In the world of ski jumping the Vierschanzentournee or Four Hills Tournament during the days just before and just after New Year’s Eve is as traditional as eating turkey at Christmas. It has been done since 1952 and is held at 4 hills in Germany and Austria. The winner is the jumper who scores the most combined points in all four events and his name will go into legend.


Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

01. Finland's Janne Ahonen spars over the the Zugspitze and Waxenstein mountains during practice for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

02. Norway's Johan Remen Evensen speeds down the ski jump during the practice for the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

03. Austria's Wolfgang Loitzl lands during the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

04. Poland's Adam Malysz soars through the air during the qualification for the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

05. Finland's Janne Ahonen is filmed with a rail cam as he soars through the air during the qualification for the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

06. Switzerland's Simon Ammann soars through the air during a practice jump for the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 29, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

07. Poland's Marcin Bachleda soars through the air during the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 29, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

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08. Austria's Thomas Morgenstern reacts after winning the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 29, 2010. Morgenstern won ahead of Finland's Matti Hautamaeki and compatriot Manuel Fettner. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

09. Austria's Thomas Morgenstern reacts after winning the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 29, 2010. Morgenstern won ahead of Finland's Matti Hautamaeki and his compatriot Manuel Fettner. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

10. Finland's Matti Hautamaeki falls in jubilation after taking second place in the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 29, 2010. Austria's Thomas Morgenstern and Manuel Fettner placed first and third respectively, with Hautamaeki second. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

11. Switzerland's Simon Ammann reacts after taking fourth place in the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 29, 2010. Austria's Thomas Morgenstern and Manuel Fettner placed first and third respectively, with Finland's Matti Hautamaeki second. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

12. Austria's Manuel Fettner soars through the air during the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 29, 2010. Austria's Thomas Morgenstern won ahead of Finland's Matti Hautamaeki and Fettner. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

13. Poland's Adam Malysz speeds down the ski jump during practice for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

14. Austria's World Cup overall and tournament leader Thomas Morgenstern prepares to speed down the ski jump during the practice for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

15. Finland's Janne Ahonen soars through the air during the practice session for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

16. Austria's World Cup overall and tournament leader Thomas Morgenstern adjusts his shoe bands prior to the practice session for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

17. Germany's Martin Schmitt smiles as he stands on top of the ski jump during the practice session for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

18. Germany's Michael Uhrmann prepares for the practice of the first event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, December 28, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

19. Austria's World Cup overall and tournament leader Thomas Morgenstern prepares to speed down the ski jump during the practice session for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

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20. Austria's Martin Koch sits on a heated bench as he waits for the start of the practice for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

21. Switzerland's Simon Ammann soars through the air during the practice for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

22. Norway's Tom Hilde soars through the air during the practice session for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

23. Finland's Matti Hautamaeki soars through the air during the practice for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

24. Wolfgang Loitzl of Austria soars through the air during the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

25. Ville Larinto from Finland receives help after he crashed during the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

26. Ville Larinto of Finland receives help after he crashed during the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

27. Switzerland's Simon Ammann soars through the air to win the second event of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, January 1, 2011. Ammann won the competition ahead of Russia's Pavel Karelin and Poland's Adam Malysz. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

28. A combination of four pictures shows Austria's Andreas Kofler struggling after his jump in the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2011. Switzerland's Simon Ammann won the competition ahead of Russia's Pavel Karelin and Poland's Adam Malysz. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

29. Austria's tournament overall leader Thomas Morgenstern soars over the spectators to take 14th place during the second event of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, January 1, 2011. Switzerland's Simon Ammann won the competition which was finished due to heavy wind after only one run ahead of Russia's Pavel Karelin and Poland's Adam Malysz. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

30. Germany's ski jumping coach Werner Schuster holds his team's flag during the second event of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2011, which was finished after only one run due to heavy wind. Switzerland's Simon Ammann won the competition ahead of Russia's Pavel Karelin and Poland's Adam Malysz. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

31. Germany's Martin Schmitt soars through the air during the second event of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen January 1, 2011. REUTERS/Michael Dalder

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

32. Germany's Martin Schmitt speeds down the ski jump to take seventh place in the second event of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, January 1, 2011. Switzerland's Simon Ammann won the competition ahead of Russia's Pavel Karelin and Poland's Adam Malysz. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

33. Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer cleans his goggles before his comeback jump during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. Schlierenzauer missed four World Cup jumpings due to a knee injury. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

34. Germany's Martin Schmitt soars through the air to take seventh place in the second event of the four hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, January 1, 2011. Switzerland's Simon Ammann won the competition ahead of Russia's Pavel Karelin and Poland's Adam Malysz. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

35. Austria's World Cup overall and tournament leader Thomas Morgenstern adjusts his shoe bands before his first jump during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

36. Austria's World Cup overall and tournament leader Thomas Morgenstern concentrates before his first jump during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

37. Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer adjusts his binding before his comeback jump during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. Schlierenzauer missed four World Cup jumpings due to a knee injury. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

38. France's Emmanuel Chedal soars through the air during the practice for the second event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, December 31, 2010. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

39. Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer speeds down the ski jump for his comeback jump during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. Schlierenzauer missed four World Cup jumpings due to a knee injury. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

40. Germany's Martin Schmitt adjusts his gloves during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

41. The ski jump is reflected in the goggles of Finland's Janne Ahonen during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

42. Poland's Adam Malysz (R) and Finland's Matti Hautamaeki concentrate during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

43. Austria's Andreas Kofler speeds down the ski jump during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

44. Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer soars through the air during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

Four-Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

45. Germany's Michael Uhrmann soars through the air during the practice for the third event of the four-hills ski jumping tournament in Innsbruck January 2, 2011.REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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