“In jumping competition, there is clearly for women two groups – there is a group of about 15 women, technically very able, jumping well. And a second group that is quite far from them,” he said at a Dec. 10 press conference. He then pointed out that while the top men are usually very competitive with each other, there can be a big drop-off between the best women and the rest of the field – a point born out by a Monitor analysis of last year’s World Championship results.
For a sense of what it feels like to be one of the top women jumpers in the world, check out this video that US athlete Jessica Jerome took while going off a ski jump in Utah. The “helmet cam” she wore captured the action soaring out over the landing hill and, on a separate jump, gave a bumpy, blur-your-vision look back at the jump tower as she sped down the ramp – ponytail flapping in the wind.