Taking stock of first half of the Ski Jumping GP
The high turnout of spectators and TV ratings, as well as a high sporting level characterises the FIS Grand Prix in men's and ladies' Ski Jumping in summer 2013.
Having completed four (2 mixed team, 2 individual) of eight ladies competitions and 7 (2 mixed team, 1 team, 4 individual) of 15 men's competitions, it's now time to take stock.
After two individual competitions, Sara Takanashi of Japan is the overall leader of the Ladies' Grand Prix. She scored 125 points with a second place in Hinterzarten (GER) and a fifth place in Courchevel (FRA). Only 15-year-old Slovene Ema Klinec provided a surprise in the ladies competition in Courchevel when she participated in her very first Grand Prix competition, took the win and presented herself confidently: "I was hoping to jump well enough to win here", the 15-year-old said after her success. There are two more Ladies' Grand Prix events left this summer: In Nishny Tagil (RUS) on September 13th and 14th and in Almaty (KAZ) on September 21st and 22nd.
Outstanding male athlete of the summer so far is the young 17-year-old German Andreas Wellinger. With a second place in Hinterzarten (GER), wins in Wisla (POL) and Courchevel (FRA) and a third place in Einsiedeln (SUI), Wellinger has scored 340 points and clearly leads the overall ranking of the Grand Prix. Kamil Stoch (227 points) and Maciej Kot (212 points) of Poland follow as second and third. Also apart from the top 3, the Grand Prix 2013 is predominantly a duel between the two extremely strong teams of Poland and Germany. With Richard Freitag, Michael Neumayer and Andreas Wank, three more Germans follow in places 4 - 6 of the overall ranking. As a consequence, Germany is also clearly leading the Nation's Cup of the summer 2013 with a total of 1650 points ahead of Poland (1081 points) and Japan (798 points).
There might be some major changes in the overall ranking during the second half of the Grand Prix, because some of the top athletes will not take part in the upcoming competitions in Japan (Hakuba), on August 23rd and 24th, Nishny Tagil (RUS) on September 14th and 15th and Almaty (KAZ) on September 21st and 22nd.
After that, there are still the competitions in Hinzenbach (AUT) on September 29th and Klingenthal (GER) on October 3rd on the men's Grand Prix calendar.