Sunday, January 12, 2014

More Ski Jumping

Ski jumping has started again.  We went once before Christmas but since then it has been just too cold to get out.  Jumping is ok when it's 0 or above with minimal wind and we have not had many days like that. It finally warmed up enough on Thursday and Amanda moved up into jumping skis.  Jumping skis are longer, use different boots and have no edges.  The fact that there are no edges means it's trickier to get around and harder to stop and turn.  I must admit, since I went off the jump last year, I was a lot more nervous watching Amanda go off the jump. 

On Saturday, she had a long time to practice and get more comfortable on her new skis.  There were fewer kids so there was no waiting on the jumps.  You can tell by the smile on her face that she was having a great time.  I just enjoyed watching her and being outside.  This is the 10 m jump.  The big boys were over jumping off the 40 m jump.  The next step for Amanda would be the 20 m jump but I quite content to have her keeping jumping the 10 m for a long time. :)  Amanda's cousin, Tristan jumped the 20 m last year when he was 4 1/2.  He is the youngest jumper to go off the 20 m.  We watched a funny video about ski jumping that said you should start them jumping around the time they're four and not old enough to know to be afraid. So true!

1 comment:

RETA said...

What a great post! As a desert-dweller, I appreciate seeing winter scenes! Amanda did a great job! What a fun sport! Thanks for writing.