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Ski Jumping In a Nutshell

Ski Jumping, with athletes travelling the length of a football field through the air and then landing on the snow, is one of the most spectacular winter sports. It is a tricky blend of nerves, sheer power and a nearly scientific application of basic flight properties.

Ski Jumping has been on the program of every Winter Games, but Sochi 2014 will be the first time women can compete. In Chamonix 1924, the men's Normal Hill (70m) was contested. In Innsbruck in 1964, the Large Hill (90m) was added to the program and in Calgary 1988, the Men's Team Event (90m) was included.

From 1994 onwards, the scale of the hills changed with the Normal Hill being 90m and the Large Hill being 120m. The Team Event also used the Large Hill at 120m. Women’s Ski Jumping will be contested in Sochi, with one event - the Normal Hill.

Ski Jumping

Australian Ski Jumping History

Australia is yet to make an Olympic debut in Ski Jumping. The closest an Australian has come to competing in the event was with Hal Nerdal in 1960 who took part in the 60m jump as part of the Nordic Combined event.

Fast Facts

Ski Jumping Action
Days 1, 2, 4, 7, 8 & 10
Total Athletes
100 (70 Men, 30 Women)
Medal Events
4
Venues
RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre
Crowd Capacity
7,500

Schedule & Results

Start lists for Australian athletes will be available as soon as they are allocated. Please note this can be as late as within 24 hours before the scheduled start time of the event. Medal events, regardless of Australian participation, will also be displayed here.

(Local) / 12:00 AM (Sochi)
Men's Large Hill Ind. Trial for Comp.

Day 1, Feb 08 2014

(Local) / 7:15 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Normal Hill Ind. Trial Qual.
(Local) / 8:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Normal Hill Ind. Qual. Round

Day 2, Feb 09 2014

(Local) / 8:31 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Normal Hill Ind. Trial for Comp.
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Normal Hill Ind. 1st Round
(Local) / 10:47 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Normal Hill Ind. Final Round Medal Event
POL Kamil STOCH SLO Peter PREVC NOR Anders BARDAL

Day 4, Feb 11 2014

(Local) / 8:30 PM (Sochi)
Results
Ladies' Normal Hill Ind. Trial for Comp.
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Ladies' Normal Hill Ind. 1st Round
(Local) / 10:25 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Ladies' Normal Hill Ind. Final Round Medal Event
GER Carina VOGT AUT Daniela IRASCHKO-STOLZ FRA Coline MATTEL

Day 7, Feb 14 2014

(Local) / 8:15 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Large Hill Ind. Trial Qual.
(Local) / 9:30 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Large Hill Ind. Qual. Round

Day 8, Feb 15 2014

(Local) / 9:45 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Large Hill Ind. 1st Round
(Local) / 11:02 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Large Hill Ind. Final Round Medal Event
POL Kamil STOCH JPN Noriaki KASAI SLO Peter PREVC

Day 10, Feb 17 2014

(Local) / 8:15 PM (Sochi)
Results
Men's Team Trial Round
(Local) / 9:15 PM (Sochi)
Start List
Men's Team 1st Round
(Local) / 10:26 PM (Sochi)
Start List Results
Men's Team Final Round Medal Event
GER GER AUT AUT JPN JPN

Selection Info

It is not anticipated that Australia will qualify to compete in Ski Jumping in Sochi.

Events and Competition Format

Jumping competitions are decided by a combination of points for distance and style. Points for distance are determined by the length reached in relation to the jump’s critical (K) Point. The “K Point” is the construction point which determines the hill size and the points calculation for the distance achieved. Five judges award each jumper up to 20 points for style. Each competitor jumps twice, with the gold medal going to the jumper with the greatest aggregate points.

Jumpers glide down the in-run in a tucked position and at the end of the jump they launch their body further forward so they appear almost parallel to the ground in flight. They do not have ski poles to assist with acceleration. The skis are held in a ‘V-position’ during the flight, which is proven to be the most aerodynamic position. After about five seconds in the air, skiers land in a telemark position, where one ski is placed in front of the other, knees are bent, the body pressed forward and the movement smooth and precise. A jumper holds this position on the early part of the outrun but relaxes once he crosses the fall line, a marker on the outrun which signals the jump has ended.

Normal Hill Individual – Men and Women

The Normal Hill has a K-point between 75 and 99 metres. All athletes participate in a qualification round and 50 athletes advance through to the first round. After the first round the field is reduced to 30 athletes for the final round. From this round the athlete with the highest total score from these two jumps is declared the winner.

Large Hill Individual - Men

The Large Hill has a K-point larger than 100 metres. Like the individual normal hill there is a qualification round and 50 athletes advance to the first round. In the final round the field is reduced to 30 athletes. There are two jumps (first and final round), and the athlete with the highest total score is declared the winner.

Large Hill Team - Men

This event is usually contested on the large hill. There are four members on each team, and there are two jumps (first and final round). In the first round all teams start. In the final round the field is reduced to the eight best teams. The team with the highest total score over the eight jumps is declared the winner.

Qualification, Nomination and Selection

There is a maximum of 70 men and 30 women athlete quota places. Each nation can qualify a maximum of 9 athletes (maximum of 5 males and 4 females).

The qualification period is July 2012 – 19 January 2014. The International Ski Federation (FIS) will allocate quota places to each nation on Monday 20 January 2014.

After this date, Ski and Snowboard Australia will nominate athletes to the Australian Olympic Committee to fill the available quota places, provided the athletes meet the selection criteria.

It is not anticipated that Australia will qualify to compete in Nordic Combined in Sochi.

Read the qualification, nomination and selection criteria in full here:

Sochi 2014 – FIS Ski Jumping Qualification System >>

Ski Jumping

Equipment

Jumping skis

Manufactured especially for use on Ski Jumping hills. Skis with a length of maximum 146% of the total body height of the competitor can be used. The curvature and shape of the skis is restricted by certain geometric features. The jumpers need a defined body weight to be allowed to jump the maximum ski length.

Ski Jumping Suit

All portions of the Ski Jumping suit must be made of the same material and must show a certain air permeability and have a certain thickness as a maximum. The size of the suit must conform to the body shape in an upright position with certain tolerances.

Boots and Bindings

Skiers wear High-backed, flexible yet firm boots with a low cut at the front, to allow the skier to lean forward during flight. The binding must be mounted parallel to the run-direction, placed in such a way that maximum 57% of the entire ski length is used as the front part. A connection cord attaches the ski to the boot and prevents the wobbling of skis during flight.

Useful Links

International Ski Federation

Trivia

In Ski Jumping an athlete’s body weight and height determines the length of skis they can use.

Trivia

Norwegian Sondre Norheim is considered the father of modern Ski Jumping. In 1866 he won the world’s first Ski Jumping competition in Norway.

RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre

RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre

Located in Esto-Sadok village on the northern slope of the Aibga Ridge, the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre will host ski jumping and Nordic combined at the 2014 Games. The facility is located at the junction of two ridges in order to make the facilities fit well with the surrounding landscape and also protect athletes from side winds.

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