World's Longest Ski Jump Can Send a Person Flying for 800 Feet


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Vikersundbakken -- the world's highest ski jump -- opened this past week in Norway. Its staggering 440-foot height allowed champion jumper Johan Remen Evensen to set a new world record by jumping 797 feet. The above video shows that jump. You can watch more videos about Vikersundbakken and the sport of ski jumping at the link.

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I once climbed up the stairs to get to the top of one of those things (Holmenkollen, Oslo). No elevator! That was terrifying enough, just getting up to the place they jump FROM, forget jumping!

Just look at the 'still' of the video clip (the one I see), at his form when he's in the air – he's almost completely flat forward, parallel to his skis. Woah! It's a crazy sport.
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Vonskippy, jumping and gliding are the main parts of the sport (plus landing, of course). Not only does a sack of potatoes lack all the aerodynamic properties of a horizontal human body with spread skis, but also the significant boost for it's trajectory a jump at the edge gives. It's all a question of vectors and forces and muscle and skill.
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