They are daredevils -- the best of the best, and a ski competition that draws athletes from all around the world brought them to the Twin Cities on Wednesday night.
Elite athletes took to the sky on their skis at Bush Lake Ski Jump in Bloomington on Wednesday night. Their goal was to get ahead in the U.S. Cup Series.
A chilling, 5-degree rush is what the jumpers found 300 feet up in the air as they went head-to-head in the International Nordic Ski Jumping Competition.
"It's scored on two different things -- distance and style," explained Chris Broz, of the Minneapolis Ski Club.
The Midwest tour involves five different competitions, and skiers between the ages of 11 and 45 participate. Some of them travel from across the U.S., but others traveled across the pond from places like Norway, Finland and Ukraine.
The Minneapolis Ski Club hosted the competition, and the tour will continue in the Chicagoland area on Thursday. The tour ends in northern Michigan, where the jumper with the most points overall gets to move on to the U.S. Cup Series with a $2,500 cash prize.