Facts & Figures about the SFWC in Harrachov

11 March 2014 16:04
Facts & Figures - Harrachov
Facts & Figures - Harrachov -
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Kasai can be the 1st to win 2 individual SFWC golds on one hill

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Noriaki Kasai (JPN) won gold at the 1992 ski flying world championships in Harrachov as a 19-year-old. Now he returns at age 41.

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Kasai can become the fourth man to win two individual gold medals at the ski flying world championships after Walter Steiner (SUI, 1972 and 1977), Sven Hannawald (GER, 2000 and 2002) and Roar Ljøkelsøy (NOR, 2004 and 2006).

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Kasai can become the first man to win two individual ski flying world championship gold medals on the same hill.

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In fact, if Kasai wins any medal in Harrachov he will become the first man to win two medals of any colour on the same hill at the ski flying world championships.

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In 1992, Kasai was the youngest man to ever win gold at the ski flying world championships (a record which was surpassed by Gregor Schlierenzauer in 2008).

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Now Kasai can easily become the oldest man to win this title. Robert Kranjec (SLO) is the current oldest winner at age 30 in 2012.

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Kasai's most recent World Cup win came in ski flying – at Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf in January 2014. It was his first win in ski flying in nearly 15 years, since his victory in Planica in March 1999.

 

Schlierenzauer can be first man to win 5 SFWC gold medals

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Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) has won four ski flying world championship gold medals – individually in 2008 and in the team event in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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Schlierenzauer can become the first man to win five ski flying world championship gold medals. He currently shares the record of four with Ljøkelsøy, who won two individual and two team golds.

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Like Kasai, Schlierenzauer is also seeking to become the fourth man to win two individual ski flying world championship titles. Kranjec and Simon Ammann (SUI) are the other jumpers who can achieve this in 2014.

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Schlierenzauer has won two individual ski flying world championship medals (he also won silver in 2010) and he can become the fifth man to win three or more after Matti Nykänen (FIN, 5), Janne Ahonen (FIN, 4), Hannawald (3) and Steiner (3).

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Schlierenzauer is easily the most successful ski flying athlete in World Cup history, with 14 individual victories. The next most is six by Nykänen and Adam Malysz (POL).

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Schlierenzauer has won two World Cup ski flying events on the HS205 hill in Harrachov, both on the same day in February 2013.

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He is the only jumper in this year's field who has won more than once on the ski flying hill in Harrachov.

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Schlierenzauer was two years old when Kasai won the ski flying world championship title in Harrachov in 1992.

 

Stoch can win Poland's first SF WCh medal in 34 years

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Double Olympic champion Kamil Stoch (POL) can win Poland's first gold medal at the ski flying world championships.

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He can win Poland's second medal of any colour at the ski flying world championships and first since Pjotr Fijas won bronze in 1979 in Planica.

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Stoch has improved at every ski flying world championships he has participated in, going from 35th in 2006 to 34th in 2008 to 16th in 2010 to 10th in 2012.

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Stoch has won one ski flying World Cup event in his career, in Polish legend Malysz's final World Cup event in Planica in 2011.

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Stoch can become the third man to win an Olympic gold and ski flying world championship gold in the same season after Kazuyoshi Funaki (JPN) in 1998 and Ammann in 2010.

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Stoch can join Ammann as the only men to win both Olympic titles and the ski flying world championship title in the same year.

 

Austria go for fourth consecutive team SFWC gold

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Austria have won the last three ski flying world championship team gold medals, in 2008, 2010 and 2012.

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Austria have won the last eight world championship team titles on all hills since 2007.

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Norway are the only country other than Austria to win the ski flying world championship team gold medal, triumphing in the first two editions of the team event in 2004 and 2006. Norway's 2006 win was Austria's last defeat in a team world championship event on any hill.

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Schlierenzauer, Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) and Martin Koch (AUT) have all been part of all three Austrian ski flying world championship victories. With Morgenstern absent, Schlierenzauer and Koch can become the only men to be part of four team gold medals.

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Two jumpers are seeking their third team gold medals this year: Andreas Kofler (AUT) and Bjørn Einar Romøren (NOR).

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Only five different countries have made the podium in the team event at the ski flying world championships: Austria (4), Norway (4), Finland (4), Germany (2) and Slovenia (1).

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Slovenia won the most recent World Cup ski flying team competition, in Planica at the end of last season.

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This will be the first ski flying team competition held in Harrachov at World Cup or world championship level.