World Champion Kranjec wins qualification - Fall of Morgenstern
Robert Kranjec - FIS
A serious fall of Austrian Thomas Morgenstern clouded the first day of ski flying at the Kulm. Morgenstern fell in the second training round at 100 m, lost his consciousness and slided down the landing area of the ski flying hill.
Morgenstern was then responsive again and after a first medical check it was said that his injuries are not as serious as it first seemed.
Teammate Wolfgang Loitzl: "If a teammate falls, you are not only thinking about yourself, your thoughts are also with him. I hope that Morgi will get well soon." Head coach Alexander Pointner: "After such a fall you have to see if the other members of the team are able to ski fly. We will announce a diagnosis as soon as we get one."
Ski flying World Champion Robert Kranjec of Slovenia won the qualification and once again proved his outstanding flying skills. With 194.5 m (179.3 points), Kranjec came in close ahead of his teammate Jurij Tepes (193 m / 176.1 points) and Czech Antonin Hajek. Local hero Wolfgang Loitzl finished fourth with his jump on 189 m.
With Peter Prevc as the best of the pre-qualified athletes, the Slovenian team once again showed an impressive ski flying performance. Prevc posted the longest jump of the pre-qualified athletes with 188 m, followed by Swiss Simon Ammann and Piotr Zyla and Jan Ziobro of Poland. Kamil Stoch skipped the qualification round. Veteran Noriaki Kasai did not jump today and, laughingly, explained this decision with his age.