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Ski flying championships start tonight

By  Unsigned,   Thursday, 21 February 2008

The 20th FIS Ski Flying World Championships begin tonight (February 21st) with an opening ceremony.

It is the fifth time that Oberstdorf in Germany is hosting the four-day championships and up to 80,000 spectators are expected.

The Heini Klopfer Ski Flying facility has recently been renovated and now boasts a wider tower, new floodlights and snow-making machines.

Claus-Peter Horle, president of the FIS organising committee, said: "It will be the first time that the FIS Ski Flying Championships will be held at night.

"The new floodlight installation was installed in mid-January and consists of six masts with a height of up to 40 metres."

Heini-Klopfer is the second-largest ski jumping hill in the world.

Around 80 athletes from 18 nations are expected to participate in the FIS Ski Flying World Championships.

The championships will finish this Sunday, February 24th.