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February 14, 2015 4:16 PM   Subscribe

After qualifying with over 245 metres, Peter Prevc, the Slovenian ski jumper, breaks the world record and becomes the first ski jumper to jump / glide / soar for a quarter of a kilometre. Alternatives here and here.
posted by Wordshore (33 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
 
The thrill of victory!
posted by TedW at 4:20 PM on February 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


Wow! That's almost dangerously far. It was a beautiful jump too, so steady and even.
posted by gemmy at 4:29 PM on February 14, 2015


The thrill of victory! The cheers of the crowd! The briefly considered and then hastily abandoned challenge of mental arithmetic!
posted by howfar at 4:43 PM on February 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


He was in the air so long I bet he was wishing he'd packed a lunch.
posted by CynicalKnight at 4:55 PM on February 14, 2015 [6 favorites]


What a gorgeous, perfect jump. Even he'd not set a record, you couldn't ask for a more technically perfect performance.
posted by Joey Michaels at 4:56 PM on February 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


What sets the length of the jump? Is it the initial push, or the lift from the angle fo the skis and the athlete's body? I'dve thought some sort of bat-cape would help...
posted by Devonian at 5:32 PM on February 14, 2015


Do be sure to turn the captioning on.
posted by Wolfdog at 5:41 PM on February 14, 2015 [9 favorites]


well, it's all downhill from there ...
posted by pyramid termite at 5:42 PM on February 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


In the slo-mo I can really see the moment where the aerodynamics of his body position and skis giving lift take over from sheer momentum as the dominating factor in the length of the jump, really friggin cool!
posted by Divine_Wino at 5:44 PM on February 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


In the slo-mo I can really see the moment where the aerodynamics of his body position and skis giving lift take over from sheer momentum as the dominating factor in the length of the jump, really friggin cool!

Other than maybe in old Olympics and one or two James Bond movies, I don't think I've ever watched any ski jumping. That interplay of flinging himself off of the slope and then turning into a flying squirrel-like glide was really neat. It looks like it all relies on having the slope be at just the right angle, though -- flatten or steepen the slope, and you aren't going to get the long jumps.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:23 PM on February 14, 2015


flatten or steepen the slope, and you aren't going to get the long jumps.

It seemed like he got to a point where if the hill hadn't bottomed out, he could have kept on gliding indefinitely like a dude in a wingsuit. The only difference is that the hill is engineered so the ski jumpers stay ten or fifteen feet above the ground the whole time so they don't need a parachute. Is the future of ski jumping going to be hills that go down the whole side of a mountain, with people gliding for a minute, two minutes at a time? When will the madness stop??
posted by Dr. Send at 6:35 PM on February 14, 2015


Do be sure to turn the captioning on.

Do not watch without doing this.
posted by natteringnabob at 6:47 PM on February 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


It is impossible to say how important it is that you turn captioning on.
posted by Devonian at 6:53 PM on February 14, 2015 [4 favorites]


I wish to thank the community for the caption turning on advice. Were it not for the queue there'd be a celebratory Metatalk also, too.
posted by maggieb at 6:58 PM on February 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


Yeah, but can he dunk?
posted by hal_c_on at 6:59 PM on February 14, 2015


Do be sure to turn the captioning on.

"Starts chest pundits" WTF?
posted by Dip Flash at 7:20 PM on February 14, 2015


quite sick puppy landing
posted by spikeleemajortomdickandharryconnickjrmints at 8:02 PM on February 14, 2015 [1 favorite]


the hell Picasa has produced!
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur at 8:20 PM on February 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


"Starts chest pundits...fights." Maybe Elon Musk wouldn't be so gloomy about the dangers of AI if he realized one guy with a moderate Scottish accent would send it into an endless recursive loop.
posted by sapere aude at 8:27 PM on February 14, 2015 [3 favorites]


In fog. At night.

The thrill of victory!

And the Agony of Defeat.

This guy Peter Whats-his-name, will never be as famous as Vinko Bogataj. Records are broken constantly, but heroic failures are immortal.

I remember seeing his first interview on ABC Wide World of Sports. It was like ten years later and they tracked him down for a special feature for the Olympics or something. He had no idea he was famous, or why. They showed him the video, he had never seen it before. You should have seen the look on his face.
posted by charlie don't surf at 9:27 PM on February 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


Such grace under pressure. He looks so serene as he glides down the slope.
posted by arcticseal at 9:28 PM on February 14, 2015


will never be as famous as Vinko Bogataj

Subject of an FPP by yrs trly many years ago.
posted by maxwelton at 11:14 PM on February 14, 2015 [2 favorites]


quite brilliant prophetic Troy

I feel an alien has gotten stuck in the cc machine and is trying to talk to me.
posted by tavella at 11:34 PM on February 14, 2015


Wonderful jump! Like sky ballet...

A side note on the youtube auto captioning mentioned above... a lot of people turn this feature on assuming it means their video material will comply with WCAG Guideline 1.2.2: Captions... (captions need to be provided for all prerecorded video content) but as this video demonstrates... this aint an acceptable option.
posted by greenhornet at 2:05 AM on February 15, 2015


Subject of an FPP by yrs trly many years ago.

Alas all the useful links are dead. Maybe you even had links to his first interview, when they showed him the video for the first time. You might call it "The Agony of Learning You Are 'The Agony of Defeat.'" But that is gone. I hunted everywhere for that clip but could not find it.
posted by charlie don't surf at 8:26 AM on February 15, 2015


Radio DJ!
posted by cjorgensen at 8:33 AM on February 15, 2015


Man do I love Alpine sports. Thanks for this. Wish you could get the bobsledding on TV in the U.S. still. Was nice to at least see some World Cup skiing this afternoon on NBC.
posted by ob1quixote at 3:14 PM on February 15, 2015


And ... the record's just been broken by another 1.5 metres! Note: video contains scenes of unusually emotional Norwegians.
posted by Wordshore at 3:47 PM on February 15, 2015 [2 favorites]


Video taken by someone in the crowd is, in some ways, more impressive than TV footage.
posted by Wordshore at 3:59 PM on February 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


And this one, at the same event, doesn't apparently count because he fell on landing. 254 metres!

Whatever they have in the water over there in Norway this weekend - I want some.
posted by Wordshore at 4:16 PM on February 15, 2015 [1 favorite]


Oh man, at this point, they are almost landing on the flat. You can see that on the 254m jump, he landed in the flat area they mark with dark spots, the impact was too hard and he bottomed out. You can see the successful 251.5m jump just barely goes into the marked area. If you want to beat that record, you're going to need a bigger hill.
posted by charlie don't surf at 4:30 PM on February 15, 2015


If you want to beat that record, you're going to need a bigger hill.

Yes. The slope in the centre, slightly to the left, looks like it'll have to do for the next championship.
posted by Wordshore at 4:48 PM on February 15, 2015


thank you, this is wonderful to watch!

it is also strangely congruent to some bizarrely vivid dreams I had within the past few night where I was in a ski mountaineering championship and the event course finished up the downhill portion by flinging us off the 90m ski jump. spoiler: it was terrifying.

I blame melatonin, facebook (a close bike racer friend recently qualified for SkiMo worlds at Verbier) and wayyyyy too much nordic skiing as cross-training this winter.
posted by lonefrontranger at 2:27 PM on February 16, 2015


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