First win for Turkey in ski jumping

16 February 2015 18:30
Team Turkey celebrating in Brattleboro
Team Turkey celebrating in Brattleboro -
Pekka Niemelae

Besides the records in Vikersund, another premiere in ski jumping happened last weekend. It was not as spectacular as the world record flights of Peter Prevc and Anders Fannemel and it got less media attention, but it's still remarkable:

At the FIS Cup in Brattleboro (USA) a Turkish ski jumper could win an international competition for the first time. This was the first ever win of a Turkish athlete in an international winter sports event. 

21-year-old Samet Karta won on the HS 101 in Brattleboro with jumps on 92.5 m and 94.5 m and a total of 248.5 points. Karta came in 1.5 points ahead of Slovenia's Ziga Mandl and five points ahead of Ernest Prislic (SLO). So the 21-year old and the whole team of coach Pekka Niemelae had lots of reason to celebrate. 

It was a small but important step for the Turkish team on the way to becoming a winter sports nation.