Domen Prevc jumps to his next victory
17-year-old Slovene Domen Prevc won the second competition in Engelberg (SUI) and is now the top favorite for the 65th 4-Hills-Tournament starting in Oberstdorf on December 29th. The youngest of the three Prevc brothers took a clear win with jumps of 144 m and 141.5 m (305.9 points). With Poland's Kamil Stoch (143.5 m and 141.5 m; 293.8 points) in second and Stefan Kraft of Austria (138.5 m and 138 m; 283.1 points) in third, two other 4-Hills favorites were on the podium in Engelberg.
Domen Prevc already had a clear lead after the first jump and left no doubts about his currently outstanding position. "Unlike yesterday I had two good jumps today and I'm very satisfied with my performance and the result. I don't feel any pressure when it comes to the 4-Hills-Tournament, my team is great and they give me all the support I need. I saw how it was when my brother was winning one competition after the other, so this is not totally new for me", Domen Prevc explained after the competition. He is in an oustanding form right now and will probably be hard to beat in the upcoming events.
To the joy of the many Polish fans, double Olympic champion Kamil Stoch came in second. For Stoch this second place also means that he can be considered the main challenger of Domen Prevc at the upcoming 4-Hills-Tournament. "Today all my jumps were good and very consistent, of course I'm very satisfied with today's result. The competitions this weekend were on a very high level. I really liked the old hill here in Engelberg, the profile suited me well. I also like the new hill, but it's more difficult to jump here now", said Stoch.
Stefan Kraft, 4-Hills-Tournament winner 2014/15, came in third and took the third podium finish this weekend for Austria after Michael Hayboeck and Andreas Kofler were first and third yesterday. "The gap to the best two is huge, but I made the first step today. For the first time I was able to show two great jumps. I'm also super satisfied with my podium finish and I'm in a great position right now. Yesterday I was extremely happy about the podium results for my roommate Michael Hayboeck and Andreas Kofler, we had a lot of fun in our room yesterday. The pressure at the 4-Hills-Tournament is positive, you have to deal with it. I usually do well under this pressure and I'm already looking forward to the hype at the 4-Hills-Tournament", said Stefan Kraft.
Daniel Andre Tande: bad luck and an involuntary show
Norway's Daniel Andre Tande could not finish on the podium also in the second competition in Engelberg. After the first round he was very good position in second, then the 25-year-old had an awesome jump on 144.5 m in the final, but his hands touched the snow after the landing. Tande was able to avoid a crash with a lot of luck and enormous artistic skills but due to the low judges' marks he finished only 11th.
Eisenbichler very strong again
Once again Markus Eisenbichler was the best German and once again he showed a convincing performance. The 25-year-old Bavarian of the club TSV Siegsdorf, is jumping extremely consistent and can be considered an insider tip for the 4-Hills-Tournament. A good start in Oberstdorf and the impossible might become possible for Eisenbichler. With Richard Freitag in seventh, Severin Freund in ninth and Andreas Wellinger in 13th, the Germans showed a good performance today. Stephan Leyhe was 26th.
Once again the Austrians were the strongest team today. Besides Stefan Kraft, also Manuel Fettner (4th) and Michael Hayboeck (6th), who won Saturday's competition, were in the Top 6 today.
Prevc extends lead
With his win in Engelberg, Domen Prevc further extended his lead in the overall World Cup. The Slovene now scored 540 points and leads clearly ahead of Daniel Andre Tande (382 points) and Stefan Kraft (331 points).
Next stop for the ski jumpers is the opening event of the 4-Hills-Tournament in Oberstdorf (GER) on December 30th (qualification on Dec. 29th).