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Best Winter Olympic sport for me?

 
 
johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 02:57 pm
@oralloy,
I would really like to do ski jumping though. But the closest club is in connecticut or new york.
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roger
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 03:41 pm
@johnnybigbro22,
johnnybigbro22 wrote:

For ski jumping don't you have to have long legs?


No. The skis you jump over are not that high. You don't have to jump them when they are vertical.
johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 05:32 pm
@roger,
I was just asking, because every ski jumper I watch, they have a small upper body, but LONG legs.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 05:51 pm
@johnnybigbro22,
oic. Maybe the costumes, erm uniforms are just cut to be very low rise. I swear, the way kids today wear their pants halfway to their knees, it looks like they don't have legs at all.
johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 05:57 pm
@roger,
Haha ikr. They think they are so cool. I ought to just run up and kick them in the butt. Then maybe that will make them wear their pants a little higher. So which do you think is better for me to work on, the ski jump or cross-country?
oralloy
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 06:06 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:
oic. Maybe the costumes, erm uniforms are just cut to be very low rise. I swear, the way kids today wear their pants halfway to their knees, it looks like they don't have legs at all.

It's aerodynamics. The best Ski Jumpers are very tall and very skinny.

But with Nordic Combined, where the athletes have to do both Ski Jumping and Cross Country, the ability to ski Cross Country is just as important as aerodynamics.
roger
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 06:47 pm
@johnnybigbro22,
I won't even try to answer that one. Speaking for myself, I'm leery of situations involving irrevocable decisions. When you stand at the top of the jump and look down, you've got a decision to make. Once you start moving, well, there's no changing your mind.
oralloy
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 06:54 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:
I won't even try to answer that one. Speaking for myself, I'm leery of situations involving irrevocable decisions. When you stand at the top of the jump and look down, you've got a decision to make. Once you start moving, well, there's no changing your mind.

I don't know what would be involved in getting started in such a sport, but perhaps they start with small jumps and gradually increase them (all the while making sure form and technique are all in order). That way, by the time you get to where you are doing a BIG jump, it is something that you can easily handle.

(It's nothing I could ever do either.)
roger
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 07:06 pm
@oralloy,
I dunno about small steps. I make the guess that the first step has to build enough velocity to get you soaring instead of dropping off the end. Again, just guessing cuz I'm sure not going up there to find out.
farmerman
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 07:14 pm
@roger,
ski jumpers start with liking moguls . I always tried to ski around em unless I had to get over something. The old NASTAR slopes used to have a small jump area. The Olympic places like Lake Placid once had two or three different sizes (like diving boards)


Heres a picture of the Lake Placid ski jumping training areas. The ski jump areas are in two valleys with about 4 different size jumps. The actual training for jumping and "Hot dogging" use these pools. I don't know if one can just "show up" and try their hand. The freedom from Liabilities do absolve slopes from the inevitable broken bones and necks but people still sue, so I think the "gatekeepers" are some affiliation with a jumping school

http://data.lakeplacid.com/listing-photos/olympic-jumping-complex/Main_Image-Wet_n_Wild.jpg?w=960&h=480
johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 08:13 pm
@oralloy,
Am I considerably tall? I know I am skinny. I'm like just skin and bones. And I think I could do good in ski jumping cause I am as light as a feather and I would be in the air all day lol.
johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 08:14 pm
@roger,
"I feel like I can fly!"
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johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 08:15 pm
@farmerman,
So they jump into the pools for training?!
roger
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 08:19 pm
@johnnybigbro22,
Great. Barbados is back on.
johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 08:23 pm
@roger,
Barbados?
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johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 08:35 pm
@oralloy,
You won't believe what I just found out! My cousin can ski and he might be willing to teach me. And he doesn't compete, but he does cross-country skiing! Just what I was looking for.
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Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 09:29 pm
@johnnybigbro22,
johnnybigbro22 wrote:

So they jump into the pools for training?!


They certainly do. The foaming area is where bubbles break the surface tension of the water, so the jumpers don't break their backs when entering the water from the height of a 4 storey building.
Wilso
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 09:35 pm
http://youtu.be/CpV6AmsTC9Q

Sochi male aerials silver medallist. Been skiing and gymnastics from childhood. Think you'll be able to do this any time soon?
oralloy
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 09:54 pm
@johnnybigbro22,
johnnybigbro22 wrote:
Am I considerably tall? I know I am skinny. I'm like just skin and bones. And I think I could do good in ski jumping cause I am as light as a feather and I would be in the air all day lol.

Based on fbaezer's post back on page 4, I'd say you were built perfectly for Nordic Combined. He said the gold medal winner in the event had the same height and weight as you.

Pure Ski Jumping alone (not combined with Cross Country) would probably be suited to even taller and skinnier people yet.
johnnybigbro22
 
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Reply Wed 19 Feb, 2014 10:22 pm
@oralloy,
oh. ok. So I will work on the cross-country skiing and the nordic combined. Now i just gotta find a coach.
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