Big jumpers

Winner Sara Takanashi of Japan, center, second placed Carina Vogt of Germany, right, and third placed Irina Avvakumova of Russia, stand on the winner’s podium during the victory ceremony of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Chaikovsky, Russia, on Friday.

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    paulinusa

    Whether size is important in ski jumping I don't know, but it's obvious Ms. Takanashi is much smaller than her competitors. Whatever the case, she's a winner either way.

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    subyyaki

    I wish her luck at the Olympics!

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    Speed

    Who's the kid?

    She always looks like an elementary school student being interviewed whenever I see her on TV. She's a sweetie girl and jamming right now. I hope she takes the Gold next month.

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    ex-japan-visitor

    I guess when all your women are 5'0" tall and 100 pounds, you have an advantage at flying though the air on skis.

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    Chuichi Hashimura

    Ms.Takanashi is a VERY small girl, but she is a VERY big girl so I hope Ms.Takanashi will do her best next month!

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    SenseNotSoCommon

    Go Japan!

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    Nenad Jovanović

    Brave girl , I love you Sara Takanashi .

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    TokyoGas

    Fly like an eagle.

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    kickboard

    I guess when all your women are 5'0" tall and 100 pounds, you have an advantage at flying though the air on skis.

    Please do your homework if you are going to make such comments. Obviously, increasing "surface" and decreasing weight results in longer jumps. However, jumpers whose BMI is under 20 are penalized and have to wear shorter skis, thus resulting in a disadvantage. Sara is 151cm tall, so a BMI of 20 would be 45.5kg, which is 100 pounds. Therefore she does not have an unfair advantage over other competitors.

    http://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007%2F978-2-287-09411-8_1

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    ebisen

    kick board, not really, actually it all depends on their speed leaving the ramp.a heavier jumper flies faster, but also drops faster than a similarly shaped lighter jumper.. it is because of their aerodynamic properties, gliding distance vs.weight and speed.

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