times.
  • Jellybeans did not become an Easter tradition until the 1930s. They were probably first made in America by Boston candy maker William Schrafft, who ran advertisements urging people to send jellybeans to soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
  • 70% of kids aged 6–11 say they prefer to eat Easter jellybeans one at a time, while 23% report eating several at once. Boys (29%) were more apt to eat a handful than girls (18%).
  • Children indicate their favorite Easter jellybean flavors are cherry (20%), strawberry (12%), grape (10%), lime (7%), and blueberry (6%).




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Increasing Demand

  • Candy makers are offering more and more Easter products. In the early 1980s, M & M's became available in pastel spring colors. Reese's makes peanut butter eggs, and Smucker's produces jellybeans.
  • Some supermarkets have doubled the space allotted to Easter candy in the past few years as the market has increased.
  • Candy is a relatively recent Easter tradition. Chocolate eggs, the most popular Easter candy, were first made in Europe in the early 1800s.


Older Traditions

  • Hot cross buns were among the earliest Easter treats, made by European monks and given to the poor during Lent.
  • Pretzels were originally associated with Easter. The twists of a pretzel were thought to resemble arms crossed in prayer.



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Non-Candy Substitutes

  • For parents worried that their children might eat too much Easter candy, some experts suggest adding non-edible items to Easter baskets: crayons, movie passes, jump rope, baseball cards, kids' videos, stencils, markers, paperback books, chalk, Playdoh, stuffed animals or balls.

LAHTI SKI GAMES FRO FINNLAND!







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   Lahti Ski Games is a yearly international winter sport event. The games last for three days, during which participants compete in cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined. In the nearly 90-year history of the Lahti Ski Games the fireworks seen on Saturday night have become one of the highlights of the event. The goal of establishing the games was to get a competition similar to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival in Finland.
   The idea for the games came from a Finnish legend, Lauri Pihkala in 1922. He wrote an article about a competition equal to the Holmenkollen Ski Festival after the double win of Anton Collin and Tapani Niku at Holmenkollen the same year. In the article Pihkala suggested Lahti as the location for the competition because of the city’s location and grounds.





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First Competition Ever Held
   The first Lahti Ski Games was held 3–4 February 1923. From the very beginning volunteers have played a big part in arranging the games. At the first Lahti Ski Games only Finnish competitors attended the event, but it was still a success. From then on the citizens were encouraged to flag during the competition weekend so that the city would look its best.

History

   Competitors from other countries took part in the games for the first time in 1926. The games were FIS congress competition, which attracted competitors from 15 different countries. The Sport center where the games are held was now improved. The local schools were turned into accommodation as the students were on holiday.
   The games lived through a quieter time period between the late 1960s and the early 1970s. It was time to develop marketing for the event and as a result additions to the program of the games were made in order create more entertainment value.
   When the new millennium was approaching it was becoming clear that the games were not as visible in the city profile as before. According to speculations one of the reasons might be that the popularity of televised sport events kept the fans at home. The Saturday night ski jumping competition as well as the fireworks seen on the same night, have nonetheless remained popular among the public.

 Salpausselkä Station

   For many years the public came to the games from far, oftentimes by skiing. The crowds were also transported by a special train that came directly into a station at the Sport center. The Salpausselkä station was built in 1938 and it later relocated in 1957. Nowadays the station is replaced merely by a halt, which no longer has regular train traffic. The tracks are still partially in place.




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Games Cancellations
   The games have only been cancelled three times: first in 1930 because of the lack of snow and in 1940 due to the Winter War. In 1942 there were no normal Lahti Ski Games held.

 Radio and television

   The first time the Lahti Ski Games was ever broadcasted was in 1932. It made the games national. In 1959 the games were televised live. However, it wasn’t until 1971 that the live televising was extended to cover footage also straight from the skiing tracks.

