Highlights | Kraf closes in on overall title with win in Planica FH #1 | FIS Ski Jumping
The Austrian held his nerves to claim his 7th individual win of the season in the FH opener on the Slovenian soil. Kraft saw off the German pair of Wellinger and Eisenbichler and now leads Poland's Kamil Stoch by 86 points prior to the season-finale on Sunday.
Ski Jumping originated in the 18th century, back then farmers in the Norwegian province of Telemark used small hills on alpine slopes for short jumps. With time, the interest and the enthusiasm for this new discipline rose and Ski Jumping became a sport of its own. Today Ski Jumping is one of the most popular disciplines in winter sports. Around the world fans gather to watch athletes soar through the air at competitions. At the moment this fascinating sport is practiced in about 20 countries on the World-Cup level. Ski jumping was added to the Olympic winter schedule in 1924.
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As the governing body of international skiing and snowboarding, FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules. Through its 116 member nations, more than 6'500 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually.