Ski Jumping

If you’ve ever watched TV on Saturday afternoons in the 1970s, you’re sure to remember ABC’s “Wide World of Sports.” During the opening, the words “agony of defeat” showed Slovenian ski jumper Vinko Bogataj crashing off the ramp in 1970. Although the opening changed through the years, this crash clip was included in all of them.

If the show was still running, they might consider including Ukrainian Vitaly Shumbarets, who seemed to do OK in practice recently but ended up in the hospital after this practice jump gone bad yesterday

AP Photos by Dmitry Lovetsky

How ironic that the television production team for ski jumping is Slovenia SLV.