Gregor Schlierenzauer, Thomas Diethart, Stefan Kraft, Michael Hayböck (AUT) (l-r)
Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT)
AUSTRIA'S EAGLES SUCCEED IN TEAM EVENT IN LAHTI
Maren Lundby (NOR, Fischer) made it on the podium in first event of women's ski jumping World Cup in Rasnov (ROU). Yuki Ito (JPN, Fischer) came in third. In Lahti (FIN) was held a team event today with winning team Austria composed of Thomas Diethart (AUT), Stefan Kraft (AUT, Fischer), Michael Hayböck (AUT, Fischer) and Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT, Fischer).
While many athletes as Olympic Champion Carina Vogt (GER, Fischer) or also silver medallist Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT, Fischer) suffered with knee problems, Sara Takanashi (JPN) showed her old strength again and totally dominated today's event. Austria's Iraschko already ended this season after knee surgery, the German near-term resigned her start in Rasnov due to a knee inflammation. Behind Japan's high-flyer Takanashi Maren Lundby secured her first carreer's podium with jumps on 96 and 89 metres, 25 points behind the winner. Yuki Ito finished third followed by Julia Clair (FRA, Fischer) and Irina Avvakumova (RUS, Fischer). Ulrike Grässler (GER, Fischer) came in seventh.
Austrians with healthy margin
Thomas Diethart, Stefan Kraft, Michael Hayböck and Gregor Schlierenzauer were a class of their own. They showed a well-balanced team performance and were 12.7 points ahead of team Germany after eight jumps, although Schlierenzauer jumped just 121 metres. "It was a very high standart today. We had difficult conditions. But we solved it very well and had enough good luck", Hayböck stated. Olympic Champions Andi Wank (GER), Marinus Kraus (GER, Fischer), Andi Wellinger (GER) and Severin Freund (GER, Fischer) jumped from four to two after a great final jump of Severin Freund on 127.5 metres while Anders Bardal (NOR, Fischer) lost important points with a bad landing and Prevc (SLO) jumped too short. With just half a point disadvantage against Germany team Norway celebrated third spot with Anders Fannemel (NOR), Andreas Stjernen (NOR, Fischer), Rune Velta (NOR, Fischer) and Anders Bardal followed by Slovenia represented by Nejc Dezman (SLO), Jurij Tepes (SLO, Fischer), Jernej Damjan (SLO, Fischer) and Peter Prevc (SLO).