(While it might seem that the below image is distorted, if a human could make themselves that thin and as flat as the jumper above is, they would glide through the air!)Big Jumper!


Getting the Most out of the Jump
     How would you like to be a skier going down a snow covered jump, at speeds of 60+ miles per hour only to force your body out off of what appears to be a cliff?  Then only to find out that you are going to fly some 300+ feet until you reach the ground.  It would get the heart going for any human being, and as Newton's Apple states, "To a novice, the steps in a ski jump look deceptively simple.  In reality, each involves a complex balance of forces where only slight changes in equiptment or body position can mean the difference between gold medal and disaster."

     Steps for optimal flight according to Newton's Apple:
          1.  Use the steep ramp to build up as much speed (gravitational potential energy) as you can.
          2.  Minimize air resistance by tucking your body and arms while sitting on the back of your skiis.
          3.  Halfway down, start resuming a crouched position.
          4.  Towards the end, press chest on knees. (Used to create an additional spring like source of energy.)
          5.  At the end, project the body forward and upward at the same time.
          6.  Keep arms perpendicular with the ground.
          7.  Use your body and skiis as a giant airfoil.
          8.  Lean forward to "Produce a positive angle of attack on the wind."
          9.  Keep skiis parallel with body to reduce air resistance and drag. (For more lift, for a V shape with the skiis to increase surface area.)
          10. Hope you land without crashing, because at 60+ mph it might be deadly. 

The History and Overview of Ski Jumping                  
The Physics Behind Ski Jumps                  
                Using Physics to Aid the Jumper                                 
 Improvements to Ski Jumping