Look out Prevc brothers, there’s a new brother duo making a move. The Kobayshi brothers from Japan accounted for half of the podium places at the two Summer Grand Prix competitions last weekend in Hakuba, (JPN).
Junshiro Kobayashi, the winner of Saturday's competition also won on Sunday with 244.8 points (130 m and 126.5 m). Second place in the second day of action went to his younger brother Ryoyu, who scored 241.5 points with 134.5 m and 120 m.
In the first of the two competitions at the FIS Grand Prix 2017 in Hakuba, Junshiro earned a total of 272.4 points (130 m and 125.5 m), coming in ahead of Norway's Kenneth Gangnes (269.6 points) and Klemens Muranka of Poland (262.4 points).
For 26-year-old Kobayashi this was his second career Grand Prix win, he also stood on top of the podium in Almaty (KAZ) in 2015.
"I'm in a good shape right now. We haven't made any changes in my training, it's just going really well. I hope that I can have a similar result in the second home competition here in Hakuba tomorrow,” Kobayashi said after his win.
And his hopes came true as he flew to victory on the second consecutive day, this time sharing the podium with his brother Ryoyu.
The conditions at the Nagano 1998 Olympic hill in Hakuba were extremely difficult on Sunday morning. Constantly changing winds made the task difficult for the jury and lead to many short interruptions, but the brothers were ready for all conditions.
For Junshiro, the older brother, it was a memorable weekend. "It’s great that my brother is on the podium with me. Before the final round yesterday we were talking about being on the podium together, but it didn't work. Today we didn't talk about it and made it happen. We are both very happy now. Our goal is to be on the Olympic team together and that's what we are working for."
The FIS Grand Prix continues in two weeks in Chaikovsky (RUS).