Urbanc Saves the Season
However, it would be unfair to put the win down to nature as Urbanc had worked hard for this success, travelling to training 50kms each way among other things. "Of course, I'm happy, it was not possible to even dream about such an outcome. First, I was lucky in the qualifying when I made it to the finals despite a bad jump. In the finals, everything went to my advantage. I made a technically perfect jump, I had excellent conditions and the win is a logical result. My objective was points but it ended up with a win", commented Urbanc, nicknamed Urbi. The 21-year-old from Stara Fuzina near Lake Bohinj became the sixth Slovenian to win a World Cup event after Primoz Ulaga, Franci Petek, Primoz Peterka, Peter Zonta and Robert Kranjec. His win is the 28th for Slovenia. It came in the middle of a disastrous season when all national team members were far from being competitive and they often struggled to get into the points (top 30). Even former world champion Rok Benkovic couldn't evade the crisis while a former undisputed king of ski jumping, Primoz Peterka, was relegated to the B-team. Only days before the turning point, the team director Ulaga, disputed the otherwise renowned chief coach Vasja Bajc's approach to work and decided to take part of the process into his own hands. Bajc's position hung in the balance for a while but after some negotiations he decided to stay. "Urbanc's result will be a big boost for the remaining part of the season. He had shown his potential earlier in the season and this was his best jump of the year. I hope that the win will calm the atmosphere within the team as a whole", Bajc said. Locals from Bohinj organized a welcome party for Urbanc. "I knew that something was cooking but I had no idea that it would turn out this way. The whole village came to congratulate me. With the snow falling, I felt like being in a fairy tale", the new local hero said.