In 2011, Norwegian ski jumper, Johan Remen Evensen, set the world record with this 808 foot ski flight. That is just shy of two and half football fields!
Ski Jumping Facts
- Ski jumping originated in Norway.
- The first record is credited to Olaf Rye, a soldier who set up a show spectated by his fellow soldiers in 1808, reaching 9.5 meters on Vardebakken hill in Eidsberg, Norway.
- Matt Nykanen (Finland) is the first ski jumper ever to collect three gold medals in one Olympics. (1988 Calgary Olympics)
- The first ski jump event to take place in the United States was on Feb. 8, 1887.
- Ski Jump landings are 35 to 36 degrees.
- There are hills where a jumper can fly 400 feet but never be higher than six feet above the landing.
- Most of the elite ski jumpers weigh no more than 150 pounds. Thomas Morgenstern of Austri patted his stomach. He is among the larger jumpers at 6 feet ½ inch and 147 pounds.
Crashes in ski jumping. Mazoch,Morgenstern,Goldberger and other jumpers.