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Nordic Skiing: Višnar 2nd in Cross Country, Prevc 4th in Jumping


In the ladies' sprint Marit Bjoergen added to her career win total which now stands at 83 (including stage World Cup victories). Slovenia's Katja Visnar improved as the rounds progressed today and was the only one close to Bjoergen down the homestretch to take second place +0.46. Visnar was the only athlete to break up a double sweep of both podiums by Norway. In third was 2014 Olympic sprint champion from Norway Maiken Caspersen Falla +1.70 seconds back. The day's top qualifier Ingvild Flugstad Oestberg also of Norway was a contender until the final section into the finish as she struggled to kick free snow from her grip zone. The "icing" of skis today was a major factor that affected many of the top sprinters resulting in falls. It was a career best result for Ida Sargent of the USA with her 5th place finish.  

In ski jumping Simon Ammann and Noriaki Kasai tied for the win in the second competition in Ruka (FIN) with a total of 272.2 points.

For Ammann this was already the second win this weekend, Kasai crowned his trip to Finland, after he was third on Friday, and, at age 42, broke his own record as oldest winner in the World Cup. In the first round Ammann jumped on 135.5 m and was sixth, Kasai was in the lead after the first half of the competition with the longest jump of the day on 145 m. Ammann then posted a jump on 144 m in the final, the 42-year-old Japanese landed at 131.5 m.

Slovenian "eagles" were also in good form in Ruka. 2.2 points behind Freund, Peter Prevc came in fourth with 139.5 m and 135 m, followed by Michael Hayboeck. The best Austrian jumped on 143.5 m and 132 m and scored 263.8 points.

Roman Koudelka and Anders Fannemel shared the sixth place with 258.4 points. Anders Bardal (255.7 points) and Rune Velta (245.7 points) completed the good team result for Norway in eighth and tenth. Jernej Damjan of Slovenia was ninth.

Germany's Markus Eisenbichler is still in a good shape and finished eleventh. Gregor Schlierenzauer showed an upward trend in 12th. His teammates Stefan Kraft and Andreas Kofler came in 13th and 15th, Slovenian veteran Robert Kranjec was 14th. The Finnish athletes could not achieve the top result they were hoping for in front of their home crowd, but Lauri Asikainen (21st) and Ville Larinto (22nd) showed good performances. Once again Piotr Zyla was the best Pole, this time in 24th.

The competition was overshadowed by the serious falls of Andreas Wellinger and Slovenia's Anze Lanisek. While Wellinger lost control right after take-off and crashed on the knoll, Lanisek's left binding opened right before the landing. Both athletes were taken to the hospital in Kuusamo for further medical checks. At least for Andreas Wellinger, it seems that the injuries are not that serious: While head coach Werner Schuster said to German TV that it "doesn't look that dramatic", the 19-year-old posted a photo on his instagram-account that shows him getting an infusion and giving a "thumbs-up". Schuster also said on skisprungTV: "It was not a mistake of the jury. Andreas made a technical mistake. He feels a lot of pain in his back and his shoulder." 


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