Sochi Cheat Sheet: Ski Jumping
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The Sochi Games are on and you'll be watching some sports you haven't seen for the last four years, if ever. Don't worry! We have you covered.
Impress your friends, family and co-workers (or, all three, if you're one of the Dufour-Lapointe sisters) with these interesting tidbits from ski jumping competition, which continues Friday with qualification in the men's large hill event.
1. When did ski jumping become part of the Winter Olympic program?
They have been a part of the Olympics since the inception of the Winter Games, starting in 1924 in Chamonix, France.
2. What's does"NH" and "LH" stand for?
That would be "Normal Hill" and "Large Hill." They are the measuring size of the hills; a normal hill is anywhere from 85 to 109 metres, while a large hill is 110- to 184m. At the Winter Games, the men have events on both, while the women use only the normal hill.
3. What's new this year?
An entire gender! For the first time in history, women will be in competition at an Olympic Games in ski jumping. For years they had been the forerunners for the men, i.e. trying out the jumps before the men started to compete. For a little more on the progression of women's ski jumping, check this out.
4. Who are the favourites for the very first women's Olympic competition?
Japan's Sara Takanashi has dominated the World Cup circuit this season, winning eight of the last 11 events she competed in. The other three? Two silver and a bronze. Nuff said.
5. Who are Canada's ski jumpers?
Canada's first female ski jumping team consists of Atsuko Tanaka, Alexandra Pretorius, and Taylor Henrich, all of Calgary.
The men are led by Mackenzie Boyd Clowes, Dusty Korek, Trevor Morrice, all of Calgary, and Matthew Rowley of Red Deer, Alta.
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Boyd-Clowes is the only Canadian ski jumper to ever eclipse the 200m mark, jumping for 205m in February of 2013.