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Ski Jumping

Ski jumping is a form of skiing in which an athlete will take off a ramp and jump as high and far as possible. Winning the competition involves displaying the best style and reaching the farthest distance. The sport has four parts: in-run, take-off, flight, and landing. Ski athletes from different parts of the world compete in the Winter Olympic Games.

This sport started in Norway when a Norwegian lieutenant named Olay Rye showcased himself flying 9.5 meters. Now, after two centuries, the sport has developed into a popular Winter Olympic sport.

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Athletes take off from three different types of hills. They have different calculation lines and different maximum landing distances. First, in the normal hill competitions the athletes may reach a distance of over 110 meters. In the large hill competitions, jump may reach over 145 meters. And lastly, the ski-flying competitions in which you may reach a distance of over 186 meters.

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