Slovenia win team ski jumping event at Nordic Worlds
Spearheaded by world champion Timi Zajc and Anže Lanišek, Slovenia won the men's team ski jumping event at the Nordic Ski World Championships in Planica on 4 March, the second gold for the country in two days.
In a closely contested event, the home team defeated Norway by 12.9 points. Austria in third were 39.5 points adrift.
Slovenia took a ten-point lead in the first series and held on until the end despite Norway getting very close. While Zajc and Lanišek won the largest number of points, Lovro Kos and Žiga Jelar did their fair share of the work as well.
Indeed, all eight Slovenian jumps were over 130 metres, showing how broad a circle of top jumpers the team has.
In the decisive second series Kos had 131 metres, Jelar 138 metres, Zajc 136 metres and Lanisek as the final jumper wrapped things up with a 135.5-metre jump.
This is only the fifth gold medal for Slovenia in the history of Nordic World Championships.
"I've won all I wanted to win this weekend ... This is perfect for me, a dream," said Zajc, still fresh from winning the individual event on 3 March.
Lanišek described the outcome as "insane" as he thanked the thousands of fans who flocked to the venue. "Before the second jump I told myself I have to simply give it my best. When you get such an opportunity you have to go all in, and it succeeded," he said.