Ski jumping is a Nordic skiing sport that has been featured in the Olympics since 1924, but has origins that can be traced much farther back. (Nordic skiing requires equipment with toe of the ski boot fixed to a binding allowing heel to lift off the ski, and includes sport of cross-country and Telemark skiing) In 19th century Norway, the first ski jumping competitions were held, and on November 22, 1808 in Eidsberg, Norway, the first ski jump of 9.5 meters (31 ft) by Danish military war hero, Olaf Rye, was recorded. Much has changed since that day as evolving technique and equipment have allowed ski jumpers to achieve greater and greater distances. ‘Ski flying’, a popular competitive winter sport in Slovenia and Norway, is an offshoot of ski jumping with the added danger of larger hills and longer jump distances.
What’s it like to take-off from a steep hill and fly through the air with a pair of skis strapped to your feet? Jumping the K120, a short video filmed at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex, will give you an up-close perspective on just how high, fast and really scary the large hill ski jump really is.
In competition, each ski jump is divided into four segments: inrun, take-off (jump), flight, and landing, and is judged on distance as well as style, inrun length, weather and wind conditions. Scores from each skier’s two competition jumps are combined to determine a winner. [Info: “How Does Scoring Work? by Kenneth J. Anderson, Ski Jumping USA] The current world record ski jump is 253.5 metres (832 ft), set by Austrian, Stefan Kraft, on March 18, 2017 at Vikersundbakken in Vikersund, Norway.
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If you missed the live stream broadcast of 2018 US Cup 5 Hills Ski Jump tournament on January 30, there’s still time to watch a video recording of the competition. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button on the video player below ↓
Three weeks after the World Cup, the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup 2017-18 began on December 15, 2017 in Steamboat Springs, Colorado USA, a fixture of the World Cup calendar in the 1990s and early 2000s and host of five World Cup B/Continental Cup events from 2002 – 2010. It’s an important pre-Olympics event that attracts some of the best athletes in the world. The exciting HS 75 jump kicked off the competition December 15-17. If you missed it, there’s still time watch video recordings. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or the posts on the video players below ↓
The Olympic season kicked off in the USA on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at the Large Hill (HS134-meter, men & women) US Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park ski jumps in Park City. If you missed the live broadcast, there’s still time to watch a recording of the event. Just click/tap the “Watch Again” button or the posts on the video player below ↓
⇒ The 2018 Winter Olympics (PyeongChang 2018) is underway (February 9-25, 2018) and it’s cold and windy in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. Check out the Olympic Ski Jumping Schedule → here
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