When Granerud’s Winter Is Delayed, Geiger and Co. Next weekend with snowboarding in the Slovenian mecca for snowboarding, some ski jumping enthusiasts from the area will remember the good old days. Long gone are the times when ski jumpers fought for the highest scores at the ice-jumping facilities in Giesing, Altenburg or Sebnitz, which were often cheered by several thousand spectators. With the turning point, our area’s ice skating is over. “Biathlon, bobsleigh and ice skating were the preference,” remembers Wolfgang Strauss, longtime head coach from Altenburg. “Many ski jumps in our area had to be renewed. Meanwhile, there were new standards for hill construction. The sport was aggressively promoted during the East German era. The coaches were given free time for training and competitions. Often an indoor bus drove us athletes, helped Local craftsmanship in repairs. That stopped with the fall of the Berlin Wall, “recalls Oliver Boehm, who was the last to jump from the Eastern Urs to the Mathematical School in Klingenthal.