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Jumping competitions are held each weekend through winter at a dozen or more locations ranging from the big Olympic jumps in Lake Placid, New York to ten and twenty meter jumps, sequestered in the New England hills, where nine year olds vie for blue ribbons or lollypops.
The competition schedule includes big hill meets in Lake Placid NY, Brattleboro VT, Laconia NH and Salisbury CT as well as jumping on smaller hills at all of these locations, plus New Hampshire towns: Lebanon, Hanover, Andover, Conway and Newport. In Maine, find jumping in the Rumford area. New England prep schools with ski jumping are Proctor Academy in Andover, NH, Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, VT Holderness School in Plymouth, NH and Gould Academy in Bethel, ME
Anyone living in the Northeast U.S. and wishing to get involved in the exciting sport of ski jumping should contact one of the Eastern Ski Jumping Clubs.
If you don't live in snow country but would like to try ski jumping as part of your weekend activities, contact Casey Colby, coach at the Olympic Jumping complex in Lake Placid or call (518)-523-1900. (The answer you hear may include the mysterious word "NYSEF" which stands for New York State Ski Educational Foundation.)
If you live in the midwest, you can find ski jumping activity in Fox River Grove, Illinois,
(outside of Chicago). In Wisconsin, in Madison, Westby, Eau Claire, Iola and Waupaca.
Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth and Coleraine, Minnesota have active jumping programs, as do
Ishpeming and Iron Mt. in the upper peninsula of Michigan. You can find a
list of midwest clubs with contacts and phone numbers
at SkiJumpingCentral.com, the web page of Central Division jumping.
The U.S. Ski Association web site offers a list of clubs, organized by state, and telling whether the clubs support ski jumping and other activities.
Answer: A ski jumper
(ski length 250 cm or more, width more than 4 inches, weight 6 to 10 pounds each)
Question: Who uses the narrowest, lightest skis in the entire ski sport?
Question: Who uses both of these?
Nordic Combined ski competition combines ski jumping with cross country ski racing (modern skate technique). The sport requires the boldness and coordination to fly through the air at 40 to 60 miles per hour and the skill and stamina to skate a hilly course of up to fifteen kilometers at speeds from 5 to 20 mph. The contrast between these two halves of Nordic Combined could not be more dramatic. It would be like competing in three meter springboard diving and then swimming a 5000 meter race.
Nordic Combined competition starts with the ski jump. Later in the day, or the next day, the skiers start the cross country race, handicapped according to their jumping scores, so that the first skier across the finish line is the winner. This kind of head to head racing is not common in special cross country races, where a staggered start is used, and the winner is not known until the last finisher crosses the line and all the times are corrected for the stagger.
Next, learn a little about ski jumping hills.
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