Facts about the ski jumping winter 2013/14

15 November 2013 09:58
Ski Jumping Facts & Figures
Ski Jumping Facts & Figures -
FIS

Schlierenzauer chases more records as Olympic season begins

>>
Two-time individual World Cup overall champion Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) can become the fourth man to win three or more season-long titles by triumphing again in 2013/14. He previously won in 2008/09 and 2012/13.

>>
The others to have won three or more overall World Cup titles are Matti Nykänen (FIN, four times – 1982/83, 1984/85, 1985/86 and 1987/88), Adam Malysz (POL, four times – 2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03 and 2006/07) and Andreas Goldberger (AUT, three times – 1992/93, 1994/95 and 1995/96).

>>
If Schlierenzauer defends his title from 2012/13, he will become the eighth man to win back-to-back World Cup titles and the first since Janne Ahonen (FIN) in 2004-05.

>>
Schlierenzauer has finished in the top three of the individual World Cup overall standings in five different seasons. By doing so again this season, he would join Ahonen (8) and Andreas Felder (AUT, 6) as the only men with six or more top-three finishes in the World Cup standings.

>>
Schlierenzauer already holds the all-time record with 50 individual World Cup victories, all of which have come in the last seven seasons. Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) has the next most individual World Cup victories during that span with 20.

>>
Schlierenzauer enters the season with 81 career individual World Cup podiums, 27 behind the leader Ahonen (108) and eleven behind second-placed Malysz (92). Schlierenzauer has had nine or more podiums in five out of the last six seasons, so if he stays healthy this season he seems destined to catch the retired Polish legend this season for second place on the all-time list.

>>
In individual and team World Cup events combined, Schlierenzauer (105) is behind only Ahonen (128), who is returning from retirement for a second time this season, in total podiums. The 23-podium gap between the two is exactly the same number as Schlierenzauer's most prolific podium season in individual and team World Cup events combined – 23 in 2008/09.

>>
Schlierenzauer, Nykänen and Martin Schmitt (GER) are the only men to have won 10 or more individual World Cup events in two different seasons. Schlierenzauer can be the first to do it three times by repeating his 10 victories from a year ago. Schmitt is still active and could theoretically achieve this feat too, but he has not won a single individual World Cup event since 2002.

>>
Schlierenzauer is bidding to become the first man to record 15 individual World Cup podiums in three different seasons. Morgenstern, Schmitt, Ahonen and Simon Ammann (SUI) could also achieve this feat this season, but Schlierenzauer seems the most likely to do it.

 

Morgenstern climbing up career World Cup lists

>>
While overshadowed by his countrymen Schlierenzauer in recent years, Thomas Morgenstern is also climbing up several historic World Cup record lists.

>>
Like Schlierenzauer, Morgenstern is aiming to become the fourth man to win three or more individual World Cup overall titles in 2013/14. Morgenstern won the title in 2007/08 and 2010/11.

>>
Morgenstern is eighth on the career list with 22 individual World Cup victories, three behind Felder (25) and six behind Schmitt (28). However, 17 of his 22 wins have come in his two title-winning seasons. He has only won multiple individual World Cup events in one other season (2009-10 – 2).

>>
Morgenstern currently sits in sixth place with 72 career individual World Cup podiums, just one behind Jens Weißflog (GDR/GER) and four behind Nykänen. Given that Morgenstern has surpassed four podiums in seven of the last nine seasons, he seems a good chance to overtake both Weißflog and Nykänen this season and move into fourth place on the all-time World Cup podium list behind Ahonen, Malysz and Schlierenzauer.

>>
Benefitting from an era of Austrian dominance and the holding of more team events in recent years, Morgenstern is the most successful team ski jumper in World Cup history. His 16 World Cup team victories and 30 World Cup team podiums are both more than any other man.

 

World Cup swansong for Simon Ammann?

>>
Four-time Olympic champion and Swiss legend Simon Ammann could be entering his final season on the World Cup tour as he builds towards the defence of his Olympic normal and large hill titles in Sochi.

>>
Ammann's 20 career individual World Cup victories are ninth on the all-time list, two behind eighth-placed Morgenstern.

>>
Ammann is seventh on the all-time list with 68 individual World Cup podiums. Morgenstern is again just above him on this list with 72.

>>
However, Ammann has not won on the World Cup circuit for more than two years, since his last victory on the large hill in Lahti, Finland, in March 2011. He recorded only two World Cup podiums last season.

 

Has Austria's team dominance come to an end?

>>
Austria's eight-year reign over the Nations Cup came to an end last season, as Norway won the season-long team title.

>>
Austria didn't win any of the six World Cup team events last season, their longest stretch without a team victory since a 10-event run from 1997 to 2001.

>>
In the history of World Cup team events, Austria leads all nations with 55 podiums. Finland and Norway enter this season tied for second with 37 World Cup team podiums each. On recent form, Norway appears likely to overtake Finland and be alone in second place by the end of this season.

>>
Last season was a breakthrough year for Slovenia, who recorded three World Cup team victories. With four all-time World Cup team victories, Slovenia is now tied with Japan for fifth place behind Austria (25), Finland (15), Norway (12) and Germany (6).

>>
Given that Japan's last World Cup team victory came in 2001, and all of Slovenia's have come since February 2012, the Slovenes appear poised to overtake Japan this season and even challenge Germany for fourth place.