Stjernen flies to first WC Victory
Andreas Stjernen celebrated his first victory in the World Cup at the first ski flying competition on the Kulm. The 29-year-old Norwegian led a Norwegian double victory ahead of Daniel Andre Tande on 229 and 226 meters. While Stjernen enjoyed his victory, Tande was happy about the longest flight of the day.
The Norwegian flew in the final 240.5 meters and missed the hill record of Peter Prevc (SLO) only by 3.5 meters. The podium in front of 13,000 enthusiastic spectators was completed by the Swiss Simon Ammann. Best Austrian was surprisingly Clemens Aigner. The Tyrolean showed two great flights over the 215 meter mark and finished seventh with his best World Cup result by far. With Stefan Kraft, who flew 223.5 meters in the second round and finished ninth, another Austrian made it into the top ten.
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Andreas Stjernen (NOR): "It was not a perfect, but a very good idea of me. I was a bit late at the jump, but I am very happy. I have worked hard and long for this victory. I enjoy flying. But before the first jump I'm always a bit nervous because you never train on such hills."
Daniel Andre Tande (NOR): "It was a great race, but more difficult than the trial jump. Of course, a new World Cup winner from Norway is always welcome. "
Simon Ammann (SUI): "When today the 2 lit up, that was like a dream for me. It was challenging, of course, but you just have to get it and I'm super happy. Of course, after the disappointments on the tour, that's incredibly good. "
Clemens Aigner (AUT): (7.) "Unbelievable, I am so happy that it went so well in front of a home crowd today. To achieve new personal best in such a setting is, of course, a dream. Now I'm looking forward to tomorrow. I just want to clean skis and enjoy the whole thing. "