Ski Jumping/Non-olympic sport disciplineEVENTS
- Men's Normal Hill Individual
- Men's Large Hill Individual
- Women's Normal Hill Individual
- Women's Large Hill Individual
- Mixed Team Normal Hill
Ski jumping – a summer preview of winter emotions
A preview of winter in Zakopane – ski jumping at the 2023 European Games
The programme of the Kraków-Małopolska 2023 European Games includes individual, team and mixed team competitions. The arena of the competition will be two Jumping Hills in Zakopane: the nearly 100-year-old Wielka Krokiew and the Średnia Krokiew – both in the area of the Central Sports Centre in Zakopane.
The stands will accommodate as many as 15,000 spectators, who will be able to follow live the exciting competition of 111 top male and female athletes from all over Europe. Five summer days, from June 27 to July 1, will turn into a real feast for lovers of this iconic sport.
FROM 19TH-CENTURY NORWAY TO THE EUROPEAN GAMES – THE HISTORY OF THE DISCIPLINE
Ski jumping is a sport in which the main goal is to make the longest possible jump after accelerating and rebounding from the threshold of the hill. In addition to the length of the jump, judges also evaluate the style of the jump in three phases: flight, landing and departure.
Ski jumping has an extremely long and rich history. The cradle of winter classical competition was Norway, and it was also there that the first athletes using skis not only for skiing and running, but also for jumping, emerged. The first ski club, the Trysil Shooting and Skiing Club, was founded in the early 1860s.
Men’s ski jumping became an Olympic competition on the normal hill in 1924 (since 1964 it has also been so on the large hill), and since 1988 a team competition has been held. World championships have been held since 1925 on the normal hill, since 1962 on the large hill, and since 1982 as a team competition. The first Ski Flying World Championships have been held in 1972, and since 2004 team competitions have also been held as part of this competition.
Since 1994, the Summer Grand Prix, a series of competitions held in the summer season, has been organized as a counterpart to the winter World Cup, where jumpers accelerate in the inrun on porcelain tracks and land on a special plastic, igelite, covering the landing hill.