Sport: Soaring on Skis

A jump on skis is not merely a leap into space. It might also be called flying without a motor, where the jumper understands completely how to utilize the air resistance so as to float, so to speak, on the "press" of the air . . . The sensation lasts only a few seconds, but it feels like an eternity.

—from Ski Jumping, by Sigmund Ruud

Norway's Jon Riisnaes is not quite so articulate about his ski jumping as his fellow countryman Sigmund Ruud, former world champion; but at the young jumping age of 21,...

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