The world’s best ski jumpers were back in action on 21 November when the 2020/21 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup season kicked off in Wisla, Poland.
Ski jumping’s governing body the International Ski Federation (FIS) has had a challenging time putting together a calendar for the season given the widespread effects of the Covid-19 pandemic which cut short the previous season.
However, a tentative calendar is in place which includes highlights like the Ski Flying World Championships in Planica in December (postponed from last season), the Four Hills Tournament, the Nordic World Championships in Oberstdorf, and the Raw Air Tournament in Norway.
The Four Hills Tournament
This year’s Four Hills Tournament is one of the major highlights. Taking place between December 28, 2020, and January 6, 2021, at the four traditional venues of Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Innsbruck, and Bischofshofen, it is an annual magnet for young and old spectators both in front and behind the screen. Four ski jumping hills, two in Germany, two in Austria, make for an outstanding excitement and thrill.
The overall winner from last season Poland’s Dawid Kubacki is ready and back for more glory in the prestigious competition.
Nordic World Championships in Oberstdorf
The most exciting part of the season will take place in Oberstdorf. From February 24 to March 6, 2021 Athletes will compete for medals in single and team competitions. For the first time, women will also be able to hold an individual competition on the large hill.
The Raw Air Tournament in Norway
The Raw Air competition in March is another major event besides the Four Hills Tournament. The athletes compete against each other in four single and two team events. The venues for the competition are Oslo, Lillehammer, Trondheim, and Vikersund in Norway. High prize money for the winners makes this tournament especially attractive. In contrast to the Four Hills Tournament, the Raw-Air Tour will also have the ladies at the start.