Saturday, January 01, 2022

The unpredictability of ski jumping

Ski jumping is fascinatingly unpredictable. I admit I'm a dilettante about why someone suddenly starts jumping five meters further than everyone else and then just as suddenly loses that advantage – but even the experts and the athletes themselves seem at a loss to explain such unpredictable shifts in performance. At this year's Vierschanzentournee (which I watch every year), Austria's Stefan Kraft, who won the tournament in 2014-2015, had been having a good season so far but even failed to qualify for today's final in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, while Slovenia's unheralded Lovro Kos, who had never finished higher than eighth in a World Cup event before, has finished sixth and then third so far. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 1 January 2022)


Lovro Kos tretji v Garmisch-Partenkirchnu
Lovro Kos at Garmisch-Partenkirchen today

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