Slovenia wins first competition of the season
The Slovenian team won the opening event of the World Cup in Klingenthal. With 540.6 points, Jurij Tepes, Robert Kranjec, Jaka Hvala and Peter Prevc took the win ahead of Germany (528.3 points) and Japan (523.6 points). The Polish team closely missed the podium as fourth with 521.1 points. Favourites Austria finished fifth (499.8 points) and Norway was sixth (461.6 points).
The second round of the competition in the Vogtland-Arena was canceled after only a few jumpers due to strong wind.
It was a great day for Jurij Tepes, who was on the Slovenian team that won the final team competition last season in Planica. "It was not easy today, you never knew where the wind would come from. But everyone of our team jumped well."
Karl Geiger, competing in a team competition in the World Cup for the first time, was also satisfied: "Of course it's a great feeling to be on the team. And I think I did a good job. Now I want to try to show consistent performances and achieve Top 15 results regularly."
Taku Takeuchi was happy about the podium result for the Japanese: "We are very happy today. We always try to be among the best, but we don't take such good results for granted."
At first it seemed like the teams of Germany and Poland would fight for the title. Andreas Wank jumped on 138.5 m after Zyla posted a 133.5 m jump. With 141 m Krzysztof Biegun raised hopes for Poland, but Karl Geiger (135.5 m) and Robert Kranjec also showed strong jumps. The Slovene had the longest jump of the day with 141.5 m.
The jumps of the third group were crucial. Dawid Kubacki landed at 123 m. Poland was now fourth. Jaka Hvala (134.5 m) took the lead for Slovenia against Andreas Wellinger (133.5 m). Severin Freund was not able to close the gap with 123 m. Peter Prevc (124.5 m) then secured the win for the Slovenian team. Taku Takeuchi captured the third place for Japan with 133.5 m. Kamil Stoch landed at 132.5 m - not enough for the podium.
The performances of the Austrians were also not good enough to achieve a podium result. Only Thomas Morgenstern had a convincing performance with his jump of 134.5 m. Wolfgang Loitzl (125.5 m) and Andreas Kofler (129.5 m), were not among the best. Gregor Schlierenzauer didn't show a top performance as well with his 127.5 m.
The Norwegian team had a rough start with a 113 m jump of Ole Marius Ingvaldsen. Tom Hilde (128 m), Anders Fannemel (124.5 m) and Anders Bardal (123 m) also didn't reach the 130 m mark. The Czech around veteran Jakub Janda had to fight to qualify for the final round right from the start. With 453.3 points Janda, Lukas Hlava, Jan Matura and Cestmir Kozisek finished close ahead of Finland (452.0 points) and Switzerland (451.6 points).
Russia (440 points), France (425.2 points), Italy (416.4 points), Korea (406.3 points) and Kazakhstan (324.5 points) had no real chance to achieve a top-eight result.
The World Cup opening in the Vogtland-Arena continues on Sunday with the individual competition starting with the trial round at 12:30 pm CET.