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Olympic Ski Jumping

Olympic Ski Jumping
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.95

     challenging words:    Mikkel, maintain, various, based, daring, military, airborne, lowest, meters, cross-country, skier, backs, rate, poles, height, receive
     content words:    Sondre Nordheim, United States, Mikkel Hemmestvedt, Thulin Thams, Sigmund Rudd, Winter Olympics

Olympic Ski Jumping
By Trista L. Pollard

1     You are at the top of a hill waiting for the bell. When it is your time, you push off. You glide down the ramp at top speed. Finally, you lift off and begin your 30-second flight. No, you have not turned into a bird. You are experiencing the event of Olympic ski jumping.
2     Let's go back to Norway in 1868. Ski jumping existed many years before that. However, Sondre Nordheim had the first officially measured jump during this year. Nordheim jumped a distance of 30 meters. In that year, the first national ski jumping contest took place in Christiania, Norway.
3     Ski jumping became a regular event at ski carnivals in Norway. It became very popular in 1892. The Norwegian royal family donated the "King's Cup" as a trophy for one of Norway's annual contests. Ski jumping came to the United States during the 1880s. Norwegian immigrants taught the sport to Americans. The first American ski jump contest happened on February 8, 1887. Mikkel Hemmestvedt, a Norwegian immigrant, was the winner.

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