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Flying on Skis

Posted February 24, 2010 1:00 AM by baumah

Flying on Skis

Soaring over 100 meters with nothing but a pair of skis may seem unimaginable, but for ski jumpers it's just another day at the office. Ski jumping has been a part of the Olympics since 1924, when the games were held in Chamonix, France in a contest dubbed the "I Olympic Winter Games".

Scoring

Ski jumping is scored based upon a number of factors, including distance, style, in-run length and wind conditions. Jumpers aim for a line known as the K line, which is at a distance of 80-100 meters for Normal Hill Competitions (NH), and about 120-130 meters for Large Hill (LH) events. Ski jumpers are awarded or penalized a point for every meter they travel further than or short of the K line. In an individual event, a skier jumps twice and the total score of the two runs is combined for the total.

Technique

The technique of ski jumping has evolved a great deal over the last century. In the early days, contestants would launch themselves and try to stand straight with their skis parallel and arms straight out to the side. Next came the Kongsberger technique. Developed by Jacob Thams and Sigmund Ruud, it involved the upper body being bent at the hip and the arms extended at the front. This improved jumping distance from around 45 meters to over 100.

The Kongsberger technique was used until 1950, when Andreas Daescher and Erin Windisch modified it by placing their arms backwards towards their hips. The final change to the style of ski jumping was in 1985, when Jan Boklov jumped with his skis in a V-shape instead of having them parallel. This created a 10% improvement on distance.

Ski Flying

In the Large Hill Competitions, skiers aim for a mark of about 120-130 meters, but on a "Ski Flying Hill" jumpers aim for a K line found at 185 meters. Bjorn Einar Romoten of Norway set the distance record in 2005 at 239 meters, which is 785 feet!

Resources:

http://www.abc-of-skiing.com/ski-jumping/history.asp

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ski_jumping

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02/26/2010 12:54 PM

When I was watching this Olympic competition the other day I thought about how much it looked like flying! It also inspired me to see how far I could go in this game on my Wii fit. :)

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02/27/2010 6:45 AM

The wii fit is a laugh isn't it? That bonkers game where you are a penguin on an ice floe trying to catch fish has me laughing and panting in equal measure.
I like the sports resort archery too, but I wish they had field shooting (e.g Animal targets in a woodland setting...not 'real' animals obvious 'pretend' animals so as not to upset anyone...)

Hmmm I'm rambling now, maybe 'cos it's pouring with rain...
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