A new format called "Planica 7" will make its debut at this year's final of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup on the Ski Flying hill in Planica from March 22nd to 25th.
In this new ranking, all the points an athlete scored in the seven jumps (1 qualification; 1 team competition; 2 individual competitions) on the four Ski Flying days in Slovenia will be added up to determine the winner.
The best Ski Flyer of the weekend in Planica will be awarded an additional prize money of CHF 20.000,-. The ski jumper, who is in the lead after each round will also receive a special gift.
"Since we have changed the rules for the qualification, the interest of all parties involved in this competition round has dramatically increased. In almost all of our World Cup competitions, the qualification winner was awarded a prize money. Therefore, it is just consequently, that Planica announces this Planica 7 award now", said FIS Race Director Walter Hofer.
“We decided to make the competitions in Planica more attractive for the athletes and for the spectators. We are glad the FIS was supportive of the idea and we can go further with the implementation in this year’s competition. In the future, we will further evolve the award and make it even more interesting", said Drago Bahun, the president of the organizing committee in Planica.