Simon Ammann (SUI), Anssi Koivuranta (FIN), Kamil Stoch (POL) (l-r)
trainer helping Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) to bind the boots tight
Denis Kornilov (RUS) falls
SIMON AMMANN RUNNER-UP IN INNSBRUCK, FIRST WORLD CUP SUCCESS BY AVVAKUMOVA
The third event of Four-Hills-Tournament in Innsbruck was heavily influenced by foretold foehn storm. After just one round Simon Ammann (SUI, Fischer) finished second followed by Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer). Irina Avvakumova (RUS, Fischer) secured her first World Cup victory at women's skijumping event in Chaikovsky (RUS).
First World Cup win for the Russian
For Irina Avvakumova it was her first big success in World Cup events: Die Russian showed long jumps in both rounds with 100 and 101.5 metres, increased in the final round from three to one and beat her strong opponents Carina Vogt (GER, Fischer) and series winner Sara Takanashi (JPN). The German finished second, five points behind the winner. Katharina Althaus (GER, Fischer) missed the podium just 0.1 points behind Takanashi. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT, Fischer) came in seventh again followed by Eva Logar (SLO, Fischer).
The conditions in Innsbruck were far from fair, as forefold there were strong gusts of wind at Bergisel. The first round was cranked with many problems with former nordic combined Anssi Koivuranta (FIN) in the lead with lots of luck with wind, the final round was cancelled after 21 athletes due to increasing gusts of wind and a fall of Denis Kornilov (RUS, Fischer). So Simon Ammann was able to celebrate another podium with the longest jump at 133.5 metres followed by Kamil Stoch. Fourth went to Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT, Fischer), Noriaki Kasai (JPN, Fischer) finished seventh. Thomas Morgenstern (AUT, Fischer) showed a great jump at 119.5 metres with very bad conditions and came in eighth. Jarkko Määttä (FIN, Fischer) finished ninth ahead of Denis Kornilov (RUS, Fischer).