Lindsey Van Answers A Few Questions About Flying The Distance Of A Football Field

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on September 27, 2009 5:30 pm

When you discuss the legends in Women’s Ski Jumping, the name Lindsey Van is up there with Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods and Roger Federer.  Today we sat down and asked a few of the basics?

  • The Ski Channel – Lindsey, first of all…what is it like to fly through the air the length of a football field or two?
  • Lindsey Van – It is the most exhilarating thing in the world.  There is nothing like it. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone.
  • The Ski Channel – Is it terrifying?
  • Lindsey Van – Not at all.  Maybe in the beginning, there were some scary times, but it is mostly the incredibly exhilarating thing I can think of doing.  You are pumped to take off as opposed to scared. 
  • The Ski Channel – So it is like old hat after awhile?
  • Lindsey Van – Yes and no, every jump is completely different from the others. 
  • The Ski Channel – Sorry to keep harping on it, but it just seems crazy flying through the air that long.  There is no fear?
  • Lindsey Van – You know it really is not a dangerous sport.  Injuries are very rare compared to most of disciplines in skiing.  Ski Jumping has been around for a long time and the historical record speaks for itself.  I feel much safer on a 90 meter jump than I would jumping out of a half pipe or racing downhill.  For sure the percentages for safety edge toward jumping over most of the other skiing disciplines.
  • The Ski Channel – So have you ever been injured?
  • Lindsey Van – When I was 14, I had a bad accident and ruptured my spleen.  And I have had some knee injuries but not from crashing.  Again, when you are jumping there is not a lot of fear because the falls are not that common and the injuries are rare.  Ski Jumping is just the neatest thing.  It is as close to flying as possible.
  • The Ski Channel – What is the most important part in making a great jump?  Is it the final push at takeoff?
  • Lindsey Van – All the variables are important.  Keeping speed in the air is really important.  So your tuck and positioning are vital.  But it is an equation and all the variables are important.
  • The Ski Channel – Lindsey, thanks for spending some time with us and thanks for all you have done for Women’s Ski Jumping?
  • Lindsey Van – My pleasure and thanks for all the coverage you guys have given us.