Ski jump By: Derek and Tate
Ski jump • Ski jumping is a sport in which skiers go down a take-off ramp and attempting to fly as far as possible. • In addition to the length that skiers jump, judges give points for style. • After people developed new skills to soar farther and jump higher this sport became part of the Winter Olympics. • The very first proper competition was held in Trysil in 1862. • Today Ski jumping comes in three different forms; Normal hill competitions, large hill competitions, and Ski-flying competitions. • Women’s ski jump is not allowed in the Olympics currently because the International Olympic Committee cited the low number of athletes as well as few participating countries in the sport.
History • Ski jumping originates from Morgedal. • Norway. Olaf Rye, a Norwegian lieutenant, was the first known ski jumper. • In 1809, Olaf Rye launched himself 9.5 metres in the air in front of an audience of other soldiers. • By 1862, ski jumpers were tackling much larger jumps and traveling longer. • Norway's Sondre Norheim jumped 30 meters over a rock without the benefit of poles. His record stood for three decades. • The first proper competition was held in Trysil in 1862. • The first widely known ski jumping competition was the Husebyrennene, held in Oslo during 1879, with Olaf Haugann of Norway setting the first world record for the longest ski jump at 20 meters. • The annual event was moved to Holmenkollen from 1892, and Holmenkollen has remained the pinnacle of ski jumping venues.
Technique • The ski jump is divided into four separate sections; 1) In-run, 2) Take-off (jump), 3) Flight and 4) Landing. • In each part the athlete is required to pay attention to and practice a particular technique in order to maximise the outcome of ultimate length and style marks.
Equipment • Ski jumpers use heavy jumping Skis specially designed for this Skiing Discipline. Skis are about 252 cm long and geared up with free-heel bindings. • Like Jumping Skis, there are also Ski Boots manufactured for use on Ski Jumping. A Ski jumper must have Ski Boots that allow him to lean forward during a flight. These Ski Boots are flexible but firm, high-backed, and with a low cut at the front. • As for the Ski Bindings, make sure that they are mounted in such manner that more than half of the Ski Length is used as the front portion. Likewise, they should be fastened parallel to the run-direction. As part of the Ski Bindings. there should be a connection cord, or the one which prevents the Skis from quivering during a flight.
Equipment 2 • Ski jumpers require aerodynamic stretch Ski Jumping suits. The entirety of the Ski Jumping suit must be made of the same material. Comfort and fit matter in Ski Jumping suits so pay attention to the size. It should suit comfortably well to your body. • Do not forget to wear a helmet. As mentioned before, head injuries are one of the most common injuries which occur in Skiing, and wearing a helmet can definitely reduce your risk of getting head injuries. • Do not bother in acquiring Ski Poles. Surely you need not have Ski Poles in jumping off large ramps, through the air, and then coming down on a landing hill.
Location • The Vancouver 2010 ski jump will be held in Callahan valley where the ski jump ramps are already built.
Women's ski jump • Ski jumping is the only activity in the Olympic Winter Games that does not allow women to compete. • The reason for the rejection cited the low number of athletes as well as few participating countries in the sport. The Executive Board noted that women's ski jumping has yet to be fully established internationally. • It has been noted that while the number of women in ski jumping is not insignificant, the field has a much wider spread in terms of talent, in that the top men are all of a similar level of strength competitively,
Rules/Scoring • Ski jumpers below the minimum safe body mass index are penalized with a shorter maximum ski length, reducing the aerodynamic lift they can achieve. These rules have been credited with stopping the most severe cases of underweight athletes, but some competitors still lose weight to maximize the distance they can jump. • The winner is decided on a scoring system based on distance, style, in run length and wind conditions. • In the individual event, the scores from each skier's two competition jumps are combined to determine the winner.
Future of Ski jump • You never know if another version of ski jump will be made and if women will be able to join this event there are many possibilities. The End