What's it all about?
Imagine going down a huge waterslide at full speed, then jumping off it and flying through the air like a bird. Sounds pretty fun, right? Well that's what ski jumping is all about.
How it's playedCarousel with 7 slides.
The sport: Ski jumpers launch down a big ramp and then take off into the air. These athletes are going for distance, style and accuracy.
The events: Men compete in normal hill individual, large hill individual, and team large hill. Women compete in normal hill individual. New to Beijing 2022 is the mixed team event where men and women compete together.
The equipment: Jumping skis, which are wide and long. Plus, a special ski jumping suit, gloves, goggles and ski boots that allow for leaning all the way forward. And of course, a helmet!
The strategy: It’s not just about distance. Ski jumpers can be awarded extra points for good body position in the air and upon landing.
The points: Ski jumpers aim to land their jumps at what's called the K point. If they land on the line, they get 60 points. For every metre short or beyond the line, they lose or gain points.
The athletes: This sport requires good technique, which means athletes need to worry about takeoff, timing, form and landing.
Did you know? Canada has yet to win any medals in ski jumping. The best finish by a Canadian was 7th place in Calgary 1988.
Things to watch for
Look Mom, I'm flying!
- The longest ski jump ever was by Austrian Stefan Kraft at 253.5 metres 2017.
- The longest jump by a woman was Slovenian Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, at 200 metres.
- And the first ever recorded ski jump back in 1808, was just 9.5 metres, by Olaf Rye.
Strike a pose
- Most skiers hold their skis in a wide V shape during a jump.
- This improves their aerodynamics as they fly through the air, helping them go further.
- They land in the Telemark position, with one leg in front of the other and one knee bent.
Impress those judges
- Five judges give a full score of up to 20 points based on flying, landing and style.
- In the new mixed team event, teams consist of two men and two women.
- Then their scores are all added together to determine the result.
Only one ski jumper has ever received a perfect set of style points in Olympic competition. Japan's Kazuyoshi Funaki got 20.0 from all 5 judges on his second jump in Nagano 1998.
The weather matters in ski jumping! Points can be added or subtracted to the final score if wind and weather conditions are good or bad.
Women first competed in ski jumping at Sochi 2014.