This January, Ljubno will transform into one of the most important Slovenian sport venues for the seventh year in a row. Those of us who call Ljubno our home, and who are proud of our town and its people, are well aware of the significance of this number.
The tradition of ski jumping has impacted Ljubno ob Savinji for over 80 years, intertwining its daily life and setting roots deep in the mindset of the locals. This is also reflected in the beautiful design of the ski jump that rises above the town and gives it a distinguishable mark, which makes the people of Ljubno especially proud.
The year 1931 has a special place in the history of Ljubno. As soon as the first skis and bindings arrived in Ljubno, a competition was organised in which the most daring skiers also competed in ski jumping.
The everyday life of people of Ljubno is closely connected to ski jumping. Therefore, it is not surprising to see that SSK Ljubno BTC in Upper Savinja Valley is the training centre of one of the most promising young ski jumpers.
Last year, I was more than thrilled and happy to watch our Slovenian girls jump in Ljubno, where they fulfilled our not so quiet wishes. All the girls successfully passed the qualification round, and then achieved three historic podium placements on the renovated ski jump. Including the first Slovenian victory in Ljubno! I was overcome with emotions. My hometown of Ljubno grew even closer to my heart and got bigger not just in my eyes but also in the eyes of women's ski jumping fans.
The goal we set ourselves in Ljubno last year has been reached with great success. Together, with loads of effort, plenty of resources, and especially a lot of love for ski jumping, which the people of Ljubno have felt for more than 80 years, we managed to set up a new, modern ski jumping centre, with the ski jumping hill renovated to meet FIS standards. To top it off, the Slovenian eagles rewarded our efforts with the highest podium spots. I am glad that the national ski jumping centre is becoming not only a home to ski jumping, but also the cradle of talent and a knowledge exchange hub for excellent athletes, who make us proud and carry the name of Ljubno and Slovenia to the very top of international ski jumping.