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.
Sometimes referred to as the ‘flower of ski sports’, Ski Jumping will be held at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre at the PyeongChang Mountain Cluster in front of a 13,500 capacity crowd.
Looking to defend his 2014 Olympic title in both the Normal Hill and Large Hill events is Polish skier Kamil Stoch. Stoch is still in strong form, having won silver on the overall FIS Ski Jumping World Rankings for 2017.
In the women’s competition, German Carina Vogt will look to defend her 2014 Olympic crown, but having finished fifth in the overall 2017 FIS Ski Jumping World Rankings, she will be facing tough competition from the Japan duo and Sochi 2014 Olympians Sara Takanashi and Yuki Ito who finished the season ranked first and second respectively.
The top countries vying for individual and team glory are the always competitive nations of Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovenia and Japan.
Qualification, Nomination & Selection
Australia is not anticipating qualifying any Ski Jumping athletes for PyeongChang 2018, however details on the qualification process can be viewed here >>>.
Competition Format & Events
Ski jumping is a form of Nordic skiing where the skier glides down a 35 - 37° ramp at 90Km/h to jump and fly as far as they can go from the launching zone to make a stable landing in the landing section. 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. 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, as far in front of the K-Line as they can manage.
There are 4 ski jumping events in the Olympic Winter Games: Men’s Normal Hill Individual, Ladies’ Normal Hill Individual, Men’s Large Hill Individual and Men’s Team. Distance scoring is based on the K-Point system.
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. Skiers earn 2 extra points per 1m they fly beyond the K-line and lose 2 points per 1m they land short of the K-line.
Large Hill Individual - Men
This event is contested on the large hill, which 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. Skiers earn 1.8 extra points per 1m they land beyond the K-line and lose 1.8 points per 1m they land short of the K-line.
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.
Australia and Olympic Ski Jumping
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.
Pre-PyeongChang AUS Tally
6 (Days -1, 1, 3, 7-8, 19)
Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
- Medal Events
4 (4 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze)
- Total Athletes
100 (65 men & 35 women)
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