>> Four-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann
(SUI) could be competing for the last time on his
home hill in Engelberg this weekend.
Ammann has won three times in Engelberg (once in
2008 and twice in 2009). If he can win a fairytale
double triumph this weekend, he would equal the
record of five wins at Engelberg, held by Janne
Ahonen (FIN). Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer (four
wins in Engelberg) and Andreas Kofler (three wins
in Engelberg) can also threaten Ahonen's record.
If Ammann wins his fourth World Cup event in Engelberg,
it will be the first venue to witness four or more
victories from the Swiss wizard. He has currently
won three times at Engelberg, Oslo and Lillehammer.
Ammann's seven World Cup podiums at Engelberg are
already his most at any single venue. His very first
World Cup podium at any venue came in Engelberg
on 16 December 2001, when he finished second.
Ammann signaled a return to form last weekend with
his first two podiums of the season in Titisee-Neustadt,
and he sits in equal seventh place in the World
Cup standings heading into this weekend.
It was the first time since March 2012 that Ammann
had registered two consecutive World Cup podiums.
Now he can make it three or four in a row for the
first time since a run of seven in a row from February
to December 2010.
Most individual World Cup wins in Engelberg
* Morgenstern will not compete
Ahonen can be the 1st man with 13 WC podiums
at one venue
Janne Ahonen came fifth in the second event at Titisee-Neustadt
on Sunday, his best World Cup result since he came
fifth in Garmisch on New Year's Day, 2011 (he did
not compete in 2011/12 and 2012/13).
Ahonen has 12 career individual World Cup podiums
in Engelberg, tied with his countryman Matti Nykänen
for the most individual World Cup podiums at any
venue. Nykänen made 12 podiums in Lahti.
Schlierenzauer has nine podiums in Engelberg and
can become the fourth man after Nykänen, Ahonen
and Jens Weißflog (GDR/GER), to make at least
10 podiums at a single venue. Ahonen is the only
man to have done it at more than one venue (Engelberg
Ahonen's first World Cup podium in Engelberg was
a victory on 19 December 1993 as a 16-year-old,
which was his first World Cup podium at any venue.
His most recent podium there was also a victory,
also on 19 December – this time in 2004.
If he wins one of the competitions in Engelberg,
Ahonen would join Nykänen as the only men to
win six or more World Cup events at one venue. Nykänen
won eight times in Lahti and six times in Sapporo.
Schlierenzauer can also achieve this by winning
the double in Engelberg to add to his four previous
Most individual World Cup podiums at one venue
Austria can equal record for
most WC wins at one venue
Austrian jumpers have won 15 individual World Cup
competitions in Engelberg and can equal the record
for most individual World Cup wins by one country
at one venue by winning both events this weekend.
The record of 17 World Cup wins by one country at
one venue is held by Austria in Sapporo and Finland
Austrian jumpers have won six out of the last seven
competitions in Engelberg, broken up only by Anders
Bardal's (NOR) win in 2011.
In the last 16 individual World Cup events in Engelberg
since 2006, Austrian jumpers have won 10 of them
and have claimed a remarkable 27 of the possible
48 podium places, with Schlierenzauer, Morgenstern
and Kofler accounting for 23 podiums between them
during this time.