Ski Flying Worlds ahead in Harrachov
In 2002, Germany’s Sven Hannawald won the FIS Ski Flying world championship title at the famous “Teufelsberg” in Harrachov (CZE) in front of 50,000 spectators. When the venue surrounding the HS 205 Certak Ski Flying hill hosts the event again 12 years later, the enthusiasm will be even greater this coming weekend.
A test event in February 2013 already showed the enthusiasm from the large crowds of fans from the Czech Republic and its neighbours Poland and Germany. The town of Harrachov is just five kilometres from the border of Poland and 50 from the border of Germany. Joining them will be fans from all over the world.
"The words Harrachov and Ski Flying stand for a challenge. While the Ski Flying hill in the Krkonose Mountains used to be one of the most infamous and was very susceptible to the wind, it is now one of the most modern facilities with wind protection. The Organising Committee is one of the most experienced. Already prior to the Olympics, there have been as many potential medalists as hardly ever experienced in the past. Fortunately also the home team can be considered among the top favourites after their recent results", FIS Race Director Walter Hofer said about the final highlight of a long winter season.
The three athletes who dominated the competitions in Falun (SWE), Lahti, Kuopio (both FIN), Trondheim and Oslo (both NOR) over the past ten days are also the top favourites in Harrachov, namely double Olympic Champion Kamil Stoch (POL), Severin Freund (GER) and Anders Bardal (NOR).
There is also the incredible Noriaki Kasai of Japan, who has the potential to perform even better in Ski Flying than in Ski Jumping. A medal at the World Championships, maybe even the title, is within reach for the fan’s favourite from Japan. What a story that would be for the 41-year-old who is mixing up the field of young athletes.
Also Peter Prevc, the very strong Slovenian, is one to watch. Like all athletes of Slovenia he has additional courage and dynamics when it comes to Ski Flying. "Why are we Slovenes doing so well in Ski Flying? Maybe because we are not scared", Prevc said about their special quality.
After a break due to a knee injury he suffered in Sochi, defending Champion and Ski Flying specialist Robert Kranjec will also be competing in Harrachov. Prevc’s Slovenian teammate possesses unique skills when it comes to showing spectacular and long flights.
Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) can also be considered among the top candidates. Despite not having many top results this winter, in Ski Flying the Tyrolean is always capable of fighting for the win.
Competition programme and starting times
Thursday, 13th March 2014
Qualification Individual HS 205 17:00 CET
Friday, 14th March 2014
1st and 2nd round Individual HS 205 16:30 CET
Saturday, 15th March 2014
3rd and final round Individual HS 205 16:00 CET
Sunday, 16th March 2014
1st and final round Team Competition HS 205 14:00 CET