Ready for take off?
FIS Ski Flying World Championships 2018
The WMG team have gone from watching the Australian Open in Melbourne, to The Gabba cricket ground in Brisbane where England fought rivals Australia in the One Day International (ODI), now on our way to Oberstdorf in Germany for the Federation International Ski (FIS) Flying World Championships!
The World Championship 2018 is the 25th ski flying world championships, being held between 18th and 21st of January 2018 in Oberstdorf, Germany but only the sixth time in this location. They last hosted the championships in 2008 as well as 1973, 1981 and 1998 in Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanz.
In total, 16 nations will be fighting for the titles of the FIS World Champion in Ski Flying in an individual (Friday/Saturday) and a team event (Sunday). Action started yesterday (Thursday) with the qualification round. Norway look like the team to beat for the team event title that is. The nation has won all three Ski Jumping events thus far this season and show zero signs of slowing
Flying World Championships is held every two years and takes place on hills much larger than ski jumping hills, with the ‘K’ point set between 185 meters (607 ft) and 200m. Different to any ordinary ski jumping, the Ski Flying World Championships is determined after four jumps. 40 jumpers qualify for the competition and jump the first round, 10 are eliminated which leaves the remaining 30 to compete in the last three rounds. The person with the most points combined is declared the World Champion.
The defending individual champion is Peter Prevc a Slovenian ski jumper, he has won two Olympic medals, silver and bronze at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.