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Ski Jumping

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Over the past hundred years, ski jumping has evolved enormously with different jumping techniques allowing jumpers to achieve ever greater distances.

Beginnings in Norway

The origin of ski jumping can be traced to Ole Rye who jumped 9.5m in 1808. Norwegian Sondre Norheim is widely considered the father of modern ski jumping. In 1866 he won what has been described as the world’s first ski jumping competition with prizes, held at Ofte, Høydalsmo, Norway.

Early pioneers

After World War I, Thulin Thams and Sigmund Ruud developed a new jumping style known as the Kongsberger Technique. This involved jumping with the upper body bent at the hips, a wide forward lean, and with arms extended at the front with the skis parallel to each other. Using this technique Sepp Bradl of Austria became the first to jump more than 100 metres when he jumped 101 metres in 1936.

Further improvements

In the mid-1950s, Swiss jumper Andreas Daescher became the first jumper to hold the arms backwards close to the body with a more extreme forward lean. Then in 1985, Swedish jumper Jan Bokloev started spreading the tips of his skis into a “V” shape. Initially ridiculed, this technique proved so successful that by 1992 all Olympic medallists were using this style.

Olympic history

Ski jumping has been part of the Olympic Winter Games since the first Games in Chamonix Mont-Blanc in 1924. The normal hill competition was included on the Olympic programme for the 1964 Innsbruck Games. From 1988, the team event was added as a third competition.




Ski Jumping - Men's Large Hill - Final - Stoch Wins Gold

Highlights of the Men's Ski Jumping Large Hill final from the RusSki Gorki Jumping Centre as Poland's Kamil Stoch wins the gold medal at the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.

Medal Winners:
Gold: Kamil Stoch (POL)
Silver: Noriaki Kasai (JPN)
Bronze: Peter Prevc (SLO)

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Ski Jumping - Men's Team - Germany Win Gold

Highlights of the 1st Round and Final Round of the Men's Team Ski Jumping as Germany Win Gold at the Russki Gorki Jumping Centre during the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.


Vancouver’s Hero: Simon Ammann

"Two Gold medals, eight years after his first double in Salt Lake City: Salt Lake City’s triumph in Vancouver confirmed him as one of the greatest Ski Jumpers in the Olympic History! The Swiss paid a visit to the Olympic Magazine to relive his unbelievable Golden Moments. Copyright IOC/EBU "

Malysz - One of the Most Sucessful Ski Jumpers of the World

Adam Malysz is considered one of the most successful ski jumpers of the world, he started collecting Olympic medals since Salt Lake City 2002, where he received a bronze and silver in individual normal and large hill respectively. Eight years later, he went on to win 2 more medals, silver in both individual normal and large hill in Vancouver 2010, bringing his total to four Olympic medals. Adam Malysz (POL) - Ski Jumping - Salt Lake City 2002, Turin 2006, Vancouver 2010
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Toni Nieminen - Youngest Winter Olympic Champion

At 16 years of age, Toni Nieminen of Finland secures the large hill individual gold medal, becoming the youngest winter Olympic champion. Nieminen executes a 120m and a 123m jumps to win the event, Martin Hollwarth claims the silver medal and Heinz Kuttin the bronze. Ski Jumping K120 Individual (90m) Men's Final - Albertville 1992 Winter Olympics - Toni Nieminen (FIN), Martin Hollwarth (AUT), Heinz Kuttin (AUT)
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Matti Nykanen Becomes an Olympic Legend

Matti Nykanen of Finland went down into Olympic history at the Calgary 1988 Games. Nykanen went on to win 3 Olympic gold medals, becoming the first ski jumper to win several gold medals at a single Olympics. In the normal hill event he claimed the Olympic title by 17 points, he won the large hill by 16.5 points and along with teammates claimed the gold medal in the team event inaugural event. Matti Nykanen (FIN) - Ski Jumping - Calgary 1988

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