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Ski jumping tournament at Iola Winter Sports Club

Jumpers take part in the 57th annual Winter Carnival celebration in Iola on Feb. 4, 2018. (WLUK/Jessie Basinski)

IOLA (WLUK) -- With the 57th annual Winter Carnival celebration underway the Iola Winter Sports Club hosted its ski jumping competition Sunday.

Over 100 people came to compete in the tournament.

The jumpers reached speeds of 40 miles-per-hour as they glide on 200 feet of stainless steel tracks before flying through the air.

As the competition continues, the jumps get harder and higher.

Organizers say the tournament is a great way to get back to the ski club's roots.

"The ski club is over 110 years old and it started out as a ski jumping club and so there's the heritage, you know that's here," said Phillip Johnsrud, Iola Winter Sports Club president.

Despite Saturday's fresh powder, on Thursday the sports club had to use its single-snow machine to cover the landing for Sunday's competition.



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