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Ski Jumping is an extreme winter sport that originated 1860 when Sondre Norheim, the original ski jumper, jumped thirty meters with out poles. After he did this, the sport became a popular thrill for sports enthusiasts seeking a thrill. Two years following his amazing jump the sport was launched when the first ski competition was held in Trysil, Norway. Over the years people have become more efficient in their style to their jumps. Now the most common style involves bending at the hips and making a V-shape with your skis beneath you in order to minimize air drag and maximize lift.
Ski jumping consists of a person skiing down a hill and flying off of a jump at high speeds, which can result in dangerous accidents that make wearing helmets a very wise decision due to the large amount of head injuries in the sport. In order to get the longest possible jump jumpers use long, heavy skis with free-heel bindings that allow the heal to raise off of the ski, but keep connection between the specialized ski jumping boots and the skis. These heavy skis enable the jumper to have more momentum. Most boots allow for the jumpers to raise their heel in the boot by having a sturdy boot that it flexible and has a high back and a low cut front. They wear a tight fit jumpsuit made out of the same material for the entire suit to keep air resistance to a minimum.
In ski jumping you are given scores based on your technique, style, length, and height of your jump. In ski jumping you are penalized for being extremely light, a claimed advantage for ski jumpers. In a ski jump competition there is a target that a skier aims for known as the K line. For by surpassing this line you gain points and by falling short you are deducted points. Jumping conditions are also calculated into the score and these variables are snow quality, wind, and current precipitation. The objective is to fly as far as possible with the most technically clean style.
the video above explores the dangerous side of ski jumping and the possibilty of what can happen if losing control in the air
Four of the eight members of the 2002 U.S. Ski Jumping team hail from Steamboat Springs, Colorado.
From 1924 through 1960, there was only one special ski jumping event, the 90m, on the Olympic program.
At the 1988 Calgary Olympics, Matt Nykanen (Finland) produced the greatest performance in Olympic ski jumping history. Nykanen stormed the field to win the 70m and 90m events, then led Finland to the first-ever team gold and became the first ski jumper ever to collect three gold medals in one Olympics.
A jump lasts less than 30 seconds, but the flight is breathtaking. Ski jumpers launch themselves from hills 90 and 120 meters high.
At the 2002 Olympics, the Ski Jump competition was located at 7,350 feet in Utah Olympic Park which is the highest of any World Cup venue in the world.