Ski jumping is one of the most exciting sports to watch at the Winter Olympic Games. Knowing the scoring system and how the winner is decided is pivotal for bettors looking to find value in the Olympic ski jumping market. Read on for the information you need to bet on ski jumping.
Winter Olympics ski jumping schedule
Men’s Individual Normal Hill Qualification
Women’s Individual Normal Hill
Men’s Individual Normal Hill
Mixed Team Normal Hill
Men’s Individual Large Hill Qualification
Men’s Individual Large Hill
Men’s Team Large Hill
How is the ski jumping scored?
The Olympic ski jumping competition has two scoring components - the distance a skier jumps and the style of the jump, for which points are awarded by five judges. Alterations are made for wind speed to ensure fair conditions for all jumpers.
Distance is scored by the number of meters a jumper lands past the critical point (K-point) on the hill plus 60 points for landing beyond the K-point. For the Normal Hill competition, the K-point is at 90 metres whilst for the Large Hill competition, the K-point is at 120 metres.
Jumpers can score additional style points which are awarded by five judges. The judges make deductions for imperfections in the flight, the landing, and the outrun (stopping). The best and worst style scores for each jump are ignored and the style score is then added to the distance for a total score.
Style vs. distance: How important are style points in ski jumping?
When assessing the ability of a ski jumper, it is important to take into account their ability to both jump far and score style points. But is it more important to jump further or have better form?
Looking at the results from previous Olympics, it is most important to jump as far as possible. There was a strong (but not perfect) 64% correlation between the distance of the jump and the total score awarded to that jump in the 2018 Men’s Individual Normal Hill competition.
Distance is, therefore, the main factor in ski jumping success but style points can certainly have an impact on the competition.
Who to bet on in the ski jumping event?
A range of ski jumping markets will be available for this year’s Winter Olympics ski jumping competition.
Ski jumping Outright betting - Betting on an individual ski jumper (in the team event this would be a team) to win the gold medal.
Best finishing position matchups - Betting on which of two ski jumpers will place higher in the competition.
Who are the 2022 ski jumping favourites?
Women’s Individual Normal Hill:
Slovenia’s Ema Klinec is a credible medal hope for the Women’s Normal Hill competition after winning the event at the 2021 World Championships. Klinec finished 14th in PyeongChang 2018 and has shown considerable improvement in both distance and style since then.
Men’s Individual Large Hill:
The Men’s Individual Large Hill competition looks to be an open affair, with plenty of credible contenders for gold. Austria’s Stefan Kraft put in a disappointing display at the 2018 Winter Olympics, where he finished 18th in the Large Hill competition. However, his credentials at the World Cup and World Championships merits his inclusion as one of the top contenders for this year’s event.
Men’s Individual Normal Hill:
Germany’s Andreas Wellinger is undoubtedly one of the top picks in the betting for this event in Beijing. The four-time Olympic medallist and PyeongChang 2018 champion will be looking to defend his Individual Normal Hill title, a feat never completed since the program was introduced to the Winter Olympics programme in 1964. Two men worth keeping an eye on to challenge Wellinger in this event are Germany’s Karl Geiger and Poland’s Piotr Zyla.
Mixed Team Normal Hill:
This Mixed Team event is a welcome addition to the Winter Olympics programme. In terms of betting, we’re likely to be treated to a close affair that could produce plenty of value in the markets. Germany won gold in this event at the 2021 World Championships; however, in Beijing expect Norway and Austria to fight them all the way for gold.
Where can I bet on ski jumping?
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