3 Mar 2011

Oslo - 03.03.2011

The last individual competition here in Oslo and things in ski jumping are rarely what we expect them to be, that is what i love most about this sport. Where Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) seemed to have another victory in the bag, his team mate, Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT), beat him to it. 

The first round treated us with Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) as leader, Anders Jacobsen (NOR) on the second place and Anders Bardal (NOR) on third. There was quite a situation with Tom Hilde, who fell after landing. He managed to jump 133.5 m, good position during the flight, good landing, but lost his balance and fell. He touched the ground when he was passed the point that penalties are applied, however judges Richard Grady (CAN) and Erik Stahlhut (GER) decided to give him just 16.0 and 16.5. The crowd was upset by this, as this cost him about 4 positions. 

The second round was quite different, the fog started to settle back in and the wind was not friendly. Three Norwegians finished in top ten, Tom Hilde (10), Anders Jacobsen (9) and Anders Bardal (7), the crowd was cheering intensely for them, too bad they didn’t manage to get any medals today. 

Andreas Kofler (AUT), although a huge favourite after winning the silver medal on the normal hill, managed to get from the 9th place in the first round, to the 4th in the second, but his efforts did not quite suffice for a medal. Still, he has the hill record here, which remained untouched.

Simon Ammann (SUI) finished the first round on the 9th place and in the second summed up a total of 274.3 points, with 129.5 m and 134.5 m jumps.

Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) was the last to jump and the tension was a killer. With 133.0 m and 131.0 m jumps he seemed to have managed yet another gold medal. He summed up 277.2 points, but there was someone else with 277.5 points.

Gregor Schilerenzauer (AUT) did not have the best season, but slowly he is recovering his old shape. Today he jumped 130.0 m and 134.5 m, with almost the same grace and technique we were used to for the past years, he managed to win the gold medal today in Holmenkollen.

Official results here.

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