Pairs (Animation)
Improvements to Ski Jumping

    While the ski jumper can not change the elements around them during the jump, they can improve what they wear, their aerodynamics, and what they use on their skiis to decrease friction.  In the image above the racers are using suits that are made of a specific material, usually a fine polyester knit, in order to decrease the drag when going down the initial part of the ramp.   Such suits sell for up to $500+ and can vary from just plain colors to the outrageous one below:


    One of the biggest improvements to the sport has to be the skiis they use and the wax they put on them.  In this day in age, ski manufactures have created waxes that have a range of 10 degrees of what the conditions are at the time of the competition.   Hundreds of waxes, all with different make-up, are used for humid and cold conditions, cold and dry, humid and warmer, dry and around 30 degrees, the combinations have proven endless!  Believe it or not, but in an 1998 Story in the Purdue News,  two Students created a ski wax out of Soybean and Canola oils (Mulvaney and Howard!) 

Atomic Skiis

    Two big names have come about through the evolution in ski jumping, Rossignol and Atomic.   The Atomic skiis can be seen above, and both tend to have a basic wide ski that is almost 2 feet longer than that of the jumper.  The bindings to the ski, as you can see, have the ability to move slightly to provide a larger airfoil with a compromise to stability.

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