Robert Kranjec (SLO)
Anders Bardal (NOR)

ROBERT KRANJEC AND ANDERS BARDAL CELEBRATE VICTORIES IN SKIFLYING AT KULM

15.01.2012
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On Friday and Saturday every training session and competition had to be cancelled due to strong winds and snow. So two competitions at the flying hill in Bad Mitterndorf are scheduled for today. Robert Kranjec (SLO, Fischer) wins the first competition with only one round.
Six jumps over 200 metres
Robert Kranjec is the winner of the first competition at Kulm skiflying hill in Bad Mitterndorf. The flying specialist showed a great jump (206 metres) und won 5.7 points ahead of Thomas Morgenstern (AUT, Fischer). "I didn’t feel very good today, I was a bit sick. But I’m very happy with the results. It was a long day but everything worked out perfectly. I made a mistake in my second jump, but I’m satisfied. I always like to jump here. The hill is perfect for me and the atmosphere is amazing", said Kranjec. Anders Bardal (NOR, Fischer) finished on podium ahead of Daiki Ito (JPN, Fischer). The Japanese had the longest jump with 212 metres but he had a very bad landing as in Four-Hills-Tournament. Vegard Haukoe Sklett (NOR, Fischer) came in fourth ahead of Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer). Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT, Fischer) had to jump at last with worse wind conditions and finished seventh, Rune Velta (NOR, Fischer) became eighth. Simon Ammann (SUI, Fischer) came back after his illness during Four-Hills-Tournament with rank ten.

Zipper broken - Schlierenzauer disqualified
The second skiflying competition at Kulm ended a bit confusing because noone knew if Schlierenzauer is really the winner. The Austrian had a lot of problems with his zipper and had to fix it with safety pins and tape. After his jump he took the lead but his body language already said that the fixing was broken again. Schlierenzauer was disqualified soon afterwards and Anders Bardal was able to celebrate another World Cup win with jumps to 197,5 and 183,5 metres. "This is for sure the best season of my career. I feel really good and I hope that my performance will continue like that in Zakopane. I’m sorry for Gregor that he had the problems with his equipment, but shit happens. The decision was fair because his suit was open and that’s how it is. The conditions here were quite good. In the final round it was a bit hard, but overall we had two good competitions", said Bardal. Daiki Ito finished second after a 209 metres jump in the first round. He had to fight with backwinds as the other athletes at the end of the final round. Kamil Stoch made a podium ahead of Thomas Morgenstern and Robert Kranjec, the winner of the first competition. Roman Koudelka (CZE, Fischer) and Taku Takeuchi (JPN, Fischer) finished sixth and seventh, Simon Ammann and the Germans Severin Freund and Richard Freitag (both GER, Fischer) completed the top ten.
Skifliegen, Bad Mitterndorf (AUT):
1. Robert Kranjec
SLO 212,5
2. Thomas Morgenstern
AUT 206,8
3. Anders Bardal
NOR 201,6
4. Daiki Ito
JPN 196,1
5. Vegard Sklett
NOR 191,5
6. Kamil Stoch
POL 190,8
7. Gregor Schlierenzauer
AUT 190,3
8. Rune Velta
NOR 188,5
9. Johan Remen Evensen
NOR 186,7
10. Simon Ammann
SUI 183,5
11. Martin Koch
AUT 181,6
12. Severin Freund
GER 180,3
13. Janne Happonen
FIN 179,9
14. Andreas Kofler
AUT 177,2
15. Michael Neumayer
GER 175,6
Skifliegen, Bad Mitterndorf (AUT):
1. Anders Bardal
NOR 183.5 183.5 364,9
2. Daiki Ito
JPN 171.5 171.5 363,3
3. Kamil Stoch
POL 181.5 181.5 358,2
4. Thomas Morgenstern
AUT 180 180 349,4
5. Robert Kranjec
SLO 166.5 166.5 348,6
6. Roman Koudelka
CZE 186.5 186.5 347,8
7. Taku Takeuchi
JPN 173.5 173.5 345,2
8. Simon Ammann
SUI 171 171 345,0
9. Severin Freund
GER 173.5 173.5 342,8
10. Richard Freitag
GER 174 174 340,5
11. Rune Velta
NOR 172.5 172.5 338,3
12. Johan Remen Evensen
NOR 160.5 160.5 336,3
13. Peter Prevc
SLO 170.5 170.5 335,0
14. Martin Koch
AUT 156.5 156.5 327,9
15. Vegard Sklett
NOR 154.5 154.5 325,2