CeramTec Supplies Ceramic Inrun Track System for Olympic Ski Jumping
The one-track inrun system is made out of ceramic nubs that are arranged in a scientifically tested design.
CeramTec has equipped the ski jumping hills for the XXIII Winter Olympic Games, which will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, from February 9-25, with its ALOSLIDE® ICE ceramic inrun track system. The system was developed and produced by subsidiary CeramTec-ETEC in Lohmar. It reportedly provides perfect jumping conditions all year, no matter the weather.
The ski jumping center at the Alpensia Jumping Park was built in 2009. Tracks at both the Normal Hill (90 m) and the Large Hill (120 m) are equipped with the ALOSLIDE ICE technology. The one-track inrun system is made out of ceramic nubs that are arranged in a scientifically tested design. A cooling unit is integrated into the system. It creates a stable layer of ice that is 20 mm thick throughout the ski jumping season. This layer is made from the humidity on the heavily cooled track. There is no need for additional ice or snow. An integrated milling cutter and brushes prepare the ice and regulate its thickness. The system can be switched easily from summer to winter operation or vice versa. No layer of ice is formed in the summer; jumpers glide down the take-off ramp right on the ceramic nubs.
The Olympic competitions in Pyeongchang will start on the Normal Hill with the Men’s and Women’s Individual Jumps on February 10 and 12. The Men’s Large Hill Individual Jump comes next on February 17. Two days later, the grand finale will take place at the same location, the Men’s Team Jump.