Severin Freund, Andi Wellinger, Alfons Hörmann, Marinus Kraus, Andi Wank (GER) (l-r)
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Andi Wank, Marinus Kraus, Andi Wellinger, Severin Freund (GER) (l-r)
Michael Hayböck, Thomas Morgenstern, Thomas Diethart, Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) (l-r)
Reruhi Shimizu, Taku Takeuchi, Daiki Ito, Noriaki Kasai (JPN) (l-r)

GERMAN EAGLES JUMP ON THE GOLDEN STEP OF PODIUM

17.02.2014
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German skijumper Andreas Wank, Marinus Kraus, Andreas Wellinger and Severin Freund (all GER) secured gold medal in team event in Sochi. Silver came to Austria followed by Japan.
German team came out on top
"Whatever will happen now we had fun", Marinus Kraus stated. The 23-year-old didn't want to say before the last eight jumpers in the final which colour his medal will be in the end. Kraus was the best one out of German team with jumps at 136.5 and 134.5 metres. The German team already was in the lead after the first round with a 2.5 point-advantage ahead of Austria composed of Michael Hayböck, Thomas Morgenstern, Thomas Diethart and Gregor Schlierenzauer (all AUT) and maintained their lead minimal. While his team mates were not totally satisfied with their marginal setback at least one single Austrian celebrated the Olympic victory: German head coach Werner Schuster (AUT). "Unbelievable! Sevi (Freund) left it a bit late. We were jittering! It's the most wicked feeling that is possible - and now it's time to enjoy it", Andi Wellinger was smiles and now he and his fellows can celebrate not only the Olympic title but Andi Wank's birthday. "It's so amazing that we made it. I dropped the ball a little in my final jump but winning silver is unbelievable", Austria's newcomer Thomas Diethart said after jumping two metres less than his nearest opponent Andi Wellinger. Bronce medal behind Germany and Austria was won by team Japan consisting of Reruhi Shimizu, Taku Takeuchi, Daiki Ito and Noriaki Kasai (all JPN) - at that time when Kasai realized his first Olympic medal in 1994 his team mate Shimizu was just two months of age. The quartet from Far East was 16.2 points behind the Olympic Champions after eight jumps. Teams of Poland and Slovenia were too weak today and finished fourth and fifth with a considerable disadvantage behind the medal spots.


Team LH Sochi (RUS):
1. Wank Andreas
GER 132.0 123.2 128.0
1. Kraus Marinus
GER 136.5 136.1 134.5
1. Wellinger Andreas
GER 133.0 125.3 134.5
1. Freund Severin
GER 131.5 134.4 131.0
2. Hayboeck Michael
AUT 134.0 127.7 130.0
2. Morgenstern Thomas
AUT 129.0 124.3 133.5
2. Diethart Thomas
AUT 136.0 136.0 132.5
2. Schlierenzauer Gregor
AUT 128.5 128.5 132.0
3. Shimizu Reruhi
JPN 132.5 127.8 131.5
3. Takeuchi Taku
JPN 127.0 117.9 130.0
3. Ito Daiki
JPN 130.5 130.3 132.0
3. Kasai Noriaki
JPN 134.0 131.5 134.0
4. Kot Maciej
POL 131.5 125.0 129.0
4. Zyla Piotr
POL 121.0 107.2 132.0
4. Ziobro Jan
POL 130.5 127.8 133.0
4. Stoch Kamil
POL 130.5 129.2 135.0