Taking the leap of Faith
What Is Ski Jumping
Ski Jumping began in Norway in the 1860s when a man named Sondre Norheim, considered the father of ski jumping, jumped 30 meters without poles over a rock. Shortly afterwards, the first ski jumping competition was held in the town of Trysil in Norway. http://wiki.answers.com/Q/How_was_the_sport_ski_jumping_started
Ski jumping has been included in the Winter Olympics since the 1924 games in Chamonix ,France. Upon addition of a second, much bigger hill to the 1964 Olympics, the event was split, creating large-hill jumping and normal- (or small-) hill jumping. Competitions are held on carefully graded and prepared hills, classed according to the distance from the takeoff point that most skiers could travel and still land safely; most senior international events, including the Olympics, are contested at (393.7 and 295.275 feet)—large hill and normal hill, respectively. Both individual and team ski-jump events are contested at the Winter Olympics. World championships for ski jumping began in 1925 under the governance of the Fédération Internationale de Ski (FIS), and a World Cup tour was established in 1980. Women did not compete in ski jumping at the FIS world championships until 2009, and in 2011 women’s normal-hill ski jumping was added to the schedule for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi,Russia . http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/547509/ski-jumping
Sarah Catherine Hendrickson Born August 1, 1994 is an American ski jumper, 2013 World Champion and a member of the Visa Team. Sarah was born in Salt Lake City, UT. She attended Park City High School until 2011 when she began competing in World Cup competitions for Ski Jumping, at which time she moved to The Winter Sport School In Park City, where she graduated in November 2012.
Sarah took 1st place on December 3, 2011 in Lillehammer and won her first World Cup ski jumping overall in season 2011/12. She has 13 World Cup wins in total. She also has two individual victories from the Continental Cup in Zakopane and Bischofsgrun.
It was announced on January 22, 2014 that Sarah was one of three women to make the U.S. Olympic ski jumping team competing at the 2014 Winter Olympics .[2 ]http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarah_Hendrickson