Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT)
GREGOR SCHLIERENZAUER SHINES AT NORMAL HILL IN SOCHI
Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT, Fischer) secured victory in first competition at olympic normal hill in Sochi. He won ahead of Severin Freund (GER, Fischer) and Andreas Kofler (AUT, Fischer).
42nd victory for the Austrian
"It was a perfect day for me because of my 42nd victory. It is the first event here in Russia and therefore it was very interesting. It was a nice competition but in the final round it was a bit windy", Schlierenzauer said. His 42 World Cup wins means that he is in hot pursuit of Finn Matti Nykänen who scored 46 successes in his active carreer. Schlierenzauer already was in the lead with a few points after the first round and he stabilized his lead with 105.5 metres in the final round. Severin Freund who is still in the lead in Overall World Cup jumped 105.5 metres either and finished second. Third went to Andreas Kofler ahead of his team mate Thomas Morgenstern (AUT, Fischer) and Anders Bardal (NOR, Fischer). Richard Freitag (GER, Fischer) came in sixth. Michael Neumayer (GER, Fischer), Sebastian Colloredo (ITA, Fischer) and Reruhi Shimizu (JPN, Fischer) finished eighth to tenth.