Austrian ski jumpers celebrated victory in the first team competition in Kuusamo without any problems. Japan secured their second place ahead of a Fischer-quartet from Russia. In individual competition twelve Fischer-athletes were ahead.
Austria unbeatable again
As expected Andreas Kofler, Gregor Schlierenzauer, Thomas Morgenstern (all Fischer) and their teammate Wolfgang Loitzl were unbeatable in the first team competition. The Austrian Eagles dominated the competition which was postponed from Saturday to Sunday due to strong wind and won with more than 100 points ahead of Japan with the Fischer athletes Shohhei Tochimoto, Taku Takeuchi and Daiki Ito and Russia, consisting of the four Fischer athletes Dmitri Vassiliev, Anton Kalinichenko, Roman Trofimov and Denis Kornilov.
Twelve Fischer-jumpers in front
The individual competition was also dominated by the Austrians with Andreas Kofler, Gregor Schlierenzauer and Thomas Morgenstern claiming the podium. "The hill in Kuusamo is mentally very challenging. I was very relaxed and focused today, despite yesterday’s cancellations. I didn’t know that I’m so strong at the moment but I had a good jump in the team competition and then it got better and better. I’m really happy about my victory today", said Kofler.The next places were occupied by Fischer athletes, too: Kamil Stoch (POL) missed the podium clearly and finished fourth. He displaced the Czech Roman Koudelka and Severin Freund (GER) to positions five and six. Denis Kornilov (RUS) confirmed the strong shape of the Russians and finished seventh ahead of Tom Hilde (NOR) and Richard Freitag (GER). Janne Happonen (FIN) ended up tenth ahead of Anders Bardal (NOR) and Shohhei Tochimoto (JPN, all Fischer).