All's Well That Ends Well
The home crowd also gave the Slovenian jumpers a much-needed boost. After an otherwise disastrous season, Robert Kranjec and Jernej Damjan managed to surprise everyone at the weekend; especially on the first day of competition when Kranjec set a new Slovenian record of 229 metres. Contrary to all expectations, Damjan finally made it onto the podium for the first time this season after finishing 3rd and edging his record-breaking team-mate into 4th. The pair were less successful during Saturday's competition, with Kranjec in 7th place and Damjan in 11th. Sunday's jumping was cut short due to poor weather; however, Damjan still managed to finish a creditable 12th. "After a rather poor season, the results at Planica prove that when I jump to the best of my ability, I can compete with the best. I'll use this knowledge in all my future work," Damjan said. With the exception of the results in Planica and one other win during the season (Rok Urbanc), this season will go down as one of the worst ever for Slovenian jumpers. As a result, the highly respected coach, Vasja Bajc, resigned mid season and his role was taken by his assistant, the former Finnish ski jumping star Ari Pekka Nikkola.