Ski Flying Worlds 2014: wind and a worthy World Champion

19 March 2014 14:50
Severin Freund victorious in Harrachov
Severin Freund victorious in Harrachov -

The Organisers in Harrachov (CZE) did everything they could. The HS 205 Certak Ski Flying hill was in great condition for the World Championships despite high temperatures and a lack of snow.

The FIS Ski Flying World Championships 2014 started off very well: The training and the qualification on Thursday, 13th March 2014, took place in bright sunshine and with little wind. There were also great conditions on Friday, the first day of the individual competition. After two of four competition rounds, 25-year-old German Severin Freund was in the lead, followed by Norway‘s Anders Bardal and Slovenia's Peter Prevc. 

On Saturday, when the third and fourth round of the individual competition was scheduled, Ski Flying was unfortunately not possible due to strong winds. The jury postponed the start several times, hoping that the weather forecast would improve and the wind speeds would decrease. But the improvement never came, as the third and fourth rounds were cancelled at 18:15. Hence half-time leader Severin Freund was crowned Ski Flying World Champion.

Final results:

1. Severin Freund, 391.0 points

2. Anders Bardal, 379.9 points

3. Peter Prevc, 375.6 points

Cancelled Team Event

On Sunday, the day of the team competition, the wind was even stronger than the day before. Once again the jury postponed the start for one hour before the team competition also had to be cancelled. FIS Ski Jumping Race Director Walter Hofer commented: "We already knew on Saturday that it would be difficult. On Sunday we had no chance to prepare the hill and even think about Ski Flying. It was impossible."

The next FIS Ski Flying World Championships will take place in Bad Mitterndorf/Kulm (AUT) in 2016.