Who is Adolf Hoch? Whatīs his connection to the innsbruck freeware project?
Here a Picture of the Skijump Stadium.
What is the olympic art competition?
The Olympic Games of the modern ages first took place in the beginning of the 20th century within the world fairs.
The games enriched the world fairs to provide more attractive events. Consequently not only sportive/athletic disciplines formed this early olympic games but also Arts and crafts disciplines as well as an architects competition.
All this Disciplines had been awarded with medals in Gold, Silver and Bronze, there was no difference to the athletic disciplines. The last olympic games with that kind of art competition where that of 1948. The later olympic games didnīt feature other non-athletic disciplines, the athletic/sportive disciplines where far more popular than the arts and crafts competition.
At the olympic games in 1948 my Grandfather won the Olympic Gold Medal (architects competition) for the Sprungschanze auf dem Kobenzl (skijumpstadium on the "cobenzl" - hill) Project.
Here a Link to the austrian olympic museum with a feature about that.
He won austrias only gold medall for a male competitor in 1948, for the ladies Herma Bauma won a gold medal (javelin throw). Off course it was the last gold medal ever awarded in the art discipline in history.
The first time the medals were hung around the necks of the victors was at the Rome Olympics in 1960. On that occasion a chain made of laurel leaves was designed to suspend the medals on. Today, a coloured ribbon is often used. Before 1960, the medals had been presented in a special case. Here a picture of the 1960 gold medal (photo by the olympic museum)
At the right side a picture of the Gold Medal my Grandpa won in 1948 (Front u. Backside). Off course without an eye for a ribbon. (Photo by Stefan Rausch)
What was this skijump project all about?
It was the worlds first Skijumpstadium design where the athlete was visible by the audience through the whole phase of the jump.
In a more scientific than architectural work my grandfather develloped a solution for the visual problem of skijump stadiums.
It was a radical new solution for a skijump stdium. A Solution for the visual problem of skijumpstadiums was considered as impossible before that design.
IOC President Eckström (right)
presents the Goldmedal to Adolf Hoch (left)
This new stadium concept paved the way for the devellopment of skijumping as an extremly popular Sportevent.
Beside of that the stadium provided a multipurpose arena system. It was possible to transform the stadium into a boxing arena or a concert arena.
All skijumping stadiums constructed after 1948 featured elements of this conceptional design.
(If you look e.g. at the stadium of Innsbruck / Berg Isel, you will find nearly all elements)