62nd 4-Hills Tournament ahead
In its 62nd edition, the international 4-Hills-Tournament has lost nothing of its appeal. Ticket sales are at an all-time high and the field of athletes is evenly balanced, leaving the podium wide open for the prestigious event.
The opening event of the 4-Hills-Tournament will take place on 29th December in Oberstdorf (GER), followed by the New Year's Day competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (GER). Two events in Austria complete the series, Innsbruck (4th January) and Bischofshofen (6th January).
The prize money is also on the rise in this season’s edition of the 4-Hills Tournament. A record CHF 315,000 will be distributed, including a new jackpot for the winner of the qualifications of € 2,000.
It is anyone’s guess who will be taking the prize money home as the season podiums to date have been distributed among several athletes.
Looking at the results so far, a staggering 14 athletes can be considered to be among the favorites.
Austrians Gregor Schlierenzauer and Thomas Morgenstern are sure to use the home crowd support in the last two events to their advantage. Although it is anyone’s guess how Morgenstern will rebound from his crash in Titisee-Neustadt.
Germany is fielding perhaps the strongest team overall with Severin Freund, Richard Freitag, Andreas Wellinger and Marinus Kraus considered contenders. At the heels of the Germans is the Japanese Nippon trio of Taku Takeuchi, Daiki Ito and Noriaki Kasai.
Poland’s Kamil Stoch and Krzysztof Biegun are also in the mix to take the prestigious 4-Hills crown along with Jurij Tepes (SLO) and Anders Bardal (NOR). A sentimental favorite in the field is Switzerland’s Simon Ammann, who has won every other major title in ski jumping, but has always found the 4-Hills to be elusive. Ammann has had a strong start to the season, but will his 4-Hills curse continue?
One thing is certain, the 4-Hills Tournament is sure to be a fantastic spectacle again this year as the jumpers look to set the tone for Sochi.