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Deschwanden, Shimizu and Hayboeck the best in the first training

RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center
RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center - FIS

The first training for the Olympic competition on the normal hill in Sochi took place under perfect conditions. No wind, - 2°C and a breathtaking view at the RusSki Gorki Ski facility in Sochi provided an appropriate framework for the start of the ski jumping competitions.

After his three extremely strong jumps in the first training on the HS 106 hill in Sochi, Austrian Michael Hayboeck is now one of the top contenders for the medals. Hayboeck jumped on 97 m, 101 m and 101 m and has to be considered one of the top favorites for the normal hill competition on Sunday.

Two other jumpers, who were not among the favorites so far, ccing performances. Swiss Gregor Deschwanden showed the best jump in the first training round witould also show convinh 98.5 m, Reruhi Shimizu was the best in the second round with 101.5 m.  

After the impressions of the first training, the German hopes rest on Severin Freund and Andreas Wellinger. While Freund showed strong performances in all three rounds, Wellinger improved step by step and jumped on 100.5 m in the third round.

Falls of Jacobsen and Kranjec

In the truest sense of the word, Norway's Anders Jacobsen got away with no more than a black eye, when he fell in the first round. "Everything will be okay by Sunday", said Jacobsen, who was already jumping again in the third round. Slovenia's Robert Kranjec had a spectacular third jump. He was not in balance after the take-off and lost control over his jump. But Kranjec was able to land on both feet and didn't suffer any injuries.

The second official training will already take place on Friday at 11:00 am local time (8:00 am CET).

Results as pdf-file

Statements about the first training

Thomas Morgenstern (AUT): "It's a really big victory for me to be here and take part. The training was not perfect, but I'm taking it step by step. I hope I will enjoy the Games, get back home safely and hopefully surprise. I don't feel any pressure at the moment because of the fall. I already have a Gold medal at home. I could surprise here."

Simon Ammann (SUI): "I must be very good here to get the right timing. In the last jump I didn't have it. What counts in the competition on Sunday. It's a big task to win Gold again. I came here to ski jump and not for the medals. Any medal is good."

Peter Frenette (USA): "I am a bit tired from jet-lag already but preparation has to change as I have to start the day later. I will get used to it before the competition starts, though."

Severin Freund (GER): "It has been a good season. I was on the podium twice and this is a good sign before such a big competition. I'm quite happy with the training jumps. It has been a nice day to get to know the hill again. But you have to jump better to win a medal as everyone is improving."

Anders Jacobsen (NOR): "The fall wasn't caused by the new bindings, it was my personal mistake. My bindings have been accepted by the federation."

Kamil Stoch (POL): "The hill is difficult. It is modern, but totally different from any other hill. I have to work more. Mistakes have a bigger effect on the jump than on the large hill. My jumps here weren't bad, but not good enough for me either. I'm not feeling any pressure, I'm just doing my job."

Yuta Watase (JPN): "It's more difficult than I imagined. I thought I would be jumping better. Of course the Olympics is different from a normal World Cup and that's why I was nervous."

Taku Takeuchi (JPN): "After my illness in January I'm okay again now, physically and mentally. Now I'm taking some medicine but I eat the same food as everybody else. We have an Asian Corner in our accomodation, but I don't eat there. It's not very good. On my helmet there is an image of the Japanese character Tobu, it means flight. We couldn't print letters or words on the helmet, that's why it looks more like a picture."

Tomoharu Yokokawa (head coach JPN): "Daiki Ito and Noriaki Kasai are experienced athletes and that's why they can afford to have their rest. There are two training days, so they can skip one. Kasai shows his best performances in the competitions. Takeuchi is physically okay again, but we shouldn't rush things. He should take it safe and slowly."

FIS-ski.com 06 February 2014

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