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PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:41 am 
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Das Fräulein and I were wandern in southern Bavaria last week, and had the luck of sneaking into and looking down from the top of a ski jumping hill.
Everything I thought I knew about manliness in sports changed the second I looked down. Ski jumpers are the manliest men in all of sport. And pretty much everything else. The view and the idea of mastering that jump is just mind-blow-er-ing.

Even more blowering, Wikiing to see how that hill ranges in comparison (jumps range from 260 to 290 feet there), I found out that, while it's a "large hill", there is an ever larger class of hills called "ski flying hills."

And this dude jumped, err, flew ...808 feet. Grab your balls:


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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 1:19 pm 
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Nigga, please.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 2:17 pm 
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Ried, there's an even larger hill, called the Alps, for speed flying...and it makes ski jumping look as exciting as curling:

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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The only thing that would make that more awesome, is if they were doing it to save someone, and being shot at.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
PostPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2011 11:56 pm 
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Chris Knight wrote:
it makes ski jumping look as exciting as curling

That indeed maybe more exciting, since you can actually DO it. Just about anyone could man up to learn sky flying WITH A CHUTE.

Without one? You only have a few hundred people in the world with the courage to hurl down a super steep hill at 60 mp/h and jump a do or die 800 feet.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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Why don't you all man up and go to war.

Putting your feet into grooves so you can't fuck up on the way down? Lame BS.

Flying with a chute? Lame BS.

Nigga, please.

Go try to live in a war zone for 18 months or more.

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Oh yeah, war ...shooting and blowing up others' and your children out of either fear or greed.

SO manly.

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Go try to live in a war zone for 18 months or more.

Nobody goes to war out of manliness. They might join the military out of manliness, but nobody of those who eventually do wants to go to war.

Please don't make me talk to you like a child again, Pender. I love you.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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Pender wrote:
Go try to live in a war zone for 18 months or more.

Does Detroit count?


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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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Eric wrote:
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Go try to live in a war zone for 18 months or more.

Does Detroit count?

From what I have heard, yes.

So does Compton, Oakland, and most of Australia (the uninhabited parts).

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Riedenschneider wrote:
Oh yeah, war ...shooting and blowing up others' and your children out of either fear or greed.

SO manly.

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Go try to live in a war zone for 18 months or more.

Nobody goes to war out of manliness. They might join the military out of manliness, but nobody of those who eventually do wants to go to war.

Please don't make me talk to you like a child again, Pender. I love you.

Master dodging bullets and Death, bitch.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
PostPosted: Thu Aug 11, 2011 11:33 am 
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I went to Park City, Utah about five years ago in the summer. One day we toured the Olympic training grounds there and for part of the tour we walked through the ski jump area and got to see the view from the top. In the summertime, it looks like this:

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Insane.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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In the membrane.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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caryc wrote:
Insane.
Indeed.

Great picture. That hill looks even taller than ours. I'll upload some pics later...

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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For the record, the picture was pulled from the web but it's a great shot. I don't get vertigo at all but standing up there and looking down did unsettle me a little.

Also, if any of you ever get to Park City in the summertime, you should try the bobsled run. they have a sled with rollers. You go through a half-day course on the sled and then get to make the run. It's crazy awesome.

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 Post subject: Re: Ski jumping
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I've seen bigger.

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