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The World Gliding Championships is a gliding competition held every two years or so by the FAI Gliding Commission. The dates are not always exactly two years apart, often because the contests are sometimes held in the summer in the Southern Hemisphere.

Gliding had been a demonstration sport at the 1936 Summer Olympics and was due to become an official Olympic sport in the Helsinki Games in 1940. However since the Second World War, gliding has not featured in the Olympics, and so the World Championships are the highest level in the sport. There are now contests for six classes of glider and so in recent years the Championships have been divided between two locations. The women's, junior, grand prix and aerobatic events are also held separately.

Contents

World Championships

Each of the following entries give the year and location of the contest followed by the winner of each class, nationality and the glider used.

(This is thought not to be a true world championship and was just an 'International Competition'.)

  • 1950 Örebro, Sweden
    • Winner: Billy Nilsson, Sweden; Glider: DFS 108 Weihe
  • 1958 Leszno, Poland
    • Open Class Winner: Ernst Haase, West Germany; Glider: HKS-3
    • Standard Class Winner: Adam Witek, Poland; Glider: SZD-22 Mucha Standard
  • 1960 Cologne/Köln, West Germany
    • Open Class Winner: Rodolfo Hossiger (Rolf on his Swedish passport) nickname "El Sueco", Argentina; Glider: Slingsby Skylark 3
    • Standard Class Winner: Heinz Huth, Federal Republic of Germany; Glider: Schleicher Ka 6
  • 1965 South Cerney, United Kingdom
    • Open Class Winner: Jan Wroblewski, Poland; Glider: SZD-24 Foka 4
    • Standard Class Winner: Francois Henry, France; Glider: Siren Edelweiss
  • 1972 Vrsac, Yugoslavia
    • Open Class Winner: Göran Ax, Sweden; Glider: Schempp-Hirth Nimbus-2
    • Standard Class Winner: Jan Wroblewski, Poland; Glider: SZD-43 Orion
  • 1999 Leszno, Poland
    • World Class Winner: Henry Julien, France; Glider: PZL PW-5
  • 2001 Gawler, Australia
    • Club Class Winner: Peter Masson, UK; Glider: DG-101

A list of future events is available here

World Grand Prix Gliding Championships

Gliding Grand Prix is a rather new type of gliding competition. It has simpler rules and a more spectacular appearance than conventional soaring competitions.[1]

Women's World Championships

From 1979 to 1999 women's gliding competitions were held as International European Women's Gliding Championships.[3]

  • 2001 Pociūnai, Lithuania
    • Club Class Winner: Tamara Sviridova, Russian Federation; Glider: SZD-48 Standard Jantar
    • Standard Class Winner: Sarah Steinberg (now Kelman), Great Britain; Glider: Schleicher ASW 24
    • 15-metre Class Winner: Gillian Spreckley, Great Britain; Glider: Schempp-Hirth Ventus-2

Junior World Championships "JWGC"

From 1991 to 1997, international junior gliding competitions were held as European Junior Gliding Championships.

FAI World Glider Aerobatic Championships

World Glider Aerobatic Championships take place every two years since 1985 under the auspices of the FAI. They are administrated by the FAI Aerobatics Commission "Commission Internationale de Voltige Aerienne" (CIVA)[5]. The 2001 championships were part of the World Air Games. Since 1994, European Glider Aerobatic Championships are held in the years between the World Championships.

See also

European Gliding Championships

References

  1. ^ FAI: 1st World Sailplane Grand Prix in Saint Auban and Salon Européen du Vol à Voile - accessed 2008-04-11
  2. ^ FAI World Grand Prix Gliding Championship 2007 - accessed 2008-04-11
  3. ^ http://www.aweu.org/ext_files/Gill_van_der_Broeck_History_of_the_Women.pdf - accessed 2008-02-15
  4. ^ site
  5. ^ Website of the FAI Aerobatics Commission (CIVA) - accessed 2008-03-09
  6. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=163 - accessed 2008-02-15
  7. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=163&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-15
  8. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=161 - accessed 2008-02-15
  9. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=158 - accessed 2008-02-15
  10. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=156 - accessed 2008-02-15
  11. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=156&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-15
  12. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=155 - accessed 2008-02-15
  13. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=155&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-15
  14. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=147 - accessed 2008-02-15
  15. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=147&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-15
  16. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=221 - accessed 2008-02-15
  17. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/chronology.asp?id=705 - accessed 2008-02-15
  18. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=705&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-15
  19. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/chronology.asp?id=1224 - accessed 2008-02-15
  20. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=1224&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-15
  21. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/chronology.asp?id=1167 - accessed 2008-02-15
  22. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=1167&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-15
  23. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=2265 - accessed 2008-02-02
  24. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=2265&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-02
  25. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/EventDetails.asp?id=3795 - accessed 2008-02-02
  26. ^ http://events.fai.org/aerobatics/fullresults.asp?id=3795&gender=o - accessed 2008-02-02
  27. ^ http://segelkunstflug.mediacluster.de/d/430 accessed 2009-10-26

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