Facts & Figures about
the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Nizhniy Tagil
Nizhniy Tagil to host first large hill World
Cup in Russia
The ski jumping World Cup will visit Nizhniy Tagil
for the first time. Nizhniy Tagil is the 65th different
venue in World Cup history (men’s and women’s).
Nizhniy Tagil is the second Russian venue in men’s
World Cup history, after Sochi in 2012/13. On 8
and 9 December 2012, Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT)
and Andreas Kofler (AUT) were the respective winners.
The events in Sochi were held on a normal hill,
so Nizhniy Tagil will host the first large hill
event in Russia in World Cup history.
Only two Russian ski jumpers have ever claimed podium
finishes in the World Cup (Soviet Union not included).
Pavel Karelin (RUS) claimed a silver medal in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
in 2010/11, while Dmitri Vassiliev(RUS) combined
for three silver and six bronze medals in over a
decade (between 2000/01 and 2012/13).
This season, the most prominent World Cup result
by a Russian jumper was a 16th place by Vladislav
Boyarintsev (RUS) in Lillehammer last Saturday.
Koudelka’s breakout season continues
After winning the season’s opening event at Klingenthal
last month, Roman Koudelka (CZE) added a second
victory in Lillehammer last weekend.
Koudelka now has multiple victories this season,
while remaining winless in his eight seasons of
World Cup ski jumping prior to this campaign.
Koudelka’s only two other podium finishes in the
World Cup were a second place at Willingen (large
hill) in 2011/12 and a third place in Harrachov
(ski flying) in 2010/11.
Three other jumpers from Czech Republic have registered
multiple World Cup victories: Jakub Janda (CZE,
6), Jaroslav Sakala (CZE, 4) and Jan Matura (CZE,
Only Janda (20), Sakala (11) and Matura (4) have
as many or more World Cup podium finishes as a Czech
participant than Koudelka (4).
Schlierenzauer has victory records in sight
Gregor Schlierenzauer can rewrite the World Cup
record books this weekend in Nizhniy Tagil. The
Austrian needs one more victory to equal Matti Nyka"nen
(FIN) for most victories on large and normal hills
in the World Cup. Last weekend in Lillehammer, Schhlierenzauer
recorded his 39th win on these hills, one shy of
Schlierenzauer’s total of 53 individual victories
(including ski flying) is already a World Cup record.
No other jumper has more than 46 (Nyka"nen).
By winning in Lillehammer, Schlierenzauer snapped
a streak of 17 events without an Austrian World
Cup win on large or normal hills, since Thomas Diethart’s
(AUT) win in the final stage of the Four Hills Tournament
in Bischofshofen on 6 January 2014. This was Austria’s
longest streak without victory since a 28-event
winless run between January 2005 and January 2006.
It was his first victory since winning in Lillehammer
in 2013, exactly one year earlier, and his first
top-10 finish in 2014/15.
Schlierenzauer can also become the outright leader
in terms of World Cup victories in large hill and
normal hill at different venues. He could achieve
this in Nizhniy Tagil.
To this day, Schlierenzauer won at least one World
Cup in 18 different host cities, which equals for
most all-time. Adam Malysz (POL) and Jens Wei?flog
(GDR) also won in 18 host cities, while Nyka"nen
and Janne Ahonen (FIN) follow with 17.