Skiing is a well-known winter sport. It has been an integral part of people living in colder regions. It has evolved from being just a means of travel to an Olympic sport event. We can date back skiing to the ancient times when wooden planks of different shapes and sizes were in use. Over times, skiing has evolved a lot. Today there are different types of Ski Jump, all of which are the part of the Olympics. Nordic skiing, alpine skiing, slalom, and ski jumping are all different types of skiing.
Ski jumping is a very competitive sport. In this, the competitor has to ski down a ramp, which then curves upwards towards the air. The place where the ramp curves upwards are called the takeoff point. They have to jump off the ramp from there and try to cover as much as horizontal distance in the air as possible. After this, the length from the takeoff point to the landing point gets carefully measured. Then the contestant who covers the most horizontal distance wins the competition. The venue where we hold the ski jump competitions is called a hill. It consists of a jumping ramp, a takeoff table, and a landing hill.
Over the years the techniques of ski jumping have changed a lot. Earlier contestants used to jump with keeping the skis parallel to each other, and the hands stretched in front of them. Nowadays, competitors prefer different technique. They use the “V” formation in recent years, which has become very common among the competitors.
History of Ski Jump
Ski jumping first got selected as a winter Olympic event in 1924. When a more significant hill got added to the venue, the game got split into two events, namely large-hill jumping and small / normal-hill jumping. This event receives contested as both individual and team ski-jump events in the Olympic. Under Federation Internationale de Ski (FIS) world championships for ski jumping began in the mid-1920s and a world tour for the same got established.
Like most games, here also women were not allowed to take part in the sport from the starting. Women got permission to take part in this sport as late as in 2009. In 2011 women’s ski jumping was added to list of Olympic event in Sochi, Russia. There can be a significant risk in traveling downhill at such high speeds. Therefore the judges have the authority to lower the takeoff point. This will lessen the potential speed of the players. In addition to this, we also take other precautions. For example, the length of the ski should not exceed a certain length, and the suit thickness is also kept within a specific range.
The contestants get points on various aspects like whether the skier touches the ground with the hand while landing or not. Moreover, if he or she does that points are deducted. Even if the contestant does not land with one foot in front of the other, the judges deduct points.