Men's Ski-jump­ing World Cup 2017/18

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Jenn Jack­son

Nov. 18-19, 2017 – Wisla, Poland

Round One of the Men’s Ski Jump­ing World Cup kicked off in Wisla, Poland on Nov. 18, 2017 with Nor­way jump­ing into the lead in the Large Hill team event, fol­lowed by host Poland, with Aus­tria in third. The In­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion saw Jun­shiro Kobayashi of Ja­pan take the open­ing round, and he was joined on the podium by Pol­ish star Kamil Stoch and Aus­tria’s Ste­fan Kraft.

Nov. 25-16, 2017 – Ruka, Fin­land

At the sec­ond stop in Ruka, Fin­land, the Nor­we­gians con­tin­ued to as­sert their strength, dou­bling up on the team event, with Ger­many and Ja­pan com­plet­ing the podium. Jernej Dam­jan of Slove­nia put to­gether a clean set of jumps to win the In­di­vid­ual event ahead of Nor­way’s An­dre Jo­hann For­fang and Ger­many’s An­dreas Wellinger. Cana­dian Macken­zie Boyd-clowes made his World Cup sea­son de­but in 41st, while the U.S.A.’S Will Rhoads kicked things off in 47th.

Dec. 2-3, 2017 – Nizhny Tagil, Rus­sia

Rhoads, the only North Amer­i­can com­peti­tor, had a strong show­ing in Rus­sia, fin­ish­ing a ca­reer-best 21st with the 11th-best sec­ond jump on open­ing day. With a win on Day One and a sec­ond place on Day Two, Richard Fre­itag of Ger­many moved into the over­all World Cup lead, fol­lowed by Wellinger, who won on the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion as the com­peti­ton moved to Cen­tral Europe for the next block. Poland took Nor­way right to the fi­nal jump in the team event, but the Nor­we­gians man­aged to clinch their third con­sec­u­tive win by just 0.8 points. The Ger­mans took a com­fort­able third place, with Fre­itag and Wellinger tak­ing first and sec­ond again in the In­di­vid­ual Large Hill. Ger­many is now just ahead of Nor­way in the Na­tions Cup stand­ings, while Nor­we­gian Daniel An­dre Tande, who was third this week­end, also sits third over­all.

Dec. 16-17, 2017 – En­gel­berg, Switzer­land

An­ders Fan­nemel of Nor­way picked up his first win of the sea­son, edg­ing World Cup leader Fre­itag by 0.1 points, as Poland’s Stoch took third. Fre­itag snapped back and de­ci­sively won the sec­ond round in Switzer­land, while Stoch also moved up a step, mak­ing room for Aus­tria’s Kraft to re­turn to the podium.

Dec. 30, 2017-Jan. 6, 2018 – Four Hills Tour­na­ment, Ger­many and Aus­tria

The pres­ti­gious Four Hills Tour­na­ment, show­cas­ing com­pe­ti­tion venues in Ger­many and Aus­tria, saw Poland’s Stoch take a stun­ning sweep of the en­tire se­ries. The four wins boosted him into the over­all World Cup lead ahead of Fre­itag, who had to with­draw from the Tour­na­ment af­ter crash­ing in the third round at Inns­bruck, Aus­tria. Canada’s Boyd-clowes se­cured his best re­sult of the sea­son to date at the first round in Ober­st­dorf, Ger­many, pick­ing up a 34th­place fin­ish.

Jan. 13-14, 2018 – Tau­plitz/bad Mit­tern­dorf, Aus­tria

The first Fly­ing Hill event of the year brought new faces to the front of the field as Nor­we­gian An­dreas St­jer­nen cap­tured the vic­tory in

a close bat­tle with team­mate Tande, as the pair com­fort­ably placed ahead of veteran Swiss skier Si­mon Am­mann. Amer­i­can Kevin Bick­ner had his best re­sult of the sea­son, mov­ing up from his 30th in qual­i­fi­ca­tion to 24th in the finals. The sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion was can­celled, as winds con­tin­ued to build through­out the week­end.

Jan. 19-21, 2018 – Ober­st­dorf, Ger­many

Back on the Fly­ing Hill, Tande won his first In­di­vid­ual World Cup of the year ahead of Stoch, as well as Fre­itag, who re­turned from in­jury. Tande and the rest of the Nor­we­gian squad con­tin­ued their streak of Team Hill wins, with Slove­nia and Poland round­ing out the podium. It was an­other solid week­end for Bick­ner, who matched his 24th at Aus­tria.

Jan. 27-28, 2018 – Zakopane, Poland

A re­turn to home snow was all Poland needed to jump ahead of the Nor­we­gians in the Large Hill Team event in Zakopane, with Ger­many tak­ing sec­ond and Nor­way set­tling for third. Anze Se­menic of Slove­nia se­cured his first In­di­vid­ual World Cup win on the Large Hill with a set of strong, clean jumps. Wellinger of Ger­many and Peter Prevc of Slove­nia joined Se­menic on the podium.

Feb. 3-4, 2018 – Willin­gen, Ger­many

Af­ter sev­eral podium fin­ishes, Tande of Nor­way clinched his first win of the sea­son, best­ing Fre­itag by just 0.8 points. The sec­ond day in Willin­gen, Ger­many saw Nor­way’s For­fang re­gain­ing some of his early-sea­son form, top­ping Stoch and Poland’s Piotr Zyla. Stoch, with his sec­ond-place fin­ish, ex­tended his lead over Fre­itag in the over­all World Cup stand­ings head­ing into the Olympic Games. Boyd-clowes cracked the top 30 for Canada with a 28th-place fin­ish on the open­ing day, only to im­prove the fol­low­ing day, plac­ing 23rd for sea­son-best re­sults.

The U.S.A.’S Will Rhoads had a strong show­ing in Rus­sia, fin­ish­ing a ca­reer-best 21st.

Canada's Macken­zie Boyd-clowes earned a sea­son-best 28th, fol­lowed by 23rd in Willin­gen, Ger­many.

Poland’s Kamil Stoch took a stun­ning sweep of the en­tire se­ries at the pres­ti­gious Four Hills Tour­na­ment.

Amer­i­can Kevin Bick­ner had his best re­sults of the sea­son, plac­ing 24th both in Aus­tria and Ger­many.

Will­ing en podium( l-r )( l-r) Kamil Stoch, Daniel daniel an­dre an­dre tan de, tan de, richard richard frei tag.Daniel An­dre Tande, Richard Fre­itag. Fre­itag

Richard Fre­itag of Ger­many sits sec­ond over­all.

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