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The hidden secret of Ski Jumpers’ safe landing

Have you ever imagined what would happen when you jump from the top of a 35 feet high building onto firm snow ground? Would you survive or break your legs? You would probably end up injuring yourself badly.


Have you ever heard of ski jumpers breaking their legs while landing on snow ground? And does all freestyle skiers become lame after the ‘aerial events’? Definitely not! But how? This is the magic of the functioning of the aerials.


Skiers speedily slide along the steep snowy slope and launch themselves by zipping the hump. They cross vertically through the air, carefully tumble and settle down after a series of astounding flips. Then the skiers land successfully on the ground and pause after a slide.


Experts reveal that aerial jumps and landings over the ground are not impeccably vertical and the landing with intact limbs is a great skill. According to physicists when an object is thrown in the air, parabolic trajectory mechanism is applied to land it safely. Hence, a parabola themed ramp is designed for the skiers which is actually a symmetrical curve; shallow for ski jumpers and steep for the aerial jumpers. On the contrary, if the ramp is not customarily designed for the skiers, the sportsmen are likely to land in the direction of gravity pull.

Landing straight on the hard snow ground immediately stops the person from falling. The inhuman braking is intense and may adversely impacts the body movement; breaking it down into bits. Whereas, the parabola ramp reduces the change of the body impetus ensuring a safe landing.

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