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Super-team super-close: 0.2 points make the difference

Feb 11, 2024·Ski Jumping
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With a tiny lead of 0.2 points, the Austrian team of Michael Hayboeck and Stefan Kraft came out on top ahead of the German team (Philipp Raimund and Andreas Wellinger) in the super team event in Lake Placid. Third place went to the team from Norway (Johann Andre Forfang and Marius Lindvik).

As in the individual competition in the morning, the conditions on the HS 128 meter hill in Lake Placid were again difficult in the evening.
In contrast to the first competition of the day, Austria's Stefan Kraft had every reason to be happy in the team competition: after dropping from first place after the first round to 24th place in the morning, Kraft and team-mate Michael Hayboeck managed to win the super team competition ahead of the German team.
"I've never experienced a day like this in my career. Nothing went right for me in the final this morning, the jump was bad and the conditions were bad too, it was simply forgettable.
Things went much better in the team, we also had that little bit of luck that you need to win a competition like this. 
When I landed, I thought it would be enough for second or third place. The fact that it was so close and that we ended up on top is great, we're really happy about that," said Kraft.

Second place went to the German team. Andreas Wellinger explained: "This is a top result for us, of course we are happy with it. But you do get a little annoyed when it's only 0.2 points to victory, it was really brutally close today."

15.4 points behind the German team were the Norwegians, who had led for long stretches of the competition but were caught by Austria and Germany in the end.
The team from Japan with Ren Nikaido and Ryoyu Kobayashi finished in fourth place.

The surprise of the day came from the Italians, who finished in fifth place ahead of the teams from Slovenia, Poland and Switzerland.

An individual competition is still on the program in Lake Placid on Sunday, starting at 15:15 CET (9:15 a.m. local time).

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