Facts & Figures about the World Cup in Kuusamo

27 November 2013 18:11
Facts & Figures - Kuusamo
Facts & Figures - Kuusamo -
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Wellinger can set German age-podium record

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Eighteen-year-old Andreas Wellinger (GER) finished second in Klingenthal on Sunday for his third career individual World Cup podium.

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If he reaches another podium in Kuusamo, Wellinger will set a new record by a jumper from any German state of four individual World Cup podiums through the age of 18. He currently shares the record of three with the great Jens Weißflog (GDR).

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Since 2000, Wellinger's three individual World Cup podiums through age 18 are the equal third most in the sport with Ville Larinto (FIN). Only Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT, 28) and Thomas Morgenstern (AUT, 11) made more podiums through age 18 during this time.

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If Wellinger wins one of the events this weekend (at age 18-093 on Friday and 18-094 on Saturday), he would be the youngest individual World Cup winner since Schlierenzauer at 18-069 in March 2008 in Planica.

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He would also be the second youngest German winner of an individual ski jumping World Cup event and youngest since Stephan Hocke (GER) won in Engelberg at 18-056 in December 2001 (includes both East and West Germany).

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Wellinger came fifth in the Kuusamo event last season, which was the equal best performance in his World Cup career at the time.

 

Young men are ruling the hill

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Krzysztof Biegun (POL) was an unlikely winner of the season opening competition in Klingenthal at the age of 19 years, 187 days.

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If Biegun wins the first competition in Kuusamo, he would be only the second teenager in the last 15 years (since Slovenia's Primož Peterka in 1998) to win back-to-back World Cup competitions. Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) had six different streaks of two or more consecutive victories when he was a teenager.

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The last 12 individual World Cup competitions have all been won by jumpers aged 26 or younger, with eight of those being won by jumpers aged 23 or younger.

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The last man to win an individual World Cup event over the age of 26 was Robert Kranjec (SLO), who won a ski flying competition in Vikersund in January at age 31.

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Kranjec is also the only man over 27 to have made the podium in the last six individual World Cup events, coming third in Oslo last March.

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Biegun is the sixth different Pole to win an individual World Cup event. Three of those winners - Biegun, Piotr Zyla and Kamil Stoch – have won events in the past nine months alone. Before Stoch's first World Cup win in 2011, only three Poles – Stanislaw Bobak, Pjotr Fijas and Adam Malysz – had won events in the first 32 years of World Cup ski jumping.

 

Ahonen's comeback returns to home snow

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Two-time World Cup overall winner Janne Ahonen (FIN) began his latest comeback by finishing 16th in the individual competition in Klingenthal, the best result among Finnish jumpers.

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It was Ahonen's best result in an individual World Cup event since he came fifth in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day 2011.

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This weekend's competitions will be Ahonen's first World Cup appearances on home snow in Finland since March 2011 (Lahti).

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Ahonen shares the record of two individual World Cup wins in Kuusamo with Andreas Kofler (AUT) and Peterka. Ahonen and Kofler, who will compete in Kuusamo despite suffering minor injuries after a fall in Klingenthal on Sunday, are vying to become the first man to win three individual World Cup events in Kuusamo.

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Both of Ahonen's World Cup wins in Kuusamo came in November 2004, and he remains the only jumper to win twice in Kuusamo in the same season.

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Ahonen has five career individual World Cup wins on home snow in Finland, three short of Matti Nykänen's (FIN) record for the most wins in Finland. If Ahonen can turn back the clock and win one of the events in Kuusamo, he would join Martin Schmitt (GER) in second place on that list behind Nykänen with six wins on Finnish snow.

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Ahonen has six or more individual World Cup wins in three different countries (Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria), sharing the record with Schlierenzauer. If he can win a sixth event in Finland, Ahonen would become the first man to have six or more individual World Cup wins in four different countries.

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Ahonen's last World Cup win, in March 2008, came in Finland (Kuopio).

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Sunday will mark the three-year anniversary of Finland's last win in an individual World Cup event – Larinto's triumph in Kuopio on 1 December 2010.