Facts & Figures about the World Cup in Sapporo

23 January 2014 15:30
Facts & Figures - Sapporo
Facts & Figures - Sapporo -
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Sapporo firm stronghold on World Cup calendar

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Sapporo host their 63rd and 64th individual World Cup event. This venue has been visited ever since the first World Cup in 1979/80. Hirokazu Yagi (JPN) won the first event, on 12 January 1980.

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Last year, Jan Matura (CZE) claimed both victories at Sapporo. A year earlier, both events were also won by one jumper – Daiki Ito (JPN).

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Matti Nykänen (FIN) collected the most individual WC wins at Sapporo – six. Nykänen (G6-S1-B1), Roar Ljøkelsøy (NOR, G5-S2-B1) and Thomas Morgenstern (AUT, G3-S3-B2) the most medals – eight.

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Local hero Noriaki Kasai (JPN) became the oldest individual World Cup event winner at 41 years and 213 days, at Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf on 11 January 2014.

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Kasai still looks for his first victory at Sapporo. He claimed two silvers (2004, 2010) and a bronze (2002).

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67 athletes are participating this weekend.

 

Many different World Cup event winners this season

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At Zakopane last Sunday, Anders Bardal (NOR) became the 13th different individual World Cup event winner of the season, surpassing the 12 total winners of last season.

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Only in 1979/80 (16, record) and 2002/03 (14) there have been more different individual winners (in 1986/87 also 13).

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There have been individual World Cup event winners from eight countries this season, the most since 1986/87 (also 8).

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The individual World Cup season record of countries winning one or more events is nine (1983/84). The 1979/80 season also saw eight.

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No jumper has won more than two individual events this season. In all 33 previous World Cup seasons, there has been at least one jumper with 3+ wins. Thomas Diethart (AUT), Kamil Stoch (POL) and Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) are the only ones with two at the moment.

 

International top-7 in World Cup standings

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The first seven jumpers in the overall World Cup standings have different nationalities: Stoch (POL), Schlierenzauer (AUT), Prevc (SLO), Ammann (SUI), Bardal (NOR), Kasai (JPN) and Wellinger (GER).

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Kamil Stoch (721 points) holds a 51-point lead in the World Cup over Gregor Schlierenzauer (670).

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Stoch can become the second Polish overall World Cup winner, after Adam Malysz, who won it a record-equalling four times (2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2006/07).