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TedStriker1/09/2019 5:12:23 pm PST

re: #307 The Very Reverend Battleaxe of Knowledge

Who was the ski jumper in the titles of The Wide World of Sports for like 40 years? Czech, wasn’t he?

re: #308 teleskiguy

Vinko Bogataj. He’s Slovenian.


Bogataj competed as a Yugoslav entrant at the ski flying event in Oberstdorf, West Germany on 7 March 1970. A light snow had begun falling at the start of the competition, and by the time Bogataj was ready for his third jump on the Heini Klopfer hill, the snow had become quite heavy. Midway down the inrun for his jump, Bogataj realised that the conditions had made the ramp too fast. He attempted to lower his center of gravity and stop his jump, but instead lost his balance completely and rocketed out of control off the end of the inrun, tumbling and flipping wildly, and crashing through a light retaining fence near a crowd of spectators before coming to a halt. Bogataj suffered a mild concussion and a broken ankle.[2]

A film crew from Wide World of Sports was recording the event in which Bogataj crashed. The show featured an opening narration by host Jim McKay over a montage of sports clips, and co-ordinating producer Dennis Lewin inserted the footage of the crash to coincide with the words “…and the agony of defeat.” Throughout the show’s long history, various images were used for the other parts of the narration, including for “the thrill of victory…”, which directly preceded the above phrase and was often accompanied by images of the celebrating team at the most recent Super Bowl or World Cup, but after that point, the “agony of defeat” was always illustrated by Bogataj’s failed jump.[1] Later on, other clips were added to the “agony of defeat”, but Bogataj’s crash was always featured and always the first played.

I loved this part:

The melodrama of the narration—which became a catchphrase in the US—transformed the uncredited ski jumper into an American icon of bad luck and misfortune. Meanwhile, having retired to his quiet, private life in Slovenia, Bogataj was unaware of his celebrity, and so was surprised to be asked to attend the 20th anniversary celebration for Wide World of Sports in 1981.[2] He received the loudest ovation of any athlete introduced at the gala,[2] and attendees such as Muhammad Ali asked him for his autograph.[1]