 Sport

   Today participants compete in cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined. The sports in which athletes compete at Lahti Ski Games have gone through many changes throughout the games’ history. In the early years participants competed in the original 50 kilometer skiing. It was arranged for the last time in 1986. There have also been men’s 30 and 10 km, as well as the women’s 5 km. The seniors and youngsters had their own tour. In the 1938 Championships also slalom was competed in. In 1970 the evening’s ski-jumping competition became the official team competition. In 2000 sprint was introduced.





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 Sport Center

   Many changes have taken place at the Sport center over the years. Jumps over 50 meters became possible when the hill was raised in 1931. Several years later a new hill was constructed. It was raised again for the 25th anniversary Lahti Ski Games in 1947. Lahti city constructed the current hill during 1971–1972, and it was improved again later in 1998.

Lahti Folk Celebration

   The fireworks have gained a lot of popularity since the first time they were seen in 1934. Before the people got to see the fireworks a torch parade went through the city from the city hall all the way to the pit of the hill, i.e. the out-run at the Sport center. A million Finnish marks were charged for the 15 minutes long fireworks show. During 1942–1945 the fireworks were not organized.
   During the long history of the games, the event has been a family occasion to which out-of-town family and friends were invited. In the early years accommodation was hard to come by and as a result schools were turned into lodging, while the local students were given a holiday.
   From the very beginning the games also had different entertainment programs. Dances were held at town. They ended in the 1980s, but restaurants and nightclubs still draw the public in for a nice nightlife experience after the games.
At the sporting site public has had the opportunity to purchase little snacks and food. Often on the menu have been products like sausages, pea soup and broth, bun and coffee. They were required in large quantities to feed the hungry audience.
   Among other things, the event has always been an opportunity to make sightings of important people. Diplomats and presidents have visited the site, for instance Finnish presidents Kyösti Kallio and Urho Kekkonen, the crown prince Harald of Norway and Icelandic president Kr. Eldjorn, to name a few.




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Here's A Little Timeline Of The Games:


1923 Lahti Ski Games were held for the first time. The idea of have the games game from Mr. Lauri Pihkala. He wanted to bring the games to Lahti because of it´s centered position and variable terrain.
1924 Ski Games lasted four days. Finnish Army championships were included.
1925 Lack of snow forced to postpone the games two times. Finally games were held in March, 19.-22.
1926 So called Kongress Games gathered 15 nations. The skiing world started to know Lahti and Ski Games around the world.
1927 The Great lottery was kept to “establish Ski Games and raise Finnish skiing”. Lottery ticket cost 3 FIM, and the main prize was 100 000 FIM bank account.
1929 Athletes competed to win 9 different challenge cups. Prizes were donated by corporations from Lahti
1930 No Games were held because lack of snow. Afterwards Games have been cancelled only two times.
1932 Finnish President visited Lahti Ski Games for the first time. After this the Presidents have changed, but visits have been regular.
1934 Programme included ski jumping in the evening with spectacular fireworks after competition. “The Meeting point” for the teenagers was the illuminated “Track of love”.
1938 Over 100 000 spectators game to World Ski Championships. This was the first time to that the amount of spectators exceeded 100 000 limit. Championships were held on new stadium and ski jumping hill.
1940 The Winter War forced to cancel the Lahti Ski Games .





