March 1970 in Sports History...An Immortal Crash
Well, that ski jumper was Yugoslavian Vinko Bogataj, and the mishap was from a competition in Oberstdorf, West Germany in March of 1970. And luckily for sports television, ABC picked the footage as its go-to example of the potential disaster of sport.
Eventually a painter, Bogataj the ski jumper may not have won that 1970 competition, but he did earn a memorable place in sports history cherished by legions of sports fans. Wide World of Sports, with its Bogataj clip in use to its end, finished in 1998. That image of 'defeat' is immediately what I remember most of the show.
Oberstdorf remains a prominent ski jumping and flying competitive destination.