With a historic get on the Planet Cup circuit this year, double Olympic winner Kamil Stoch is in peak sort as he aims to protect his ski leaping titles at the Pyeongchang Game titles.
Stoch gained his 2nd straight Four Hills tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Jan. 6 to come to be only the 2nd ski jumper in the long background of the activity to get all 4 levels of the prestigious celebration.
Germany’s Sven Hannawald is the only other ski jumper to accomplish the feat, winning all 4 levels 16 a long time ago. Stoch also gained the Four Hills in 2017 when he was first in just one particular of the 4 levels.
The 30-12 months-aged Pole gained both equally the regular and massive hill functions at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, adding to his environment title on the massive hill a 12 months in advance of.
When Stoch gained double gold in Sochi, he grew to become just the 3rd guy to do so. Matti Nykanen of Finland gained both equally golds in 1988. Switzerland’s Simon Ammann gained two golds in 2002 and 2010.
This is some of what to know likely into ski leaping at the Pyeongchang Game titles:
MEDAL FAVORITES: Slovenia’s Peter Prevc gained silver on the regular hill and bronze on the massive hill in Sochi. While he has struggled this 12 months on the Planet Cup circuit he will be banking on experience that involves winning the 2016 Planet Cup and the 2016 Four Hills.
Germany’s Richard Freitag has 3 Planet Cup wins so considerably this year but fell all through the Innsbruck end of the Four Hills and endured a hip damage that could jeopardize his Olympic medal hopes.
Andreas Wellinger of Germany has been on the podium 5 periods this year and will also be a potent medal contender.
Climbing STARS: Daniel Andre Tande. The 23-12 months-aged has 3 Planet Cup wins general and has carried out well this year with 3 podium finishes. The Norwegian finished 2nd at the Innsbruck stage of the Four Hills and could be established for a breakthrough in Pyeongchang.
Possible Document SETTERS: An additional jumper to keep an eye on in Pyeongchang will be ageless marvel Noriaki Kasai. Acknowledged as “Legend Kasai” in his native Japan, the 45-12 months-aged will be competing in his eighth consecutive Olympics.
Kasai would come to be the sole document-holder for most Winter Olympic appearances if he competes in Pyeongchang. He currently shares the document with Russian luger Albert Demchenko.
Kasai produced his Olympic debut at the 1992 Albertville Game titles in France, and has appeared at each celebration considering that. He has acquired 3 medals, like workforce silver at Lillehammer in 1994, and silver for the massive hill and workforce bronze at Sochi.
He is the oldest Olympic ski leaping medalist and the oldest ski leaping Planet Cup personal celebration winner.
Greatest RIVALRY: Germany edged out Austria in the workforce celebration 4 a long time ago and the two ski leaping rivals really should supply some fireworks yet again this 12 months alongside with powerhouse Norway.
The ski leaping competitiveness will choose place at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre, which is positioned in the Pyeongchang Mountain Cluster.
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