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Ski Jumping

Through heavy snowfall, Kaori Iwabuchi leans all the way forward on her skis while flying through the air.
Kaori Iwabuchi of Japan makes a jump during the ladies' normal hill individual ski jumping final at PyeongChang 2018. (Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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 played

Things to watch for

Peter Prevc of Slovenia competes in the ski jumping men’s team large hill event at PyeongChang 2018. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Peter Prevc of Slovenia competes in the ski jumping men’s team large hill event at PyeongChang 2018. (Clive Mason/Getty Images)

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.
Noriaki Kasai of Japan celebrates after landing a jump during the ski jumping men’s team large hill event at PyeongChang 2018. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
Noriaki Kasai of Japan celebrates after landing a jump during the ski jumping men’s team large hill event at PyeongChang 2018. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

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.
Maren Lundby of Norway makes a jump during the ladies' normal hill individual ski jumping final at PyeongChang 2018. (Lars Baron/Getty Images)
Maren Lundby of Norway makes a jump during the ladies' normal hill individual ski jumping final at PyeongChang 2018. (Lars Baron/Getty Images)

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.
Action packed facts.
  • 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.

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