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1941 Ski Games gathered 417 athletes to Lahti during the ceasefire.
1942 Instead of skiing, so called miniature Games were held. Most of the ski jumpers came to hill straight for the frontier.
1945 Games back to normal again after the World War II. During the war years games were national championships.
1947 For the traditional fireworks, Ski Club borrowed two huge spotlights used in war for aircraft seach from the Finnish army. Also buying permits to buy paraffin and cotton waste were applied from the äMinistry for internal affairs. The Ski Club donated 150 000 FIM from the income for National Aid.
1948 New event was introduced, skiing-steeplechase (equestrian).
1949 The Games were held despite the storm that was hammering Lahti
1950 Finnish Skiing Association joined to organize the Games.
1951 International 4 x 10 km relay and youth ski jumping were included in the programme.
1952 Helsinki Olympic fever was alreadyseen in Lahti. The Games were succesfulland crowded. New aspects were introduced, stopwatch for the spectators and official “Ski-Girls” (photo).
1954 Great Finnish Ski Heroes like Veikko Hakulinen and Heikki Hasu gathered over 96.000 spectators to the stadium.
1955 Team from Soviet Union took part to the Games for the first time. Soviet team was successful in Falun WCS 1954, but did not win any events in Lahtil.
1956 Despite General Strike, tens of thousands game to see the Games.
1957 First win for the Soviet team. The ski stadium was radically renewed for the coming World Ski Championships.
1958 Third WSC in Lahti, 204.591 spectators. 67.033 spectators witnessed Juhani Kärkinen . FIS pointed out, that these were the best organized Games so far.
1959 Finnish audience was able to see the Games on television for the first time.
1960 In addition to regular games, also international match between Finland and Norway was held.




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1961 Warm weather. First prize in ski jumping was tied between three competitors.
1962 International Lahti Ski Games were held, for the first time in 3 day period, from Friday to Sunday.
1964 Record in “normal” Ski Games, spectators 114.082
1965 Over 1000 volunteer officials. In Ski jumping, three round competition was tested.
1966 First team competition in Ski jumping, winner was East-Germany.
1967 Programme keeps on expanding – first time for women´s relay. Additonal event was “Winter of Finland”- exhibition
1968 Finnish Ski Association had it´s 60th anniversary, celebrationrelay was handed to Mr. Urho Kekkonen, President of Finland.
1969 No success for Team Finland. In Ski jumping East-German Christian Kiehl won both, youth and special Ski jumping competitions.
1970 Competition Manager, Mrs. Leila Lepistö started her career as official “Ski-Girl”.
1971 Less than 50.000 spectators. Mass start was tested in men´s skiing. This was the first time that Finnish team did not win any competitions.
1972 Marketing budget was doubled, which was seen in increasing amount of spectators.. Ski jumpers disappointed, competition was tranfered from new hill to old wooden hill.
1973 First competition in the hill. Old hill was situated at the Indian hill, on the oppossite hill from current ski stadium stand.
1975 Lahti Ski Games 50th anniversary. One of the main events was exhibition ski jumping, with Norwegian girl Anita Wold.
1976 Last Ski Games at the old stadium. Right after Games the renewing started for next World Ski Championships.
1977 Pre-WSC with 377 athletes from 19 countries. First competition in Lahti nomal hill was won by Walter Steiner (SUI).
1978 Official competition song “Lahti By Night” was introduced in the 4th WSC held in Lahti. Every year since that this song has been played after the fireworks on Saturday evening.
1979 Another great organized Games despite the wind and fog.




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1980 Young Canadian-Indian, jumping without glasses, Steve Collins jumped amazing hill record, 124 meters.
1981 Jari Puikkonen won both individual competitions. What made these competitions special was, that they were held in K64 hill.
1982 New, modern track&field stadium was built. This made Lahti Ski stadium year-around meetingpoint for sporting citizens.
1985 The real Lahti Ski, men 50 km, was taken out from the programme. After that, this traditional event has taken place twice, 1989 and 2001, in World Ski Championships.
1986 Finnish popband Dingo, played at the games. Band had over 13.000 spectators on Saturday-evening at the Ski-restaurant
1988 Matti Nykänen, wins nr 6 and 7 at the games. He won both competitions. He is still the most succesful athlete in the history of Lahti Ski Games in amount of wins.
1989 World Ski Championships gatehered 450 000 spectators in 10 days. This is still the record of Lahti Ski Games.
1992 16-year-old Toni Nieminen excited the crowds. Despite the economical depression the Games had almost 120 000 spectators.
1994 No Nordic Combined events were held.
1995 Lack of snow forced to cancel so called “marketplacefive”. The track was suppose to be in the downtown area.
1997 Cross country competitions were held in January and Ski jumping and Nordic Combined in March. Games were split in two because of the World Ski Championships in Trondheim.
2001 Sixth World Ski Championships in Lahti. Temperature varied from +7 to -25 degrees celcius.
2002 First time that cross country competitions were only in free technique.
2005 Lahti Ski Games were held for the 80th time. World Cup success of Janne Ahonen and Hannu Manninen gathered the greatest amount of spectartor since 1992. (WCS 2001 excluded)
2008 Red Bull X-Fighters motor show attracted spectators on Saturday evening.
2011 Competition Manager, Mrs. Leila Lepistö retires after 41 years of service.




