- A few years ago, in ski jumping, compensation points were introduced for wind and beam changes. This was to improve competition as well as create fairer conditions
- However, the system used by the International Ski Federation (FIS) has many imperfections that have been discussed for many years.
- After the World Cup competitions in Ruka, further doubts arose. Adam Małysz, who would most willingly give up conversion rates, proposed changes
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So in Sunday’s competition four jumpers jumping one after another were lost. When Peter Prevc jumped 142 m and thus reached the HS, which is the size of the hill, the jury immediately lowered the starting bar for fear of a dangerous situation.
However, when the wind changed direction, there was no longer any decision to raise the beam. Compensation for wind points was considered to compensate for the possible shortage of meters. In this way, the German Pius Paschke, the Japanese Yukiya Sato, the Norwegian Robert Johansson and Kamil Stoch were lost one after another.
Everyone, except for the Pole, received a few points for the wind. Our jumper, however, was deducted from 0.7 points. So on paper it looks like Stoch had the wind up the skis. But nothing could be more wrong. Firstly, these calculations work with a slight delay, and secondly, they are averaged. According to Michał Doleżal, the coach of our team, the wind over the bulla Stoch was up to 2 m / s in his back. So he had no chance, even if he found a slightly diverging wind downstairs.
This example shows most clearly that a system that has been around for many years is not perfect and it’s time to think what to do with it.
– Unfortunately, it seems that the FIS has no idea for it. It is most unfair if the wind corridor is positioned from, for example, 0.5 m / s for skis, to 0.5 m / s for back. Then there are the biggest differences. In my opinion, if the corridor was set e.g. from 0 up or down, these differences would not exist. However, the FIS stated that according to my proposal, it would not be possible to conduct a competition. However, I am of a different opinion. After all, one could wait for the conditions to reverse. And that’s what was done in the second series in Ruce, so this is not a translation for me – said Adam Małysz, sports director for ski jumping in the Polish Ski Association, in an interview with Onet Sport.
From Małysz’s proposal, it is clear that either we all jump into the skis with the wind, or we all jump with the wind in the back. And it actually makes sense. The competitions look the worst in this respect, when the wind often changes direction. It happens that one competitor has the wind up skis and uses it. He gets good meters and high marks, but points for the wind are deducted. In a moment, however, the next jumper has a backwind of the same value, which translates into a much shorter jump. The marks also suffer from it, and the compensation of points for the backwind does not compensate for the losses.
Małysz noticed that in the conditions Stoch encountered in the Sunday competition, raising the beam even by two steps would not help much. In addition, the competitor would be deducted from the other jumpers at the start.
– In my opinion, this is not the way – said Małysz. – There will always be a problem with the competition being fair if the wind is spinning. On Sunday, however, it was possible to conduct the competition with only one wind direction. However, one would have to wait, but then TV would suffer. For me, it would be much better if these conversion factors were not there at all.
Maciej Maciusiak, one of the assistants of Michał Doleżl, the main coach of the Polish team, has a different opinion.
– However, I will defend the jury’s decision. Imagine a situation where someone jumps 142-143 meters in Ruce and the jury does nothing with the beam. If then another competitor jumped further and something happened, it would be a scandal. There would be voices as to why it was allowed to jump so far, because there were also many such discussions in previous years. The first series was phenomenal and the jury couldn’t be faulted. In the second, in some cases it was possible to wait a bit. Maybe sometimes he “cuts” players and we are furious ourselves when it concerns our best jumper. However, careful analysis allows us to understand why this happened. Sure, nothing prevents you from waiting a bit for the conditions and extending this competition for a few minutes. This is why points compensation for conditions was introduced so that there were as few interruptions as possible. Now in ski jumping the level is really very even and the minimal air movement one way or the other makes a big difference. Especially on a hill like in Ruce where the compensation points do not reflect the real situation. But you have to live with that. We will not change this – said Maciusiak.