Ski Jumping can be traced back to 1860 when Sondre Norheim of Norway, considered the Father of Ski Jumping, flew 30 meters. Check out a great article from Canada's Ski Magazine dated February 1953, to see some of the transformations over the past 57 years by downloading this article: PDF Article About The Flying Hickories
Ski Jumping competitions are judged on distance and style points. The "K" term is the critical point between the take-off point, and the point on the outrun where the hill begins to flatten out. The average takeoff speed on the K89 is 84 km/h. Jumpers follow the hill's contour and are seldom more than 3 meters off the ground. COP has 5 jumps; the K18 for beginners, the K38 for beginner and development jumpers, the K63 for development jumpers, and the K89 for world class international competitions. The k114 at COP is no longer operational.
In the 1800s, a small and obscure group of winter athletes travelled from ski carnival to the next in a competitive circuit. They specia-lized in ski jumping and cross-country skiing, two popular Nordic fields of competition. It was a show of athletic mastery and ability.
Today, competitions are won based on Ski Jumping distance and style points combined with a Cross-Country skiing time. Athlets start the cross-country race based on their jumping finishing position. The first place jumper starts first and the following skiers are staggered behind based on a points to time conversion determined from their jumping points. The first skier to finish wins the event.
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