Sunday, 16 March 2008

And again....

Yup, Gregor Schlierenzauer left it to the final jump of the day once again. Not surprisingly he did what he had to do, snatching the men's individual Ski Flying competition from fellow Austrian Martin Koch at this morning's early event in Planica.

This was the final event of the World Cup series, and perhaps it was too early in the day for optimal jumping conditions. With low winds and not much sunshine, thermic lift was scarce. Bjoern Einar Ramoeren's 239 metre world record was never going to be under threat in these conditions, perhaps just as well for the Norwegian given Schlieri's late season form.

I suppose I'm just going to have to focus on the cycling now. With Paris-Nice already over, and Milan-San Remo only days away, I should be getting more excited than I actually am. Blame my infatuation with single speed mountain biking.

To mark the end of the ski-jumping season, here's a clip which shows what can happen when things go wrong. Just like cycling, there're no safety nets for these guys. Ramoeren is the unlucky faller - probably the most spectacular mishap of the season...




Worth taking a look at his 239m jump though, just for the hell of it (and the German commentary team!)...



And just to wrap things up, here's an example of a Janne Ahonen interview. You don't need to be fluent in Finnish to see that this is a man of few words. He clearly has no interest in the camera or the interviewer, but I wonder what he's looking at...?

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