The 2018 edition of the FIS World Ski Flying Championships presented by Viessmann is in the history books and it was a massive success for both the Oberstdorf (GER) Organising Committee and the Norwegian team, which won the two much coveted gold medals.
Daniel Andre Tande of Norway was crowned the individual Ski Flying World Champion on Saturday following three exciting jumps. Due to windy conditions, the fourth round was not completed, but the 23-year-old was more than convincing with jumps of 212, 272 and 200 metres. He had already demonstrated his form during Friday’s qualification round, setting a prestigious new hill record on the jumping hill, flying 238.5 metres.
Poland's Kamil Stoch was the silver medallist and hometown favourite Richard Freitag earned the bronze medal.
"Honestly, I don't know how to describe what I'm feeling right now. It's definitely a dream come true for me. The waiting before the fourth round was different than in any other competition because it was about the final jump. I just tried to stay focused", said Tande, who was overwhelmed after winning his first major international title.
Tande is the third Norwegian Ski Flying World Champion. Before him, Roar Ljoekelsoey (2004, 2006) and Ole Gunnar Fidjestoel won the title for his home country.
In Sunday’s Team Event, Tande doubled his gold medal tally when the Norwegians, who have won every World Cup team event this season lived up to all expectations and continued their unbeaten streak claiming the World Championship title.
The defending champions, with Robert Johansson, Andreas Stjernen, Johann Andre Forfang and Daniel Andre Tande, were extremely strong and with 1662.2 points, were unbeatable. The teams of Slovenia and Poland came in second and third place, respectively.
It was Norway’s fourth team title after 2004, 2006 and 2016, making the nation the most successful in team events at FIS Ski Flying World Championships. Austria follows with three gold medals.
"It's difficult to say what our secret is but we work a lot on our flying skills and we always have confidence when we come to these bigger hills", Robert Johansson explained after the competition.
Despite the tricky weather with hurricane winds throughout Germany during the week, the fans still came out in masses to cheer on their favourite nations at the newly renovated Heini-Klopfer Ski Flying stadium on the outskirts of the Southern German destination. On both Saturday and Sunday, there were sell-out crowds of 25,000 in Oberstdorf.