Sapporo host their 63rd and 64th individual World
Cup event. This venue has been visited ever since
the first World Cup in 1979/80. Hirokazu Yagi (JPN)
won the first event, on 12 January 1980.
Last year, Jan Matura (CZE) claimed both victories
at Sapporo. A year earlier, both events were also
won by one jumper Ц Daiki Ito (JPN).
Matti Nyka"nen (FIN) collected the most individual
WC wins at Sapporo Ц six. Nyka"nen (G6-S1-B1),
Roar Lj?kels?y (NOR, G5-S2-B1) and Thomas Morgenstern
(AUT, G3-S3-B2) the most medals Ц eight.
Local hero Noriaki Kasai (JPN) became the oldest
individual World Cup event winner at 41 years and
213 days, at Tauplitz/Bad Mitterndorf on 11 January
Kasai still looks for his first victory at Sapporo.
He claimed two silvers (2004, 2010) and a bronze
67 athletes are participating this weekend.
Many different World Cup event winners this season
At Zakopane last Sunday, Anders Bardal (NOR) became
the 13th different individual World Cup event winner
of the season, surpassing the 12 total winners of
Only in 1979/80 (16, record) and 2002/03 (14) there
have been more different individual winners (in
1986/87 also 13).
There have been individual World Cup event winners
from eight countries this season, the most since
1986/87 (also 8).
The individual World Cup season record of countries
winning one or more events is nine (1983/84). The
1979/80 season also saw eight.
No jumper has won more than two individual events
this season. In all 33 previous World Cup seasons,
there has been at least one jumper with 3+ wins.
Thomas Diethart (AUT), Kamil Stoch (POL) and Gregor
Schlierenzauer (AUT) are the only ones with two
at the moment.
International top-7 in World Cup standings
The first seven jumpers in the overall World Cup
standings have different nationalities: Stoch (POL),
Schlierenzauer (AUT), Prevc (SLO), Ammann (SUI),
Bardal (NOR), Kasai (JPN) and Wellinger (GER).
Kamil Stoch (721 points) holds a 51-point lead in
the World Cup over Gregor Schlierenzauer (670).
Stoch can become the second Polish overall World
Cup winner, after Adam Malysz, who won it a record-equalling
four times (2000/01, 2001/02, 2002/03, 2006/07).