Facts & Figures about the World Cup in Innsbruck

02 January 2014 13:28
Facts & Figures - Innsbruck
Facts & Figures - Innsbruck -
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Four Hills leader Diethart goes for second straight win

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Thomas Diethart (AUT) won his first World Cup event on Wednesday in Garmisch and goes for two in a row on Saturday in Innsbruck.

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Diethart can be the first man to have his second Four Hills triumph come in the next event after his first since Wolfgang Loitzl (AUT) in 2008/09. Loitzl won his first Four Hills event in Garmisch that season, and then went on to win both Austrian hills to claim the overall title.

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Diethart can become the first man to win both Garmisch and Innsbruck in the same tournament since Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) did it in 2009/10.

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Diethart and Simon Ammann (SUI) were both on the podium in Oberstdorf and Garmisch. If they are both on the podium again in Innsbruck, it will be only the fourth time in Four Hills history that two ski jumpers have both made the podium in each of the first three hills.

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The previous occasions this happened were: 1952/53 - Asgeir Doelplads (NOR) and Sepp Bradl (AUT); 1992/93 – Andreas Goldberger (AUT) and Noriaki Kasai (JPN); and 2011/12 – Andreas Kofler (AUT) and Schlierenzauer.

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Since joining the World Cup tour this season in Engelberg, Diethart has finished fourth, sixth, third and first in his four events.

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Prior to this season, his only World Cup experience was on the two Austrian hills in the 2011 and 2013 Four Hills, in which his best finish in the four events was 28th (Innsbruck 2011).

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Diethart did not qualify for the competition rounds in Innsbruck a year ago.

 

Morgenstern aims for 6th Four Hills event win

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Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) finished second in Garmisch and sits in second place in the tournament at the halfway stage.

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If Morgenstern wins in Innsbruck it will be his sixth Four Hills victory, tying him with Helmuth Recknagel (GDR) and Sven Hannawald (GER) for the sixth-most Four Hills wins.

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Morgenstern's podium on Wednesday was his 14th in a Four Hills event. If he makes another podium on Saturday, he could equal his teammate Schlierenzauer in fifth place on the all-time list with 15 Four Hills podiums (assuming Schlierenzauer doesn't make the podium himself).

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Morgenstern has won once before in Innsbruck during the Four Hills tournament and twice in Bischofshofen. If he wins on Saturday he will become the sixth man to have won at least twice on both Austrian hills after Goldberger, Schlierenzauer, Recknagel, Björn Wirkola (NOR) and Janne Ahonen (FIN).

 

Ammann can be 6th man with 3+ Four Hills podiums in 3+ seasons

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Simon Ammann has made three Four Hills podiums in one season twice before, in 2008/09 and 2009/10.

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Ammann has two podiums so far in this season's tournament. If he is on the podium again in Innsbruck, he will become the sixth man to record three or more Four Hills podiums in at least three different seasons.

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The other men to do it three or more times are Jens Weißflog (GDR/GER, six times), Ahonen (6), Wirkola (3), Kasai (3) and Recknagel (3).

 

Austria can set a new record with six wins in a row in Innsbruck

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Austrian jumpers have won the last five Four Hills events in Innsbruck, through Wolfgang Loitzl (2009), Gregor Schlierenzauer (2010, 2013), Thomas Morgenstern (2011) and Andreas Kofler (2012).

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This is already the longest run of consecutive Four Hills victories by one country at Innsbruck and is equal to the longest run of consecutive Four Hills victories by one country on any of the four hills.

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Germany won five Four Hills events in a row in Oberstdorf from 1998-2002, with Martin Schmitt winning the first three of those and Sven Hannawald the last two.

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On Saturday, Austria can therefore become the first country to win six consecutive Four Hills events at any single Four Hills venue.

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Austria can also set a new record by winning for the 14th time in Innsbruck during the Four Hills tournament. They currently share the record of 13 wins there with Finland.

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Schlierenzauer can win for the third time in Innsbruck during the Four Hills tournament to equal the record held by Goldberger, Wirkola, Matti Nykänen (FIN) and Kazuyoshi Funaki (JPN).

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Overall, Austrian jumpers have won 59 Four Hills events and they can become the first country to win 60 by triumphing in Innsbruck on Saturday.

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Austria have won 16 of the last 22 Four Hills events on all hills since the start of the 2008/09 tournament.