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Paula Lamberg

In many sports, women have long since emancipated. They play soccer, boxing and weight lifting but in ski jumping the struggle for recognition with the sports federations was amazingly tough.

The Countess Paula von Lamberg ventured on the hill in in Kitzbuehel in 1911. She wore a long dress and jumped 22 meters - the first officially measured jump of a woman. Because of the enormous distances that they achieved with billowing skirts, she was internationally recognized known as the "flying Countess".

The Kitzbuehel born Countess Paula von Lamberg was among the first major new talent on the Kitzbuehel ski jump and is considered a pioneer of the women's ski jumping in Central Europe. She was born on 21 September 1887 born at Schloss Lebenberg in Kitzbuehel and died on 4 September 1927 in Berchtesgaden. Paula von Lamberg was the daughter of Hugo Anton Emil Imperial Count von Lamberg, Baron of Ortenegg and Ottenstein (Žichovice * 1853, † 1913 Kitzbuehel), and the Giulietta Contessa Brunetti (1857-1941).

The women's world record stands at 200 meters - set up by the Austrian Daniela Iraschko. Before this flight she had to overcome the prejudices of the jumpers and officials. Helmut Weinbuch, coach of the German Ski Association, maintained that the female spine was too weak to survive the landing. Gian-Franco Kasper, the Secretary General of the International Ski Federation was concerned about the uterus, which could suffer under the weight of landing.

 

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