FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix 2013 - test for new rules

31 July 2013 00:00
Japan won the opening 2013 GP mixed team competition
Japan won the opening 2013 GP mixed team competition -

Last weekend saw the start of the FIS Ski Jumping Grand Prix 2013 in Germany’s Hinterzarten from 26th-28th July. As usual in summer, the Grand Prix series pilots the proposed Ski Jumping rule changes for the 2013/14 season.

For the ski jumpers themselves, the series traditionally gives a good indication of their form for the upcoming season. In Hinterzarten, Alexandra Pretorius of Canada and Richard Freitag of Germany took the top spots in the individual competitions, while Japan won the mixed-team event.

One of the innovations of special interest this year concerns the reduction of the inrun length. After it has been reduced by an athlete  or coach, the athlete will only receive the bonus points if the jump reaches at least 95 % of the HS distance. This new rule is to ensure that the inrun length is only reduced for safety reasons and not as a tactical measure.

A first result of this change to the rule has shown that after the first three competitions there has been no single inrun reduction. “Perhaps, this is also a result of the difficult and changing wind conditions in Hinterzarten. We can only make a comprehensive analysis as the Grand Prix series continues,“ commented Miran Tepes, FIS Ski Jumping Assistant Race Director.

In addition some minor modifications concerning the equipment have been made. The suit must be close-fitting in any part of the body while the measured circumference of any unstretched  part of the suit should not exceed the respective body measurement. Exceptions are to accommodate the fit of the suit around the boot with a maximum tolerance of 10 cm and the glove with a maximum tolerance of 4 cm. This tolerance is given for the last 10 cm of the sleeve. Last season there have been repeated discussions about the tolerance and the fixing of the gloves to the sleeves.