A number of different techniques have been used in the history of ski jumping. But it was the "V" technique that truly revolutionised this discipline.
Invented in 1969 by Miroslaw Graf from Poland, this technique was criticised for many years before being made popular in 1985 by Swedish skier, Jan Boklöv. Strong winds forced him to abandon the parallel position and, mid-jump, he unintentionally placed his skis in the V position before covering 20 metres more than on his previous jumps.
Improving air penetration by 28% and adding 10% to the jump distance, his unbeatable V-style jump was gradually adopted. Its efficiency was proven at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, where all of the medal winners used it!