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    Wintersport is baaaack!

    At long last, 8 months of suffering w/o proper sports on the telly are over. Well, there was the Summer Grand Prix of the skijumpers, won by the way by young Andy Wellinger from Germany, even though he participated in only half the events. Always won or podiumed in these. The ten year long dominance of the Austrians seems broken, and we might have a new Schlierenzauer. The ski jumpers have their first event on 11/24 on the beautiful hill in Klingenthal in the Ore Mountains. Tommorow it starts with Alpine Skying and Luge. The premier wintersport, Biathlon, starts on 11/24.

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    An amazing weekend of skijumping is this one. There hasn't been a new hill record anywhere for several seasons, for safety concerns. Last night one got smashed by a huge margin, 2.50 metres more on the small hill in Lillehammer, the site of the 1994 Olympic games. Tomorrow night is the competition on the large hill.


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    Skijumping ladies on the same hill brought a surprise, the 14 years old Gianina Ernst from Germany finished on the podium in her very first world cup competition. Joint 2nd with Irina Iraschko from Austria, who could be her mother. The small Japanese girl who won is a phenomenon, so good she could jump with the men. And a hell of a cutie, watch her interview.




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    The 42 year old Japanese jumper Noriaki Kasai podiumed yesterday on the large hill in Titisee, Black Forest. A relict from the era of Weisflog, Nykaenen and Goldberger, Kasai was Ski Flying world champion in 1992. It's no fluke, he achieved several Top 5 performances in this young season already. By far the oldest ski jumper to have achieved that.



    Another 36 years old man came out of retirement disgusted with the efforts of the young Finnish ski jumpers, Janne Ahonen, multiple world champion of the late nineties and first decade of the 2000s. The man who never smiles. Placed 5th yesterday.


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