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Skiing – Ski Jumping

Skiing – Ski Jumping

Ski jumping was born in 1860 when Norwegian Sondre Norheim, the father of modern skiing, built the first measured jump and flew 30 metres without poles over a rock. Ski jumping has been part of the Olympic Winter Games since the first edition in Chamonix in 1924.

Skiing – Nordic Combined

Skiing – Nordic Combined

As its name suggests, Nordic combined features two disciplines of skiing – ski jumping and cross-country skiing – that have their roots in northern Europe.

Skiing – Freestyle

Skiing – Freestyle

Freestyle skiing is believed to have been born in the 1930s when Norwegian skiers would perform acrobatic moves while training for alpine and cross-country skiing. Exhibitions of “hot dogging” would eventually lead to organized competitions before freestyle skiing would be officially recognized by the International Ski Federation (FIS) in 1979.

Skiing – Cross-Country

Skiing – Cross-Country

Cross-country skiing has been used for thousands of years as a way of getting around on snow. The oldest skis, found in Russia, are believed to be more than 6000 years old. Cross-country skiing as a sport began in the mid-19th century, at about the same time that it was brought to North America.

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