Beijing 2022 - Ski Jumping

Decker Dean competes during the trial round at the Four Hills Tournament Men Oberstdorf at Schattenbergschanze on Dec. 28, 2021 in Oberstdorf, Germany. (Photo by Getty Images)

Athletes start atop a steep ramp then soar hundreds of feet through the air, usually with a scenic backdrop to boot. It’s no surprise that ski jumping is a perennial fan favorite at the Olympic Winter Games.

One of the original Winter Olympic sports, ski jumping has been part of the Winter Games since the first edition in 1924. However, it wasn’t until 2014 that the first women’s event was added. Norway, Finland and Austria have enjoyed the most success in Olympic ski jumping, with Norway claiming two gold medals in 2018 to take the all-time lead with 11.

Team USA has produced just one ski jumping medalist, with Anders Haugen having won a bronze medal at the first Winter Games in 1924 (though he didn’t receive that medal until 1974, when a judging error from the Games was corrected). At the 2018 Winter Games, a U.S. ski jumper finished among the top 20 in each of the three individual competitions.

This year’s Olympics features a normal hill event for men and women, as well as a large hill event for men and a team event for men. The competitions will be held at the National Ski Jumping Centre in the Zhangjiakou venue cluster 110 miles northwest of Beijing.

Updated on January 28, 2022.