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The suicidal ski jump

On the slopes we may have bragged about mastering the odd black run (while snowploughing) but truth be told, we're not quite as adept as we'd like to be with our skis on.

Which is why we might politely decline a go on this death-defying ski jump, recently erected in Norway.

The village of Holmenkollen has long been known as one of the foremost locations for ski jumping yet in 2005 it was denied the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships as their current hill didn't meet the correct height standards. By 2007 a competition began for the design of a new ski jump and Copenhagen firm JDS Architects on the bid.

The new jump has finally been unveiled and it's a pretty awesome sight to behold. On the first day of jumping tests, the record of the longest jump made at Holmenkollen was broken; over 120 metres.

Needless to say, the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships are now being held back at Holmenkellon once again. Freeze-frame ending.

(Images: JDS Architects)

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