World's Largest Ski Flying Jump: Norwegian Johan Remen Evensen (Video)
VIKERSUND, Norway -- Norwegian Johan Remen Evensen, 25, reached 246.5 metres in qualifying for the Vikersund leg of the World Cup ski jump - setting the new world record for the Largest Ski Flying Jump.
Photo: Ski jumper Johan Remen Evensen set a new world record for the Largest Ski Jump. Photo: AFP
Evensen had already coasted past the previous best world mark of 239m, set by compatriot Bjoern Einar Romoeren, with a jump of 243m in training.
The Guinness world record for the largest ski flying jump had stood since 2005, since Norway's Bjorn Einar Romøren jumped flew some 239 meters at Slovenia's Planica hill.
Guinness World Records recognized the women's longest ski jump record: 127.5 m (418 ft 4 in), which is held by Anette Sagen (Norway) who achieved the distance at Oslo, Norway.
Vikersundbakken, standing 135 meters (440 feet) high off the ground, opened this week in southern Norway as the world's largest ski flying hill (at 225 meters long), capable of jumps up to 250 meters (820 feet) and beyond.
Ski flying is, essentially, a more extreme form of traditional ski jumping.
The skiers themselves use slightly modified equipment, the hills are built bigger, and the jumps are far more akin to "floating" through air, whereas ski jumping more resembles a straight up-and-down off a ramp.
The International Ski Federation (FIS) does not ratify ski jump records. World Record Academy does.