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14 most memorable moments in ski jumping
Take a look at the top 14 memorable moments in ski jumping at the Sochi Games. Some of the top storylines at Sochi was the debut of women's ski jumping and Poland's Kamil Stoch becoming the third ski jumper in Olympic history to win both individual events. Japan's Noriaki Kasai became the oldest person to win an Olympic medal in ski jumping. Here are the 14 most memorable moments in Sochi:
The debut of women's ski jumping
After a long legal battle, women's ski jumping made its anticipated debut at the Sochi Games. The storyline heading into to Sochi was a match up between Japan's Sara Takanashi and Sarah Hendrickson of the United States. However Germany's Carina Vogt ultimately ended up with the first gold medal in the event.
Embedded video_content_type: Germany's Carina Vogt has emotional out pour after winning a gold medal
Poland's Kamil Stoch makes history
Stoch became the third ski jumper in Olympic history to win both individual ski jumping events. He had a convincing win in the normal hill.
Embedded video_content_type: Poland's Kamil Stoch wins gold in the normal hill by a landslide
But barley edged out Japan's Noriaki Kasai to win gold in the large hill.
Embedded video_content_type: Poland's Kamil Stoch wins ski jumping gold on the 120m hill
Japan's Noriaki Kasai turns back the clock
After winning his first and only Olympic medal at the 1994 Games in Lillehammer, Japan's Noriaki Kasai doubled up his medal total at Sochi. At 41-years-old, Kasai, became the oldest Olympian to win a medal in ski jumping. Kasai won a silver in the large hill and a bronze in the team event.
Embedded video_content_type: Noriaki Kasai rewrites ski jumping history
Switzerland's Simon Ammann falls short of history
After winning two medals at the Vancouver Games, Switzerland's Simon Ammann needed only two more medals to become the most decorated ski jumper in Olympic history, unfortunatly for Ammann he never found himself in medal contention at the Sochi Games.
Embedded video_content_type: Simon Ammann soars to new heights
American Sarah Hendrickson competes at the Sochi Games despite tearing her ACL in August
Sarah Hendrickson of the United States won the 2013 World Championship and was due to be a heavy medal contender in the first women's ski jumping event at the Sochi Games. However that all changed in late August when Hendrickson tore her ACL when she crashed in a training jump. Hendrickon vowed to compete at the Sochi Games despite her severe injury. Hendrickson completed her goal and even though she did not win a medal, she was pleased to compete in the inaugural event.
Embedded video_content_type: Carina Vogt pulls off huge upset
American Lindsey Van accomplishes her Olympic dream
American Lindsey Van fought for women's ski jumping to be an Olympic event at the Vancouver Games but ultimately lost that battle. However Van finally accomplished her dream of becoming an Olympian at the Sochi Games.
Embedded video_content_type: Leading the charge for women's ski jumping
Germany knocks off Austria in the team event
Austria was trying to win its third consecutive gold medal in the team event but Germany had other ideas and ended the Austrian winning streak. Austria would still get silver in the event.
Embedded video_content_type: Germany wins team ski jumping gold
Austria's Thomas Morgenstern competes at the Sochi Games weeks after devastating crash
Austria's Thomas Morgenstern suffered multiple injuries after a ski flying crash in January. Despite the brutality of the crash, Morgenstern still wanted to compete at the Sochi Games, which he did. Morgenstern would go on to win a silver medal in the team event.
Embedded video_content_type: Austria's Thomas Morgenstern brutal ski flying crash
Wind and weather added to the Sochi storyline
The weather at the ski jumping events at the Sochi Games played a factor in the competition. Numerous wind delays and mild temperatures played a factor in the overall outcome of the events.
Embedded video_content_type: Wind plays important role in ski jumping
Slovenia's Robert Kranjec had the worst ski jumping fall at the Sochi Games
Robert Kranjec of Slovenia already qualified for the normal hill event but wanted to take another training jump and it ultimately cost him. Kranjec crashed and hurt his knee and had to skip the normal hill competition.
Embedded video_content_type: Robert Kranjec’s brutal ski jumping fall
Japan's Sara Takanashi leaves the Games without a medal
Sara Takanashi of Japan was dominant during the 2013-2014 World Cup season. She was the overall favorite heading into the Sochi Games, but despite being the favorite, Takanashi did not win the event, she didn't even win a medal.
Embedded video_content_type: Takanashi out-jumps poor landing
Ski jumpers know how to do the wave
While ski jumpers wait to jump they can find ways to entertain themselves
Embedded video_content_type: Ski jumping athletes doing the wave
Ski jumping is as close to flying as humans will ever get
Here is a video of what it is like to be a ski jumper and what it feels like to go down the large hill
Embedded video_content_type: Ski Jumping: Time to fly
Images from Sochi
Take a look at some of the top images from the Sochi Games
Embedded owg_slideshow: Ski jumping images of Sochi
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