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The Ski Museum

   The Ski Museum is at the foot of the ski-jump ramps at the Lahti Sports Centre. Museum activities were launched in 1958 by the veterans' section of the Lahden Hiihtoseura skiing club. The museum was founded in 1974 and the first permanent exhibition was opened in the old sauna of the club. The present museum building, designed by the architect Esko Hämäläinen, was opened to the public on 1 November 1989. The present renovated façade of the building, combining slanting walls, wood and glass, was designed by Professor Pekka Salminen and was completed in 2000. At the same time restaurant Voitto and 80-seat auditorium were built.


Salpausselka Medal

Salpausselkä medal was founded in 1960 for athletes that have won Nordic dicipline in Lahti Ski Games at least twice. Salpausselkä medal number 1 was handed to Tapani Niku who won in 1923-1925 four times. Most wins in Lahti Ski Games has won Matti Nykänen, all together 7 victories during 1984-1989. Altogether 87 Salpausselkä medals have been awarded for true Salpausselkä legends.
1920´s
Name
Wins
Years
#1 Tapani Niku
4
1923, 1924, 1924, 1925
#2 Sulo Jääskeläinen
3
1923, 1924, 1924
#3 Matti Raivio
5
1925, 1926, 1926, 1927, 1927
#4 Paavo Nuotio
3
1925, 1927, 1932
#5 Erkki Penttilä
2
1928, 1928
#6 Kai Rusten, NOR
2
1928, 1928
#7 Lempi Asikainen-Ruuska
3
1928, 1929, 1931
#8 Rafael Björklund
2
1929, 1932
1930´s
Name
Wins
Years
#9 Veli Saarinen
2
1931, 1933
#10 Volmari Toikka
2
1931, 1934
#11 Lauri Valonen
4
1932, 1934, 1935, 1936
#12 Sulo Nurmela
3
1934, 1935, 1937
1940´s
Name
Wins
Years
#13 Leo Laakso
5
1941, 1943, 1944, 1945, 1946
#14 Olavi Sihvonen
3
1943, 1944, 1946
#15 Pekka Vanninen
2
1939, 1947
#16 Benjamin Vanninen
2
1946, 1948
#17 Kerttu Pehkonen-Pesonen
4
1947, 1948, 1949, 1951
#18 Heikki Hasu
5
1948, 1949, 1951, 1952, 1953
1950´s
Name
Wins
Years
#19 Veikko Hakulinen
4
1952, 1953, 1953, 1958
#20 Arvo Viitanen
4
1952, 1953, 1954, 1955
#21 Mirja Hietamies-Eteläpää
2
1954, 1956
#22 Eero Kolehmainen
2
1956, 1957
#23 Sverre Stenersen, NOR
4
1956, 1957, 1959, 1960
#24 Paavo Korhonen
2
1954, 1958
#25 Kalevi Hämäläinen
3
1956, 1958, 1966
#26 Siiri Rantanen
3
1954, 1959, 1961
#27 Juhani Kärkinen
3
1958, 1959, 1963
1960´s
Name
Wins
Years
#28 Arto Tiainen
2
1959, 1960
#29 Harald Grönningen, NOR
3
1960, 1961, 1962
#30 Veikko Kankkonen
5
1960, 1961, 1964, 1967, 1968
#31 Otto Leodolter, AUT
