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During a ski jumping event, each competitor executes two jumps and points are awarded for style and distance.
track braking zone outrun critical point finish area norm point landing area judges’ stand coaches’ stand landing slope take-off table inrun start platform ski jump

braking zone click to hear

Transition zone between the finish area and the outrun; the braking zone is the area where the ski jumper regains balance and decelerates.

outrun click to hear

Wide, relatively flat area where the skier can stop safely.

critical point click to hear

Point that marks the length of an ideal jump; points are deducted when the landing is short of or added when the ski jumper lands beyond the critical point.

finish area click to hear

Part of the landing area where ski jumpers land; distance markers allow officials to determine the length of each jump.

norm point click to hear

Point marking the start of the finish area.

landing area click to hear

Steep slope in the middle of which the ski jumpers land; it is divided into several sections.

judges’ stand click to hear

Stand reserved for judges; five style judges specifically evaluate take-off precision and control, flight position and landing quality.

coaches’ stand click to hear

Stand from which coaches observe the jumps executed by the athletes.

landing slope click to hear

Upper part of the landing area; the ski jumper should fly over it during a jump but it does provide a safe landing area in the event of a short jump.

take-off table click to hear

Flat surface at the bottom of the ski jump that slopes at an angle of about 10°; the skier takes off from it.

inrun click to hear

Part of the ski jump that allows the jumper to generate the speed required for takeoff; its average incline is 35° to 40°.

start platform click to hear

Top of the inrun where ski jumpers make their starts; the starting point is established by officials before each event.

ski jump click to hear

Extremely steep artificial track that is covered with snow; Olympic events are held on a large ski jump (120 m) and on a normal ski jump (90 m).