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European Games: OOC ski jumpers won two golds and one silver

European Games: OOC ski jumpers won two golds and one silver

Ski jumping competitions at the European Games in Poland remain firmly in the hands of Austria. Daniel Chovenig led Austria’s double lead ahead of Jan Hürl in the men’s hilly normal event in Zakopane on Thursday.

Next, bring the duo Together with Sarah Marita Kramer and Jacqueline Seyfriedsberger the gold in the mixed competition on the normal hill. Also on Tuesday, Seyfriedsberger won gold in the women’s singles, and Sarah Marietta Kramer bronze.


The first pass is crucial


Tschofenig laid the foundation for a sovereign victory in the first round. After a jump of 104 metres, the 21-year-old from Carinthia led Deschwanden by 5.4 points. In the decision, he went slightly further with 104.5 meters and extended his lead by 270.3 points to 7.6 points. In the second round, Hörl (262.7) jumped another three meters, 104.5 meters ahead of the Swiss (258.0) and thus overtook him. The competition was canceled on Wednesday after 41 of the 54 players left due to strong winds and resumed a day later in better conditions.

For Tschofenig, it was the first major singles success of his career. Zakopane is still very fertile ground for him. At the World Junior Championships in 2022, he won three gold medals on the small hill with individual, team and mixed titles. At the beginning of this year he also won the qualification in the World Cup on a large hill and a day later also in the team competition with his teammates.


Tschofenig with “two very nice jumps”


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“They were two great jumps. The curve of the form keeps coming up, the hill suits me. I like to come here a lot,” said Chovenig. “The fact that Jan finished second and things really went well with the girls, of course, makes it even nicer.” Tschofe did not count on victory. “Last week I was still a bit desperate in training,” said the winner. “I was almost worried it might be awkward. But here it worked out really well from the first jump.”


The Olympic champion Beijing Hurl team was also happy. “It’s not easy on a small hill, but I summed it up really well in competition. “The silver medal in the European Games looks great,” said the 24-year-old.


Giant drive


Hörl and company were completely safe in the mix, and at the end were 62.6 points ahead of the silver medalist from Norway. Austria holds seven gold, four silver, and six bronze medals at the European Games.