Facts about the World Cup opening in Klingenthal

20 November 2013 08:20
Facts & Figures - Klingenthal
Facts & Figures - Klingenthal -
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Large hill team - November 23rd

Austria looks to re-establish team dominance

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Austria has dominated team ski jumping for most of the last decade, but failed to win the Nation's Cup last season for the first time since 2003/04.

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In World Cup history, Austria has won 25 of the 66 World Cup team events (all hills) and made the podium 55 times. In large hill World Cup team events, Austria has won 17 out of 44, with 36 podium appearances.

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Austria has made the top three in the Nation's Cup in 33 of the 34 seasons in which it has been held, missing out only in 1996/97.

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The five main members of Austria's squad during their decade of dominance are the five most successful team ski jumpers of all time and are the only five ski jumpers in World Cup history to have 10 or more victories in team events (on all hills).

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Thomas Morgenstern leads all jumpers with 16 World Cup team victories, followed by Gregor Schlierenzauer and Andreas Kofler (14), then Martin Koch (11) and Wolfgang Loitzl (10).

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Despite winning last year's world championship large hill team event, Austria hasn't won a large hill World Cup team event since November 2011 (Kuusamo), a span of six competitions. The Austrians even missed the podium in the most recent two large hill World Cup team events, finishing fourth in Willingen and Lahti late last season.

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Austria's last World Cup team event triumph on any hill was on the ski flying hill in Planica at the end of the 2011/12 season.


Norway, Slovenia and Germany all aim for victory

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Norway, Slovenia and Germany have each won two out of the last six large hill World Cup team events.

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The trio, along with Austria, have all made the podium in four of the last six large hill World Cup team events. Poland (two podiums) is the only other country to have finished in the top three during this time.

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Norway can break its tie with Finland by finishing on the podium in a World Cup team event for the 38th time. Only Austria (55) have more World Cup team podiums.

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Slovenia made the podium in a large hill World Cup team event seven times in their history, and all seven have come at different venues (Planica, Lahti, Pragelato, Harrachov, Kuusamo, Zakopane and Willingen). Klingenthal can become the eighth different venue for a Slovenian podium this weekend.

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Germany has finished on the podium in each of the last four large hill World Cup team events to be held in Germany (all in Willingen).

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Germany's last six large hill World Cup team events have produced the following results pattern: 4, 3, 1, then 4, 3, 1 again. If this pattern continues in Klingenthal, the Germans will just miss the podium.

 

Klingenthal hosts first World Cup team event

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This will be the first ski jumping World Cup team event to be held in Klingenthal.

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It is the first time a World Cup ski jumping event will have been held in November in Germany, or in any country other than Finland, Norway or Canada.

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This equals the earliest start to a World Cup season in ski jumping history. The 2001/02 season also started on 23 November, in Kuopio, Finland.

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There have been 13 previous large hill World Cup team competitions held in Germany, all in Willingen.

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Austria are the best performed country with four wins and 11 podiums in those 13 events, while host nation Germany has managed two wins (equal third) and nine podiums (second).

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Andreas Kofler (AUT) has been the most successful jumper in large hill World Cup team events in Germany, triumphing three times with the Austrian team, in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

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Kofler, teammate Thomas Morgenstern and retired Finn Matti Hautamӓki share the lead with six podiums in large hill World Cup team events held in Germany.

 

Large hill individual – November 24th

Schlierenzauer can be first man to reach 10 wins in Germany

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Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) can become the first man to win 10 individual World Cup events in Germany. His nine individual wins in Germany have all come on a large hill, at four different venues (Klingenthal, Willingen, Oberstdorf and Garmisch-Partenkirchen).

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Schlierenzauer is already the only man in World Cup history with 10 or more individual victories in a single country, with 11 wins in Norway.

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Schlierenzauer owns 17 individual World Cup podiums on German snow. On Sunday he can tie the all-time record of 18 podiums in Germany, jointly held by Janne Ahonen (FIN) and Adam Malysz (POL). That number marks the second most individual World Cup podiums by any ski jumper in any country, topped only by Ahonen's 21 podiums in Austria.

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Schlierenzauer is already the only man to win more than once in Klingenthal, having triumphed there in 2007 and 2009.

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In his five previous individual World Cup competitions in Klingenthal, Schlierenzauer has made four podiums and has finished no worse than fifth.

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Schlierenzauer has never won the opening individual competition of a World Cup season. In last season's opening weekend in Lillehammer, he finished eighth on the normal hill in the first individual competition and won the large hill a day later. That victory in Lillehammer is Schlierenzauer's only individual World Cup win in the month of November.

 

Kasai begins 23rd World Cup season

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Japanese legend Noriaki Kasai begins his 23rd World Cup season this weekend at age 41.

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Kasai's first individual World Cup podium, on the normal hill at Lahti in February 1992, came one month after Schlierenzauer's first birthday.

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Kasai's 43 individual World Cup podiums rank 13th in World Cup history and first among non-European jumpers.

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Kasai has more World Cup wins (5) and podiums (12) in Germany than in any other country. He doesn't have more than two wins or six podiums in any other country.

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Kasai's victory on the large hill in Willingen in February 2003 was the last individual World Cup win on German snow by a non-European jumper. The 47 individual events since then have all been won by Europeans.

 

First-up victory doesn't guarantee overall success

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In the 34 years of World Cup ski jumping, the winner of the first individual competition of the season has gone on to win the overall World Cup in the same season title 10 times.

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The most recent jumper to achieve this was Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) in 2007/08.

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Last season, Severin Freund (GER) won the first competition of the season and finished fourth in the overall World Cup standings.

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Six times in ski jumping World Cup history, the overall World Cup title was won by a teammate of the man who won the season opener. This happened most recently in 2010/11, when Andreas Kofler (AUT) won the first competition but Morgenstern claimed the overall title.

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On five of those six occasions, Austrian jumpers were involved. The only time a non-Austrian jumper won the season opener only to have a teammate win the overall title came in 2003/04, when Matti Hautamaki (FIN) won the first event in Kuusamo only for Janne Ahonen (FIN) to win the season-long title.

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The most successful jumper in the season opener in World Cup history is Dieter Thoma (FRG/GER). He won the season opener on four different occasions (1988, 1989, 1996 and 1997).

 

Winner of the first competition and overall winner in the same season:

 

Name Nation Season
Thomas Morgenstern AUT 2007/08
Janne Ahonen FIN 2004/05
Adam Malysz POL 2001/02
Martin Schmitt GER 1999/00
Martin Schmitt GER 1998/99
Espen Bredesen NOR 1993/94
Toni Nieminen FIN 1991/92
Andreas Felder AUT 1990/91
Matti Nykänen FIN 1987/88
Matti Nykänen FIN 1982/83