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ski jumping



while I don't ski jump, after doing a poster on this Olympic event, I have realized how much physics there actually is in one basic jump. starting at a position more than 70 meters vertical height, the skier attempts to gain the most velocity through their position and in avoiding air resistance and friction down the 120 meter ramp leading up to the jump. once off the ramp, the approach totally changes as they now desire to gain as much resistance as they can through their body and ski positioning. with jumping speed in excess of 60 mph, they often can land more than 200 meters from the initial position.

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