The ski jumping events at Lausanne 2020: All you need to know

On top of the individual competitions, read more about the two mixed team competitions coming to the Youth Olympic Games in January.

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Ski jumping is not for the faint-hearted.

From zero to 90km/h in a matter of seconds, skiers then take flight and look to make every centimetre count.

Precision is paramount, and the slightest mistake can be the difference between medalling and crashing out.

It makes for essential viewing, and ski jumping will be on show at Lausanne 2020 in the form of the individual events as well as two mixed team competitions.

The individual competition

Taking place on the normal hill, there is a trial round before the scored first and final rounds. The winning ski jumper has compiled the most points from the two scored rounds based on the following, as per the Lausanne 2020 website:

Slovenian duo Ema Kilnec and Bor Pavlovcic won gold at Lillehammer 2016, while at the senior Olympics, Norway and Finland have been the dominant nations since it began in 1924.

Ski Jump & Nordic Combined Team Competition

With one trial round and two scored rounds, 20 teams are expected to compete in the ski jump and Nordic combined team event. Teams feature a male and female ski jumper, plus one male Nordic combined athlete. The female ski jumpers go in the first group, male ski jumpers the second group, and the Nordic combined athletes the final group. The trial round is not mandatory, but after the first round only the top eight teams qualify for the final round. The team with the most combined points from both rounds wins gold.

How does the Nordic Mixed Team NH 4x3.3km work?

Six athletes from one nation compete together for gold: one male and one female cross-country skier, one male and one female ski jumper, and one male and one female Nordic combined athlete. The Nordic combined athletes take part in both events, first taking to the normal skill for the ski jump before joining their cross-country compatriots. The ski jumping is always first, and those combined scores are used to determine the time differences when starting the 4 x 3.3km relay race in the cross-country skiing.

Ski jumping schedule at Lausanne 2020

Sunday, January 19

10:30 - 13:00 Women’s Individual Competition

14:00 - 16:00 Men’s Individual Competition

Monday, January 20

10:30 - 13:00 Nordic Mixed Team NH 4x3.3

Wednesday, January 22

10:00 - 11:00 - Ski Jump & Nordic Combined Team Competition