Skiers flew off the ski jump, overlooking the hills and the audience, during the second event of the 60th Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, over the weekend. Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer won, ahead of his compatriot Andreas Kofler and Japan's Daiki Ito, in the event held on Jan.1.
The Four Hills Tournament features four individual skiing events in Germany and Austria comprising the Ski Jumping World Cup held every winter. The first ski event of the tournament was held at Oberstdorf in Germany on Dec. 30; Gregor Schlierenzauer won that competition, well ahead of compatriots Kofler and Thomas Morgenstern.
Skiers practiced for the third event of the tournament on Jan. 3, at Innsbruck, Austria.
The fourth and final event will be held at Bischofshofen, also in Austria, on Jan. 6, when the winner of the Ski Jumping World Cup will be announced.
The skier, who scores the maximum points, over these four events, will be declared the champion.
Check out a few photographs from the practice session, and previous events, and watch skiers soar through the air, looking down at the Nordkette Mountains in Innsbruck...