Imagine flying through the air for more than the length of a football field with wind and flurries impeding your balance and vision. That picturesque blanket of white that you see is nice for the viewer, but imagine having to navigate it without air traffic control. (At least NASCAR drivers are on the ground.) The ski jumping competitions are divided into normal hill and large hill events. The winner of the large hill will sail approximately 400 feet from takeoff to landing.
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Two things: First, it's enough that ski jumpers should be able to survive their more than 100-meter flights of survival, but their sport also demands they do so with style. (Yes, judges award up to 20 style points for each jump). Skiers who want to achieve the maximum have to hit a perfect telemark landing. Second, these will likely be the last Olympics
Normal hill final round: Feb. 13