The ski jump events are a perennial favorite at the Winter Olympics event and athletes are preparing to wow both spectators and judges at the 2018 version in PyeongChang. Ski jumping provides some of the most exhilarating moments of any Olympic tournament and this year should be no different with skiers from 21 countries competing.
Ski jumping is one of the oldest Winter Olympics events. The 1924 games in Chamonix, France held the first ski jumping event – a single jump from Le Tremplin Olympique du Mont. Twenty-seven skiers from nine different nations competed in this first ski jump, with Norway taking home both gold and silver. Norway had originally been awarded the bronze as well, but in 1974, Olympic reviewers discovered a mistake and awarded the bronze to Anders Haugen of the United States, who had just turned 86. Haugen traveled all the way to Norway to accept his medal 50 years after the event had taken place.
Ski Jumping at the PyeongChang Olympics
The 2018 Olympics will hold four ski jumping events, three for men and one for women. Both sexes compete in the individual normal hill jump, but men will also compete in a team jumping event and an individual large hill jump. Here’s a list of events and their scheduled times:
Men’s Normal Hill Individual:
- Official Training Jumps – 7-8
- Qualification – Feb. 8 7:30-8:40 a.m. ET
- Medal Rounds – Feb. 10 7:35-9:20 a.m. ET
Men’s Large Hill Individual:
- Official Training Jumps – Feb. 14-15
- Qualification – Feb. 16 7:30-8:40 a.m. ET
- Medal Rounds – Feb. 17 7:30-9:15 a.m. ET
- Medal Round – Feb. 19 7:30-9:15 a.m. ET
Women’s Normal Hill Individual
- Trial Round – Feb 12, 6:35 a.m. ET
- Competition Round – Feb 12, 7:50 a.m. ET
- Medal Round – Feb 12, 8:35 a.m. ET
This year, 100 athletes from 21 countries will jump in PyeongChang. Germany, Japan, and Slovenia lead the competition with 9 representatives, followed by Austria, Italy, and the Athletes from Russia. The United States is sending 7 jumpers, but only veteran Sarah Hendrickson has Olympic experience. Poland and Germany dominated the ski jump in the 2014 Sochi games, splitting the gold medals in the four combined men’s and women’s events. Austria took home silver in both the men’s large hill and women’s normal hill.
How to Watch
With the games on NBC, cord cutters will have no shortage of options. Games will be on the NBC family of networks (NBC, CNBC, NBC Sports) and NBCOlympics.com is dedicated to streaming live events. Full viewing schedule will be available closer to the opening ceremonies.
For Cord-Cutters, here’s a list of services that allow you to stream the Olympics. The 2018 Olympic Games are on NBC. Here are the streaming services that carry NBC:
For more details about these services and details about the Olympic Games, visit our main 2018 Winter Olympics page.