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Schlierenzauer, Hendrickson lead in Jumping
The 60th edition of the international Four-Hills-Tournament was - clearly - the Four-Hills-Tournament of the Austrians. There's no doubt that Gregor Schlierenzauer is a well-deserved winner. Under unusually challenging weather conditions anyone who's on the podium in all four events fully deserves to win the overall title. But the Austrian eagles won all four competitions and took nine of the twelve possible podium places. And they celebrated their fourth tournament victory in a row - achieved by four different athletes, which has never happened before in the history of the Four-Hills. Team Austria also swept the podium in the overall ranking and even this has happened only twice so far. In 1954/55 three Finns were on the podium and in 1974/75 the Austrians also achieved that feat with Wille Puerstl, Edi Federer and Karl Schnabl on the podium back then. This year it was Gregor Schlierenzauer, Thomas Morgenstern and Andreas Kofler.
The dominance of the Austrians might outshine the good work done by the other teams. For example, there are the Norwegians, for whom a new era has started with their new head coach Alex Stoeckl and youngsters including Rune Velta, Alte Pedersen Roensen, Vegard Haukoe Sklett and Kenneth Gangnes. With the third places of Daiki Ito and Taku Takeuchi the Japanese too achieved two podium results and both were in the top 10 of the overall ranking. The Germans expected more of their top athletes Richard Freitag and Severin Freund and even though both were in the top 10 overall, they didn't manage and podium results. However, five different German jumpers achieved top 10 results, a feat no other team pulled off.
Whilst the men concluded their Four-Hills, the ladies FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Ladies presented by Viessmann continued in Hinterzarten in Germany's Black Forest last weekend. 50 athletes competed on the Adlerschanze in the second and third competitions of the new series. Saturday's competition was rescheduled to Hinterzarten due to difficult snow conditions at Schonach/Schoenwald where it was initially scheduled.
On Saturday, the winner was Sabrina Windmueller (SUI). The competition was eventually decided after one round as the second round had to be cancelled after only 8 jumpers due to strong snowfall and changing winds. On Sunday, 18-year-old Sarah Hendrickson (USA), winner of the season's first World Cup, won the competition in a dominant fashion after setting a new ladies' hill record on the Adlerschanze. Sunday's competitions took place under fairer conditions than the first one the day before. Saturday's winner, Sabrina Windmueller could not take part because of school commitments. Sarah Hendrickson extended her lead in the overall World Cup ranking, having already scored 229 points in three competitions and is ahead of Coline Mattel (FRA) by 89 points.
Contributed by FISskijumping.com
Photo OC Hinterzarten