SLOVENIAN SKIJUMPERS SUCCEED IN TEAM EVENT IN ZAKOPANE
Yuki Ito (JPN, Fischer) and Carina Vogt (GER, Fischer) are on the right path a few weeks before the Olympic skijump. In World Cup event in Zao they made a podium. Slovenian skijumpers Jurij Tepes, Robert Kranjec, Jernej Damjan (all SLO, Fischer) and Peter Prevc (SLO) secured victory in team event in Zakopane ahead of Germany and Austria.
Ito and Vogt made a podium
In the first event in Japanese Zao Yuki Ito and Carina Vogt could be happy about a podium finish. In a competition with many wind breaks and just one round the best skijumpers with high numbers had most up winds. Yuki Ito was the first athlete with shortened inrun after coach decision and realized 96.5 metres from gate 18. Then the jury shortened the inrun also to gate 18 for the followeing athletes. For Carina Vogt 93 metres with less upwind were enough to finish third, just 1.3 points behind Ito. Again there was no cure for Japanese high-flyer Sara Takanashi (JPN) who made a new hill size from gate 17. Maren Lundby (NOR, Fischer) came in fourth, Bigna Windmüller (SUI, Fischer) finished sixth. Ulrike Grässler (GER, Fischer) was ranked eighth.
Despite a short first jump of Jurij Tepes today's winner in team event in Zakopane is named Slovenia. The team showed a balanced performance and won with a eight points advantage ahead of German quartet composed of Andreas Wank (GER), Richard Freitag (GER, Fischer), Andreas Wellinger (GER) and Severin Freund (GER, Fischer). For a long time along with the Germans team Austria consisting of Michael Hayböck, Manuel Poppinger (both AUT, Fischer), Thomas Diethart (AUT) and Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT, Fischer) were fighting head-by-head for the lead until Slovenia escaped after great final jumps of Damjan and Prevc and Austria dropped back with weak jumps of Poppinger and Diethart. Fourth went to team Poland composed of Klemens Muranka (POL, Fischer), Dawid Kubacki, Jan Ziobro (both POL) and Kamil Stoch (POL, Fischer).