SKI JUMPING BETTING AT LV BET
Ski jumping is a winter sport first contested in Norway in the late 19th century, spreading across Europe and North America soon after. Competitors descend from a specially designed ramp in an attempt to achieve the longest possible jump. As well as the distance covered, style and technique are also a factor in the scoring process.
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THE HISTORY OF SKI JUMPING
Skiing was a prehistoric activity used for transport, hunting and warfare — the oldest known pair of skis dates to approximately 8000BC, discovered in Russia. Ski fragments and rock carvings depicting skis have also been found in Sweden, Norway and Finland, indicating the early importance of skiing to humankind in the north. Skiing has also been employed in the military, with records dating back to the Battle of Oslo in the early 13th century
As a sport, skiing also developed in northern regions, with records of the first military competitions held in 1767. These competitions were the forerunners of the modern biathlon, which combines skiing and shooting. Half a century later, a Norwegian-Danish military officer and war hero Olaf Rye launched himself 9.5m (31.17ft) into the air in Eidsberg, Norway. What may have been just a recreational, fun activity for Rye became the world’s first recorded ski jump and the beginning of an entirely new sport.
Over the next few decades, ski jumping became one of the traditional Nordic skiing disciplines, and the first-ever ski jumping competition was held in 1866, Hoydalsmo. The event was won with a distance of 19.5m (63.98ft) achieved by Sondre Norheim, who was one of the most influential figures in the sport for his technological innovations and improvements to technique. Norheim and another Nordic skier, Karl Hovelsen, eventually emigrated to the United States and further developed the sport across the pond.
The sport’s governing body is the Fédération internationale de ski (FIS), which is responsible for setting the international competition rules and oversees the Olympic disciplines of Alpine skiing, Nordic combined, freestyle skiing and snowboarding as well. Ski jumping made its first appearance in the 1924 Winter Olympics in Chamonix, France, won by Norway’s Jacob Tullin Thams.
As of 2021, 118 national ski associations are members of the FSI, hosting numerous ski jumping competitions every year.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE SKI JUMPING HILL
Ski jumping competitions take place on a special ramp, called the hill. The hill has an in-run at the top (the jumping ramp), where the athlete runs down to generate sufficient speed; the take-off table, where the jumper launches into the air; the landing slope, where the skier descends; and the out-run, which may be flat or uphill, allowing the jumper to slow down and stop. The landing slope is curved in a way that closely follows the profile of the ski jump, meaning that the skier is never more than 6m (20ft) above the ground.
The construction point, also known as the critical point or simply K-point, is a line on the steepest part of the hill that competitors aim to reach, indicating the length in metres. The K-point is also used to determine the number of points awarded and was previously used to classify the hill sizes.
There are five hill sizes with different K-points: small (up to K-45), medium (up to K-74), normal (up to K-99), large (up to K-169) and ski flying hills. The latter are the largest and most challenging hills, of which there are only five in the world as of 2021. Any hill that measures over 185m (607ft) with a construction point of over 170m (558ft) is a ski flying hill.
THE ART OF SKI JUMPING
Usually, five judges evaluate the distance travelled and award up to 20 points for style, based on the steadiness of the skis, balance, body position and landing execution; some competitions also factor in the in-run and wind conditions. The highest and lowest scores are dropped, and the three remaining scores are added to the distance score. The distance score is primarily dependant on the K-point; jumpers are awarded 60 points for landing on the K-point on normal and large hills, for example, and 120 points for reaching the mark on flying hills.
SKI JUMPING RECORDS
Extra points are awarded for every metre beyond the K-point, depending on the hill. As of 2021, the record-holder for men’s ski-jumping is Austria’s Stefan Kraft with a jump of 253.5m (831.69ft); for women’s ski jumping, the record is held by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz with a distance of 200m (656.16ft), achieved during a World Cup event where Iraschko-Stolz represented Austria.
MAJOR SKI JUMPING TOURNAMENTS
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FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup is the pinnacle of ski jumping competitions, which includes the FIS Ski Flying World Cup as part of the event. The event first took place in 1979/80 for men, and in 2011/12 for women. The men’s season begins in November, and the women’s in December.
The Raw Air tournament is a 10-day tournament in ski jumping and ski flying as part of the FIS World Cup. Held since 2017, the event takes place on four Norwegian hills: Oslo, Lillehammer, Trondheim and Vikersund. The results of this competition take into account the total scores obtained in individual and team competitions, as well as in qualifying.
FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix
Ski jumping can also take place during the summertime on artificial surfaces. The in-run is porcelain, and the grass on the landing slope is covered with water-soaked plastic. The FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix is the highest level of summer ski jumping competition, contested annually since 1994 for men and since 2012 for women.
FIS Nordic Ski World Championship
The Nordic Ski World Championship is a biennial event, including three disciplines of Nordic skiing: cross-country skiing, ski jumping and Nordic combined (cross-country and ski jumping). The event usually runs from late February until early March.
Four Hills Tournament
The Four Hills tournament, sometimes referred to as 4-Hills, is a German-Austrian ski jumping competition held annually since 1953. The tournament comprises four World Cup events, and the champion is the skier who obtains the most points over the four events.
Winter Olympic Games
The Winter Olympic Games feature four ski jumping events: men’s and women’s normal hill, men’s individual large hill and team large hill. As with all Olympic sports, Olympic ski jumping promises nothing but the best of athleticism and jaw-dropping, record-breaking moments.
SKI JUMPING SPORTS BETTING
Ski jumping may be challenging to wrap your head around at first, but the scoring and betting markets are relatively straightforward. In the individual events, the winner is the jumper with the highest combined score over two jumps; in team events, the winners are determined by combining the scores of each person on the team. Aside from the distance jumped, other factors play a role in each participant’s final score, such as style and technique.
Despite the seemingly straightforward objective of achieving the longest jump, betting on ski jumping can be unpredictable. The jumpers are evaluated based on a complex scoring system that incorporates distance, style and other factors, like form and wind conditions. Ski jumping is also one of the sports with the fewest consecutive winners, so don’t be surprised if you see favourites drastically change from one event to the next.
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