2
1961, 1962
#32 Alevtina Koltshina, RUS
3
1958, 1963, 1965
#33 Reidar Hjermstad, NOR
2
1963, 1963
#34 Assar Rönnlund, SWE
4
1961, 1965, 1967, 1968
#35 Georg Thoma, GER
2
1961, 1965
#36 Markus Svendsen, NOR
2
1966, 1967
1970´s
Name
Wins
Years
#37 Nina Shebalina, RUS
2
1969, 1971
#38 Pål Tyldum, NOR
2
1968, 1971
#39 Eero Mäntyranta
2
1964, 1972
#40 Galina Kulakova, SOV
5
1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979
#41 Vasili Rothsev, SOV
3
1974, 1975, 1977
#42 Walter Steiner, SUI
3
1973, 1975, 1977
#43 Oddvar Brå, NOR
5
1973, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1982
#44 Karl Schnabl, AUT
2
1975, 1976
#45 Zinaida Amosova, SOV
4
1977, 1977, 1978, 1978
#46 Aleksei Borovitin, SOV
2
1974, 1977
#47 Sergei Saveljev, SOV
3
1976, 1977, 1978
#48 Konrad Winkler, DDR
2
1977, 1978
#49 Helena Takalo
2
1970, 1978
1980´s
Name
Wins
Years
#50 Jari Puikkonen
3
1981, 1981, 1989
#51 Barbara Petzold, DDR
3
1981, 1981
#52 Rauno Miettinen
2
1976, 1982
#53 Armin Kogler, AUT
2
1980, 1982
#54 Ole Bremseth, NOR
2
1982, 1982
#55 Aleksandr Zavjalov
2
1980, 1983
#56 Algimantes Shaina, SOV
2
1983, 1983
#57 Horst Bulau, CAN
2
1983, 1983
#58 Matti Nykänen
7
1984, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1988
#59 Lars-Erik Eriksen
2
1979, 1984
#60 Thomas Müller, BRD
2
1984, 1987
#61 Marjo Matikainen-Kallström
3
1986, 1987, 1990
#62 Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi
2
1983, 1989
#63 Jelena Välbe, RUS
4
1989, 1989, 1990, 1991
#64 Gunde Svan, SWE
2
1989, 1989
1990´s
Name
Wins
Years
#65 Andreas Felder, AUT
4
1985, 1990, 1991, 1991
#67 Trond Einar Elden, NOR
2
1989, 1991
#68 Björn Dählie, NOR
3
1990, 1992, 1999
#69 Toni Nieminen
2
1992, 1992
#70 Torny Mogren, SWE
2
1986, 1993
#71 Jens Weissflog, GER
3
1989, 1994, 1995
#72 Vladimir Smirnov, KAZ
3
1989, 1994, 1995
#73 Inger Helene Nybråten, NOR
2
1988, 1996
#74 Manuela Di Centa, ITA
2
1994, 1996
#75 Masahiko Harada, JPN
2
1996, 1996
#76 Bjarte Engen Vik, NOR
3
1996, 1998, 2001
#77 Stefania Belmondo, ITA
2
1992, 1998
2000´s
Name
Wins
Years
#78 Janne Ahonen
2
1998, 2000
#79 Hannu Manninen
4
1997, 2000, 2005, 2010
#80 Martin Schmitt, GER
3
2000, 2001, 2002
#81 Larissa Lazutina, RUS
2
1999, 2001
#82 Bente Skari, NOR
2
2001, 2001
#83 Samppa Lajunen
3
1999, 2002, 2002
#84 Kristina Smigun, EST
3
2000, 2002, 2007
#85 Adam Malysz, POL
4
2001, 2003, 2003, 2007
#86 Daito Takahashi, JPN
2
2004, 2004
#87 Virpi Kuituinen
3
2001, 2004, 2008