Ski jumping represents a unique fusion of physical elegance, athleticism and sheer, reckless courage, as contestants fling themselves high into the air over Alpine settings, seeking to fly as far as humanly possible. If you have ever wanted to watch the world's elite jumpers in action, doing so is easy, with events like the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup and the Winter Olympics. Book your spot now with StubHub to watch legends of the sport.
Ski Jumping tickets: A little background information
Ski jumping seems insane on first glance. Competitors strap themselves into their skis and descend ramps, then fling themselves into the air, down slopes that range from 45 to 170 metres in length. This can sometimes mean flying as far as 200 metres, while still retaining the right form and style. It's quite a challenge, as well as being one of the most hazardous sports on earth.
The sport is governed by the International Ski Federation (FIS), who help to organise major events during the Alpine sports calendar (November through March). These include the Ski Jumping World Cup (founded in 1978), which includes around 30 events spread out across the season. Most of them are in central Europe, but you can catch the sport's greats in the USA and Russia as well.
Then there's the Olympics, probably the greatest prize in ski jumping. Held every four years in a different Alpine setting, the Olympics take place on a K-90 hill (with a 70 metre ramp) and always attracts the leading jumpers of the day.
Great occasions in the history of ski jumping
Ski jumping is one of those sports which has attracted legends around its major competitors, who are seen as a mixture between great athletes and daredevils. One of the greatest of all was Sondre Norheim, regarded as the founder of the modern sport. Norheim, who died in 1897 invented what became known as the "Telemark" method, a position which achieved maximum aerodyamic efficiency.
However, Norheim's distances pale in comparison with today's jumpers. Big names like Thomas Morgenstern (who has won 12 World Championship and Olympic medals) and two time Olympic winner Simon Ammann have often bettered 230 metres, and constantly threaten world records. When you buy ski jumping tickets, you're always likely to see something spectacular.
And you might see something inspiring too. For instance, ski jumping has attracted eccentrics like Britain's Eddie "the Eagle" Edwards - lacking skill but not heart. You can cheer them on, as well as the elite jumpers when you attend the sport's marquee events.