When competing in the Ski Jumping World Cup, competitors undergo an equipment check. So far it took place before and after the jump (main control), but during the competition in Sapporo FIS decided to try a new solution. The main inspection took place before the jump and the test was successful, which may mean that this method will soon be made permanent.
The new way of controlling jumpers at the World Cup in Sapporo has passed the test
Austrian Christian Kathol was in charge of equipment control during the World Cup competition on Okurayama. The second controller was a Pole, Wojciech Jurowicz, who in an interview told how these procedures were carried out.
– The main control, unlike usual, took place this time at the top of the hill. This was, of course, outside of the normal procedure of checking the step height in the suit before the start. Competitors at the top of the hill had to arrive early enough before the start. In this case, they had to be about 20 minutes earlier than usual. During the inspection, they put on the jumpsuit as if they were ready to jump. Christian Kathol made the checks, and then the competitors were escorted to the room where they were waiting for the start. So it was not possible to change skis or suit,” he said.
– It seems to me that this way of controlling jumpers has passed its test. Of course, it would be ideal if such a check would take place at the top and bottom of the hill, added the controller. This method is fairer, because it gives you the opportunity to check all players. Inspections at the bottom of the hill were random. .
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