COC: First win for Daniel Huber
Daniel Huber of Austria was the best in the second Continental Cup competition in Engelberg (SUI) on Wednesday afternoon.
The 23-year-old from Salzburg showed jumps of 139 m and 133.5 m under once again difficult and changing wind conditions on the Titlis-hill and took his first ever win in the COC with a total of 280.3 points. "We didn't change anything compared to yesterday. The whole team was jumping better than the results showed. Today we stayed calmed and showed what we are capable of", said Huber, who will be part of the Austrian national group for the 4-Hills-Tournament events in Innsbruck and Bischofshofen.
Aljaz Osterc of Slovenia, who achieved his first podium finish in this competition series in third on Tuesday, could further improve this result today and came in second with consistently strong jumps of 133.5 m and 133 m (276.2 points). "I'm really satisfied with my jumps, they were even better than yesterday. I don't know when I'll get to compete in the World Cup, I'm young, so there's no hurry", said the 17-year-old.
After their double victory on Tuesday, the Norwegians didn't finish on the very top this time, but still they achieved an extremely strong team result. Joakim Aune, second on the day before, confirmed his great shape in Engelberg with 138 m and 131 m and the third place with 275.3 points. "I'm really surprised, I didn't expect that. I'm very happy about my performance and it feels great to be on the podium on two days in a row."
Close behind, Aune's teammates Halvor Egner Granerud, who won the first competition here and was also in the lead after the first round today, and Johann Andre Forfang followed in fourth and fifth. Sigurd Nymoen Soeberg and Joachim Hauer tied for tenth and so five Norwegian were in the Top 10 once again.
The sixth place went to Finland's Antti Aalto, who presented himself in a constantly good shape in the recent competitions with the places 4, 12 and 6 and will now get to represent Finland in the 4-Hills-Tournament together with Jarkko Maeaettae. Austria's Clemens Aigner was seventh, followed by Sebastian Colloredo of Italy (8th) and Slovenia's Miran Zupancic (9th).
After the two competitions in Engelberg, Daniel Huber (265 points) and Halvor Egner Granerud (248 points) are now second and third in the overall ranking of the COC. Cene Prevc, who didn't compete in Switzerland, is still in the lead with 280 points.
The Continental Cup will continue in Titisee-Neustadt (GER) on January 7th and 8th.