Ski Jumping at PyeongChang 2018
Venues: Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre
Competition Dates: February 8, 10, 12, 16, 17 (Days -1, 1, 3, 7-8)
Events: 4 (3 men, 1 women)
Ski jumping at the Olympic Games is contested on two different hills, designated as “normal” and “large” based on the furthest distance that a jumper is able to safely travel. Normal hills are between 85m and 109m while large hills are greater than 110m.
Results are based on both the distance travelled as well as the jumper’s body position in the air and upon landing. Each hill has a K-point based on its size (95m for normal hill; 125m for large hill). A jump to the K-point is worth 60 points. Five judges evaluate each jump for style on a scale of 0 to 20. The highest and lowest scores are dropped with the rest added together. Distance and style points are added together to get the total jump score.
In the men’s individual normal and individual large hill, there is a qualification round and a final round. The top 10 jumpers in the World Cup standings are automatically advanced to the final where they are joined by the top 40 from qualification. The final consists of two jumps, but only the top 30 after the first jump advance to the second jump. The highest combined score from the two jumps wins.
In the women’s individual normal hill, only 35 jumpers qualify for the Olympic competition which is a final consisting of two jumps. The highest combined score from the two jumps wins.
In the men’s team large hill, each team consists of four jumpers whose scores are added together to determine the team score. The top eight teams after the first jump advance to compete in the second jump. The highest combined score from all eight jumps wins.
Canadian History (Pre-PyeongChang 2018)
Canada has not yet won an Olympic medal in ski jumping. The country’s best ever result was recorded at Calgary 1988 where Horst Bulau placed seventh in the men’s individual large hill. It was also at those Games that Steve Collins posted Canada’s best result in the men’s individual normal hill, placing 13th. In the Olympic debut of women’s ski jumping at Sochi 2014, Atsuko Tanaka placed 12th.