Men's Ski-jumping World Cup 2017/18
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.
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Richard Freitag of Germany sits second overall.