Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT)
16TH WORLD CUP WIN AT THE AGE OF 41 YEARS FOR NORIAKI KASAI
Aged 41 years Noriaki Kasai (JPN, Fischer) celebrated his 16th ever World Cup success. The Japanese won the skiflying event in Bad Mitterndorf, Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT, Fischer) finished third. Carina Vogt (GER, Fischer) and Irina Avvakumova (RUS, Fischer) were able to confirm their sure hopes for a Olympic medal with another podium results in Sapporo.
Not put him on the scrap heap
Like during the whole season so far Noriaki Kasai showed that nobody shouls throw him on the scrap heap despite his 41 years of age. The Japanese succeeded with jumps at 196 and 197 metres and secured his 16th World Cup win - his first one he captured almost 22 years ago, his last one so far ten years ago. Kasai won with a ten point advantage ahead of his opponents who respectfully bowed to him. Gregor Schlierenzauer finished third followed by Severin Freund (GER, Fischer) and Robert Kranjec (SLO, Fischer). Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer) came in sixth ahead of Jurij Tepes (SLO, Fischer). Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN, Fischer) could be very satisfied with his ninth spot ahead of Michael Hayböck (AUT, Fischer).
The skiflying weekend is couded by a serious training accident of Thomas Morgenstern (AUT, Fischer) who is on intensive care after his crash with with head and lung injuries.
Sure medal at the Olympics?
Four weeks before the start of the Olympics Carina Vogt and Irina Avvakumova make steady podiums in each competition which cherishs hopes for Olympic medals for both athletes. Excellent fourth went in partly heavy snowfall to reigning mixed World Champion Yuki Ito (JPN, Fischer) who was just in 17th spot after the first round - but with the longest jump in the final round at 95 metres she nearly nosed the podium. Maja Vtic (SLO, Fischer) came in fifth. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT, Fischer) finished ninth followed by Jessica Jerome (USA, Fischer).