Minnesota Historia: Duluth’s Doomed Olympics Bid

WDSE-TV presents the story of an Olympics that never happened in a city that never stopped dreaming.

Minnesota Historia is a six-part web series dedicated to Minnesota’s quirky past. It is hosted by Hailey Eidenschink and produced/edited/written by Mike Scholtz.

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Kodiak

about 5 months ago

I enjoyed the irony of this and the historical footage.  I remember Big Chester.  The PDD post was also topical because my partner and I were just watching a travel program on TV that featured the Holmenkollen ski jump in Oslo, Norway and I was describing Chester Bowl.  It’s a great shame considering Duluth’s Olympic medalist ski jumpers that there are ski jumps no more. In the Zenith City.  

Also, could Lutsen host the Olympic downhill?

cork1

about 5 months ago

Based on the FIS International Competition Rules for Alpine, Lutsen could not host an Olympic downhill:

700 Downhill
701 Technical Data
701.1 Vertical Drop
701.1.1 Men's Courses
For Olympic Winter Games, FIS World Ski Championships and FIS World Cups:
- 800 m (in exceptional cases 750 m) – 1100 m

Wikipedia indicates Lutsen "is home to 95 runs across 4 mountains, with a maximum vertical drop of 825 feet," or 251 meters. 

It could host an Olympic, World Championship or World Cup slalom, but it doesn't have the elevation to hold the Downhill, Giant Slalom or Super-G.

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