Author of giant hill in Planica dies aged 89

Janez Gorišek, a civil engineer who designed the giant hill in Planica in the late 1960s together with his older brother Vlado and is considered a pioneer of ski flying, has died aged 89.

The giant hill in Planica was built in 1969 as the largest such facility in the world at the time and paved the way for a new discipline, ski flying, that the International Ski Federation (FIS) recognised as an official event in 1971.

Janez and Vlado, who died in 1997, also designed the ski centre for the 1984 Olympic Games in Sarajevo and worked on approximately a hundred other ski jumping...

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