Ski flying is a snow sport derived from ski jumping in which comparatively greater distances can be achieved. In this sport, skiers descend at very high speeds along a takeoff ramp using skis only, jump from the end of it by generating as much power as they can, then glide or fly as far as possible down a steeply sloped hill and ultimately land within a target zone. Five judges award points for distance and stylistic merit and the events are sanctioned by the FIS.
Ski flying was originated in the 1930s when in Planica, Slovenia, an 18-year old Austrian Josef "Sepp" Bradl landed a ski jump of over 100 m (330 ft) and became the first man in the history to do so. The first hill designed specifically for ski flying was built in Slovenia in 1934 after which Austria and Germany built their own hills in 1950 and after that other countries also followed them.
The K-point of the ski flying hills is set between 185-200m which is far greater than the largest ski jumping hills which have K-points of only up to 125–130 m (410–427 ft). In total, seven ski flying hills were constructed between 1934 and 1980 of which six are currently in use and only five of them as flying hills.
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