The Slovenia Times

Four-day Ski Jumping World Cup event starts at Planica


Slovenia's Peter Prevc, who has already secured the overall victory, is looking to break at least two records in front of the home crowd.

The festivities at the 225-metre Letalnica bratov Gorišek hill were supposed to start on Friday, but another individual event has been added to the schedule for today as poor weather conditions prevented it from taking place in Germany's Titisee-Neustadt last week.

Prevc currently has 2,023 points and is only 60 points shy of the absolute record for a single season, set by Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria in the 2008/09 season. The 23-year-old is also tied with the Austrian for most individual wins in a season, at 13.

The Slovenian rising star has meanwhile secured the crystal globe for the overall Ski Jumping World Cup to join Primož Peterka as the only other Slovenian to manage the feat (1996/97 and 1997/98).

Prevc is also in lead for the small crystal globe for the overall winner in ski flying and could become the first ski jumper in history to win three consecutive ski flying titles.

Prevc will also be looking to break the record of the ski flying hill, which he set last year at 248.5 metres.

According to Prevc's team colleague, Jurij Tepeš, it not impossible for Planica to reclaim the world record from Norway's Vikersund (251.5m) this year, "provided that the conditions are ideal".

The Slovenian team will meanwhile try to extend their dominance in Saturday's team event, which they won in the past four years.

The new Ski Jumping World Cup champion has made Slovenians go mad about ski jumping, with the four-day being almost sold out. The record of 82,000 spectators is expected to be broken this year.


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