Exciting FIS Ski Jumping World Cup winter comes to a close
The 2013/14 FIS Ski Jumping World Cup season presented by Viessmann ended with an amazing final in Slovenia’s Planica last weekend. This winter had a lot to offer with the 28 individual World Cup competitions, the 4-Hills-Tournament, the Ski Flying World Championships and certainly the Olympic Winter Games.
High flyer Kamil Stoch (POL) ended the season as the most successful jumper. Claiming an outstanding six individual World Cup victories, he took the World Cup overall title and crystal globe with 1420 points and flew to two individual gold medals at the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
In the last competition of the season in Planica, Slovenia’s number one Peter Prevc soared to second place in the overall rankings (1320 points) and relegated his closest competitor Severin Freund (GER) to third place (1303 points). With three individual World Cup victories, the title in the Ski Flying World Cup and two individual medals at the Olympics, Prevc can look back at an amazing season.
Although Freund was relegated to third place in the overall rankings, he enjoyed his best season with five World Cup victories, gold at the Ski Flying World Championships in Harrachov (CZE) and gold in the Team Event in Sochi.
The winter of Sara Takanashi
15 wins in 18 competitions, two second places and one third place are the incredible results of Sara Takanashi (JPN), who made history with her dominance in the 2013/14 World Cup season with outstanding performances.
Besides Takanashi, only Austria‘s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (Planica NH 2x) and Russia‘s Irina Avvakumova (Chaikovsky NH 1x) were able to claim World Cup victories this winter.
However, In Sochi, Carina Vogt (GER) who finished second in the overall rankings, claimed a surprising win ahead of Iraschko-Stolz and Coline Mattel (FRA) whilst Takanshi landed in disappointing fourth.
The first ever Olympic event in ladies' Ski Jumping in Sochi, was a milestone and the highlight for the young discipline which has continued to developed since the first World Championships 2009 in Liberec (CZE) and the first World Cup in the 2011/12 winter.
FIS Race Director Chika Yoshida commented: “The Olympic premiere in Sochi was very special, with Carina Vogt surprisingly winning the gold medal. In this World Cup season we generally had a great atmosphere with many spectators. In particular, Planica, as well as the two events in Japan (Zao and Sapporo) and Rasnov were impressive in terms of crowds. Despite the lack of snow in Central Europe, we had no cancellations. I especially want to congratulate the Organisers in Rasnov and Chaikovsky, who both hosted their first World Cup events.“