Slovenian ski jumpers win mixed event

Willingen – Slovenia won the mixed team event at the ski jumping World Cup in Willignen, Germany on Friday, the first such event ever to be held on a large hill and the last try-out before the Olympic debut of this format.

Ema Klinec, Cene Prevc, Urša Bogataj and Anže Lanišek scored 862.6 points to best Austria by 62.9 points. Norway in third were 83.1 points adrift.

Lanišek landed the longest jumps on the team in both series, 141 and 139 metres, respectively.

The result places the mixed team squarely among the favourites at the Beijing Olympics, which start next week.

The men’s team are among the top contenders as well, having won the final pre-Olympic team event two weeks ago.