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January 2, 2009

Ski Jumping World Cup

The International Ski Federation (FIS) is now holding the 2008-09 Ski Jumping World Cup - the 30th season to date. This World Cup season began on November 29th in Kuusamo, Finland, and will run through 28 competitions ending on March 22nd in Planica, Slovenia. Top jumpers can regularly make jumps of about 140 meters (460 feet). The current overall leader (individual) is Simon Ammann of Switzerland. (30 photos total)

Austria's Thomas Morgenstern performs during the qualifying run of the World Cup Ski jumping HS 142 (hill size 142 meters) on November 27, 2008, in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images)

An unidentified athlete prepares for his jump during the practice of the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer speeds down the ski jump during the practice for the first event of the 4-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

A skier trains on the ski jump at the stadium in Ruka during an unofficial training session on November 26, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland ahead of the qualifications for the world cup Nordic combined and ski jumping event on November 27. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

The ski jump and the village of Oberstdorf are reflected in the goggles of Japanese ski jumper Noriaki Kasai during the practice for the first event of the 4-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

Anssi Koivuranta of Finland arrives for his jump during the ski jumping event at the World Cup nordic combined competition in the eastern German town of Oberhof, December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Johannes Eisele) #

Simon Ammann from Switzerland soars through the air during the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, Germany on December 29, 2008. (REUTERS/Michael Dalder) #

Simon Ammann from Switzerland soars through the air during the practice for the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, Germany on December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Michael Dalder) #

Switzerland's ski jumping World Cup overall leader Simon Ammann concentrates prior to the practice for the first event of the 4-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

A skier trains on the ski jump at the stadium in Ruka during an unofficial training session on November 26, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland ahead of the qualifications for the world cup Nordic combined and ski jumping event on November 27. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Switzerland's ski jumping World Cup overall leader Simon Ammann soars through the air during the qualification for the first event of the 4-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

A skier trains on the ski jump at the stadium in Ruka during an unofficial training session on November 26, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland ahead of the qualifications for the world cup nordic combined and ski jumping event next November 27. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Todd Lodwick of the US soars through the air during the ski jumping portion of the Nordic Combined World Cup in Oberhof, Germany, Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008. (AP Photo/Matthias Rietschel) #

Norway's Roar Ljoekelsoey competes during the world Cup ski jumping on November 29, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Austria's Wolfgang Loitzl soars over thousands of spectators during the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 29, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

Germany's Martin Schmitt concentrates during practice for the first stage of the Four Hills ski jumping championship on December 29, 2008 in Oberstdorf, southern Germany. (ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images) #

Switzerland's ski jumping World Cup overall leader Simon Ammann soars through the air during the practice for the first event of the 4-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Oberstdorf, December 28, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

Norway's Anders Bardall reacting after a crash during the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German resort of Oberstdorf, December 29, 2008. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach) #

A skier trains at the Ruka ski jumping stadium in Kuusamo, Finland, during an unofficial training session on November 26, 2008, for the qualifying session of the world cup Nordic combined and ski jumping event on November 27. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Germany's Martin Schmitt lands during the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in the southern German winter sport resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, January 1, 2009. (REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler) #

Slovenia's Primoz Pikl jumps during a qualifying run of the World Cup Ski jumping HS 142 (hill size 142 meters) on November 27, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

A ski jumper takes a run during a practice session during the summer FIS Grand Prix in Ski Jumping in Zakopane, Poland back on August 29th, 2008. (REUTERS/Kacper Pempel) #

A skier trains on the ski jump at the stadium in Ruka during an unofficial training session on November 26, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland ahead of the qualifications for the world cup nordic combined and ski jumping event next November 27. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Norway's Anders Jacobsen jumps during a qualifying run of the World Cup Ski jumping HS 142 (hill size 142 meters) on November 27, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Poland's Adam Malysz competes during the World Cup individual competition on November 29, 2008 in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Simon Ammann of Switzerland jumps during the qualification round of the FIS World cup men ski jumping HS 140 (hill size 140 meters) competition in Pragelato, Italy on December 12, 2008. (DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images) #

Austria's Markus Eggenhoffer soars through the air during the ski jumping FIS World Cup competition, on December 21, 2008 in Engelberg, Switzerland. Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer won ahead of Austria's Wolgang Loitzl and Switzerland's Simon Amman. (NICHOLAS RATZENBOECK/AFP/Getty Images) #

Switzerland's Andreas Kuettel speeds down the ski-jump during his first round jump at New Year's stage of the Four Hills Tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2009. (AP Photo/KEYSTONE/Peter Klaunzer) #

Germany's Eric Frenzel competes during the World Cup Nordic Combined event on November 30, 2008, in Kuusamo-Ruka, Finland. (OLIVIER MORIN/AFP/Getty Images) #

Austrian Wolfgang Loitzl kisses the trophy during the winner's ceremony of the second stage of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southern Germany, on Thursday, Jan 1, 2009. (AP Photo/Christof Stache) #

 
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