Spencer Matthews King of the Snow Hill
15th March, 2017
Conqueror of the Austrian ice and snow
Congratulations to Spencer Matthews for proving that, when it comes to winter sports, the British are as game as any other nation. If you don’t quite recognise the name, he is one of the stars of Made in Chelsea who this week proved he had what it takes to win Channel 4’s The Jump title.
So-called celebrities have had to compete over the last few weeks in a variety of winter sports where their common enemy was the snow and ice of Innsbruck in Austria. Ski-ing, the skeleton bob, snow cross, ski aerobatics, ski cross and the infamous ski-jump were amongst the disciplines the competitors had to face.
Ski-jump record for Matthews
Matthews upset the odds and soared past Olympic gymnast Louis Smith with the last ski jump of the series landing at 18.98m, beating Smith by 93cm and also breaking The Jump’s all-time record that was previously held by actor Sid Owen, who played ‘Ricky in EastEnders.
Whilst impressive for a novice ski jumper Matthews’ jump pales into the shadows when compared to the distances the experts fly. Poland's double Olympic champion Kamil Stoch claimed the prestigious Four Hills ski jumping tournament in January with a final round jump of over 138 metres!
British inventors of snow sports
But it should come as no surprise to us that the British appear to embrace winter sports with such gusto because it’s believed that we invented many of them which still exist today.
Bobsleighing and the luge, were invented by the British in St Moritz, Switzerland, in the 1800s, after hotel owner Caspar Badrutt persuaded his guests that the resort could be a fun destination in winter as well as summer. Looking for something to do, the guests began adapting local sleds and speeding down the village's lanes. After one too many collisions with locals, Badrutt built a special ice track for their activities, which is still open today.
And curling is thought to have first been played in medieval Scotland. Kilsyth Curling Club, which was established in 1716, claims to be the oldest club in the world.
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