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Four Hills Tournament in Innsbruck: Norwegian Roulette


Changing winds determined the third jumping of the four hill tour. In Innsbruck, the Norwegians dominated - and Dawid Kubacki, who has the best chance of overall victory.

Fighting the wind: Oh, you beautiful outdoor sport. Sometimes the upward wind blew so hard in Innsbruck that the athletes were pushed upwards immediately after the jump. Then again there was no support, the wind blew from the side or even from behind. The competition management tried to cope with the conditions by changing the infeed hatch - but the wind speeds changed so quickly that luck always played a role.

Moody Norwegian weather: In addition to the man of the hour, Marius Lindvik, a second Norwegian shone in the end: Daniel-André Tande jumped onto the podium with a jump of 131 meters in the second round. His ankle injury from December seems to be barely burdening Tande, who had struggled back to the top of the world after the serious illness before the season. Fellow countryman Johann André Forfang also finished seventh in the front. He had benefited from the upturn in round one of Norwegian Roulette.

The result: sorry, of course it has to mean: the results. The day's victory was secured by Lindvik, the competition report is here. Above all, however, the overall status was of interest after the wind lottery in Innsbruck.

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First round: The Bergisel creates facts. Many a four-hill tour has already been lost in Innsbruck. According to Karl Geiger's 117.5 meters, German hope already seemed to have been shed. Marius Lindvik, the winner of Garmisch, and the constant Pole Dawid Kubacki set the best distance in front: 133 meters, fifteen and a half meters further than the violinist. A small world in ski jumping.

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Karl Geiger struggled with his jump and the winds

Second run : With a shorter start-up - and the corresponding bonuses on the points account - Geiger then reaches 126 meters in the second attempt. How much this distance should be worth was shown when Lindvik and Kubacki landed at 120.5 meters: suddenly the favorites were close enough again to postpone preliminary decisions in the classification.

Won duel - lost tour? In the classification, Geiger slipped to third place. The new leader Kubacki is 13.3 points short, which is the equivalent of seven and a half meters. Catching up - but still a decent mortgage. The much-cited duel between the German and Ryoyu Kobayashi, previously tour leader, even went in Geiger's favor: the Japanese also had to fight the wind, only ended up in 14th place and fell back to fourth place in the overall ranking ,

Two rounds, three king jumping, four chances: Before the final competition on Monday (5.15 p.m., live ticker SPIEGEL) on the Paul Ausserleitner ski jump in Bischofshofen, a quartet of chances for the overall victory can now be calculated. It is the competition of the tour in which the greatest distances are possible - and thus the greatest changes in the classification. The hill record is 145 meters, set last year by Dawid Kubacki, who now has to beat.

Source: spiegel

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