Ski Jumping is all about technique and focus as athletes hurl themselves down ramps and fly through the air for hundreds of meters. One of the original Winter Olympic sports, it has been in the Games ever since 1924, although women have only been allowed to compete since 2014. Nordic Combined requires athletes to compete on the ski jump as well as racing in a cross country event.

Ski Jumping

Ski Jumping features three Men’s events - the individual K120 jump (from a 90m ramp) and K90 jump (from a 70m jump), as well as the K120 team event. Women compete in a K90 jump, which was first introduced at Sochi 2014 and as part of the new Mixed Team competition. Though the main factor in the competition is the length of jump, points are also awarded for style in the air, landing and outrun. Upon leaving the ramp (with a steep 37 degree angle) the jumpers can reach speeds of up to 90kph. The current men’s world record for a jump is 253.5m and the women’s is 200m.

Nordic Combined

Nordic Combined is one of the oldest ski disciplines in the Olympics and, as its name suggests, it combines two sports - cross country skiing and ski jumping. Traditionally it is a sport favouring the Nordic countries, where it is extremely popular. There are 4 Nordic combined events in the Winter Olympics - 2 Individual K90 and K120, which both include a 10km cross country race and 2 team events, the men’s relay which uses the K120 jump followed by a 4x5km relay, and the Mixed Team event which was introduced in 2014. The Mixed Team sees each team fielding one male and one female ski jumper taking one jump, one male and one female Nordic skier completing a 3.3km loop, and one Nordic Combined athlete competing in both segments of the event.