Thomas Diethart, who sensationally won the 4-Hills-Tournament in the 2013/14 season, is fighting for his return to the top after some difficult years.
Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz had to undergo surgery on Tuesday, due to an injury that she had already sustained early March.
The Swiss Ski Association (Swiss-Ski) announced its Ski Jumping teams for the upcoming 2017/18 season on Tuesday.
Ronan Lamy Chappuis, who was sidelined for the most part of the last winter season due to back problems, will now have to undergo surgery.
The preliminary competition calendars for the 2017 summer season and the winter 2017/18 were released on Friday afternoon during the annual spring meetings of the FIS Sub-Committees in Zurich (SUI).
For the Canadian ski jumpers the season 2016/17 ended with the national championships in the Whistler Olympic Park last weekend. The titles on the 2010 Olympic hills there went to the two favorites Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes and Taylor Henrich.
Youngster Eetu Nousiainen, who made his debut in the World Cup towards the end of last season, was the best in the Finnish Ski Jumping championships on the normal hill on Sunday.
Noriaki Kasai presented himself in a really good shape at the end of the past season. With finishing third in Vikersund and a fourth and a second place at the World Cup final in Planica, the Japanese crowd favorite could once again prove his outstanding Ski Flying skills.
Denis Kornilov and Ksenia Kablukova claimed the titles at the Russian Ski Jumping championships on the normal hill in Chaikovsky.
Andreas Mitter is now coaching the Finnish Ski Jumping team for a year. The Austrian, for whom this is the first job as head coach after working with young athletes in his home country, shall lead the once big Ski Jumping nation back to the top.
Stefan Kraft won the final competition of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup 2016/17 and also claimed the overall World Cup title and the Ski Flying World Cup title. The second and third place in the great finale on the Letalnica Ski Flying hill in Planica (SLO) went to Andreas Wellinger of Germany and Japan's Noriaki Kasai.
The team of Norway, with Robert Johansson, Johann Andre Forfang, Anders Fannemel and Andreas Stjernen, won the final team competition of the 2016/17 season on Saturday with 1551.6 points. In a breathtaking competition the Norwegians came in ahead of Germany (1502.6 points) and Poland (1493.8 points). The 25 000 enthusiastic fans also saw a new amazing hill record of 251.5 m, set by Poland's Kamil Stoch.
Austria's Stefan Kraft won the first of three Ski Flying event on the final weekend of the Ski Jumping season in Planica (SLO). With jumps of 243 m and 240.5 m (490.2 points), the 23-year-old of the club SV Schwarzach took a clear win ahead of the two Germans Andreas Wellinger and Markus Eisenbichler. After this win the overall World Cup title is now within reach for Kraft.
The victory in the qualification for the first individual competition at the World Cup final in Planica (SLO) went to Norway's Robert Johansson, who already proved his flying skills when he held the world record for a short period of time last weekend in Vikersund.
After the dramatic final on Sunday in Vikersund the organizers drew a preliminary conclusion: The Norwegian Ski Association as well as the International Ski Federation FIS were completely satisfied with the premiere of the new 10-day competition series of the world's best ski jumpers.
Kamil Stoch of Poland won Sunday's Ski Flying event on the "Monsterbakken" in Vikersund. In an extremely exciting competition, Stoch had jumps of 238.5 m and 237 m (466.6 points) and took the win ahead of Noriaki Kasai of Japan (239.5 m and 241.5 m; 448.0 points) and Austria's Michael Hayboeck (241.5 m and 222.5 m; 430.4 points). This was the 22nd win in the World Cup for Stoch, the second in Ski Flying. It was also a dramatic final of the battle for the RAW AIR overall title. At the end Stefan Kraft of Austria could take home the first ever RAW AIR trophy.
The last competition of the 2016/17 Continental Cup season could also not take place on the large hill due to the wind conditions and so the event had to be moved to the normal hill in Chaikovsky (RUS) again, like already on Saturday.
Incredible team competition as part of the RAW AIR Tournament in Vikersund (NOR). On the world's largest Ski Flying hill local hero Robert Johansson was the first to set a new world record with 252 m (the old record was set by Norway's Anders Fannemel in 2015). Only a few minutes later there was yet another record jump: Austria's Stefan Kraft landed at outstanding 253.5 m and could hardly avoid a fall.
Due to the difficult wind conditions in Chaikovsky (RUS) it was decided to move the first competition on this season's final of the Continental Cup on Saturday afternoon from the large to the normal hill.
It was not looking too good all day long for the opening Ski Flying event in Vikersund (NOR). Due to the strong wind the competition, which was included in the program as a replacement for the canceled competition in Lillehammer, could not be held. Then also the start of the training and the qualification had to be postponed various times before the athletes could finally start to fly at 7:30 pm CET.
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