‘How are ski jumps evaluated’

Ski jumping has been captivating Poles for many years now. While watching the competitions, we often do not understand how jumps are scored and what points are awarded or deducted. Let’s provide an answer.

A skier receives points for distance, style, and additional points in the form of a bonus. Their sum represents the final score for an individual jump. It is worth noting that the score cannot be negative.

Points for the distance of a jump are calculated as follows: for reaching the so-called construction point of the hill, the skier earns starting points. On standard hills, this is 60 points, while on large hills it is 120 points. Then, for each additional meter beyond the construction point, extra points are added depending on the hill. On K-90 hills, 2 points are added, on K-120 hills it’s 1.8 points, and on large hills it’s 1.2 points. Similarly, these points are deducted for each meter below the construction point of the hill. It is important to note that the length of the jump is measured from the take-off point to the back heel of the skier’s boot upon complete contact of the entire length of the ski with the ground, with an accuracy of half a meter.

Points for style (known as notes) are awarded by judges. Jumps are evaluated by five judges. The highest and lowest scores are not taken into account, and the remaining three are summed up. A single note from one judge ranges from 0 to 20 points.

The bonus consists of positive or negative points that are awarded depending on favorable wind conditions (negative points) or unfavorable wind conditions (positive points), as well as any changes to the starting platform.


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