Slovenia win silver in Olympic ski-jumping team event

Beijing – The Slovenian men’s ski-jumping team, made up of Lovro Kos, Cene Prevc, Timi Zajc and Peter Prevc, has won the silver medal in the team event in Beijing. This is Slovenia’s fourth medal in ski-jumping at the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the seventh overall.

Slovenia were in the lead after the first round of today’s ski-jumping team event, then finished second with 934.4 points. The gold was won by Austria (942.7), and Germany finished third (922.9).

“Great! It worked out great,” team captain Peter Prevc said in his first reaction for the national TV after winning his fourth career Olympic medal. “It was tight right to the end, and we really deserved second place. I am very happy,” he added.

The last ski-jumping competition of the 2022 Winter Olympics was marked by demanding weather conditions, as strong winds howled over the Olympic centre in Zhangjiakou. The jumpers also had to cope with bitter cold.

“The conditions were very difficult, and it was hard for me to wait at the top, especially in the first round. I was also a bit nervous in the final, but I still managed a solid jump. I’m very happy,” said Olympic debutant Lovro Kos.

“It was a tough competition, the wind was really bad. I couldn’t do much more today, but I have to say that we all gave our best, and we should be proud of the silver medal,” added Timi Zajc.

Coach Robert Hrgota was happy as well, but added in the same breath that with a bit more luck with the wind, his team could have won the gold medal. “Congratulations to the boys for eight great jumps. This achievement means a lot to all of us,” he told the national TV.

Slovenia has already won the gold medal in the mixed team event with Urša Bogataj, Nika Križnar, Peter Prevc and Timi Zajc. In addition, Bogataj won gold and Križnar bronze in the women’s individual competition.

Therefore, the silver medal won today by the men’s team is Slovenia’s fourth ski-jumping medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics and the seventh overall. It is also Slovenia’s third Olympic medal in men’s ski-jumping team events after silver in Calgary in 1988 and bronze in Salt Lake City in 2002.

Matjaž Debelak, Miran Tepeš, Primož Ulaga and Matjaž Zupan won the silver medal for Yugoslavia in Calgary, and the team made up of Damjan Fras, Primož Peterka, Robert Kranjec and Peter Žonta won bronze 20 years ago at the Olympics in Salt Lake City.