COC-M: Kilian Peier ahead of five Austrians
Kilian Peier prevented the next sweep of the Austrian team in the second competition of the Continental Cup in Stams (AUT). After the hosts took all three spots on the podium on Saturday, the Swiss won this weekend's second competition.
The 23-year-old was fourth after the first round with 112 m, he then made it to the top with his second jump of 115 m and a total of 278.4 points. For Kilian Peier, who also gained lots of attention with very good results in this year's Grand Prix, this was already the third win in the COC this summer.
"My jumps yesterday already were close to how I want them to be and today they were even closer. I'm satisfied with my results this weekend. For me, every competition is the same, whether it's the World Cup or the Continental Cup. Today I was definitely in a competition mode and in the end, the quality of the jumps is decisive. And now I would like to show this kind of quality also in the next competitions", said the winner.
On Saturday, six Austrians finished in the Top 7, today the local heroes had five athletes among the best six. The winner of the first competition, Philipp Aschenwald, was second on Sunday with his jumps of 114 m and 112 m and 276.8 points. "It seems everything is going really well for me right now. I'm in a good shape and I'm feeling well. I really enjoy Ski Jumping and that's what's most important. Yesterday it worked out great for me, today it didn't go that smoothly. In the final jump I risked a lot and unfortunately, I closely missed the win. But a second place is still a very satisfying result considering the strong field here."
Only 0.3 points behind his teammate, Daniel Huber, who jumped on 112.5 m and 117 m, came in third but he was not completely satisfied: "I'm not really happy with how this weekend went for me because I was not able to show what I'm capable of. But in the end I was still among the best and I was able to improve my performance. It's good see that we have a strong team. Kilian spoiled the party for us Austrians a bit, but that's okay. It's an international competition, Kilian has been jumping very well all summer and he showed that again today."
After his third place on Saturday, Clemens Aigner missed the podium by only one point this time and was fourth. Michael Hayboeck, who was in the lead ahead of Aschenwald and Aigner after the first half of the competition, in fifth and Gregor Schlierenzauer in sixth completed the outstanding team result of the Austrians.
Zak Mogel of Slovenia moved up from 13th to seventh in the final, the eighth place went to Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada. Best jumper of the German team was David Siegel in ninth. After the first round the athlete from Baiersbroon was only 20th, he then significantly improved this result with a 110 m jump in the second round.
Veteran Andreas Kofler was tenth and the sixth Austrian jumper in the Top 10 of this home competition.
Philipp Aschenwald leads the overall ranking of the COC with 478 points, Kilian Peier (350 points) and Lukas Hlava (189 points) are second and third.
The Continental Cup continues next weekend with two competitions in Oslo (NOR).