15-16-17 January 2021

FIS SKI JUMPING CONTINENTAL CUP, BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR MACIEJ KOT

IN VAL DI FIEMME AIGNER BEHIND THE POLE

 23.02.2020
FIS SKI JUMPING CONTINENTAL CUP, BACK-TO-BACK WINS FOR MACIEJ KOT

There is something magic between the the jumping hill in Predazzo and the athletes from Poland. After the victories of Adam Malysz and Kamil Stoch in Val di Fiemme, Maciej Kot was able to achieve two wins in yesterday’s and today’s FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup individual events in Predazzo. Clemens Aigner (AUT), who is leading the Cup standings, was twice second. Moritz Baer (GER) finished third in yesterday’s competition, while Mark Hafnar (SLO) grabbed the third place in today’s race after Kevin Bickner (USA) was disqualified due to his ski jumping suit.
The competitions took place on the normal hill (HS 104) in a top facility in terms of preparation. The large hill (HS 134) will have to be rebuilt in view of the 2026 Winter Olympics after having host three World Championships, one Universiade and many World Cup competitions.
On Saturday Kot performed a great first jump of 101 metres and a second jump of 104 metres: “I really like to jump in Predazzo. This was my best race so far in this season, I’m really happy. Tomorrow we’ll see. It will be another day, another race, another chance”.
Clemens Aigner loves to jump on large hills rather than on the normal ones, that is why he wasn’t able to land on top of the podium. He was second after the first competition round and he finished fifth in the second round. Thanks to his 275,6 points after the two jumps he grabbed the second place: “I don’t like the normal hill so much, I usually prefer the large hill, but I’m satisfied with my result. Everything is good in Predazzo, from the organisation to the snow conditions”.
In today’s first competition round, Kot was the last to jump and performed a great jump of 103 m and 137,3 points. Aigner was second with 100,5 m and 135,3 points while Hafnar (SLO) was surprisingly third after starting with bib no. 39. Bickner (USA) was fourth. In the final round Maciej Kot jumped 104 m for a total of 274,3 points. Aigner too performed a jump of 104 m but his landing wasn’t really good and earned a total of 273,7 points. Lovro Kos (SLO) was the best ski jumper in the final round, but he was 27th after the first round and finished 9th after the two jumps.
Kevin Bickner finished third but he was disqualified after the FIS judges checked his suit, and so, Mark Hafnar came in third after finishing fourth.
The winner was really satisfied: “Back-to-back wins for me! It wasn’t easy, Clemens and all the others are really strong. I didn’t perform as good jumps as yesterday, but I was able to win anyway. There is something magic between Predazzo and the athletes from Poland, Kamil Stoch was twice World Champion here, also Adam Malysz won two gold medals at the Val di Fiemme World Ski Championships. We also achieved our first team victory at the World Championships here, Dawid Kubacki won the World Cup and now my back-to-back wins… Predazzo is the perfect location for Poland, also in terms of tourism. I really love to jump in this place!”
Aigner (AUT) is still leading the Cup standings with 871 points. His teammates Leitner and Huber are second (785 points) and third (532 points) respectively.
The hill was in perfect conditions despite the high temperatures and the organising committee received many compliments from the athletes and the trainers. Now Val di Fiemme will focus on the three Roller Ski World Cup races scheduled for September and on the next winter season with the FIS Cross-Country and Nordic Combined World Cups. There will be some changes in the calendars that will be decided in the next FIS Council in May. And of course, the focus will be on the 2026 Winter Olympics!

Normal Hill Individual 22.02
1 KOT Maciej POL 281.1; 2 AIGNER Clemens AUT 275.6; 3 BAER Moritz GER 274.5; 4 LEITNER Clemens AUT 270.0; 5 BICKNER Kevin USA 269.2; 6 ROTH Luca GER 268.0; 7 HAMANN Martin GER 267.4; 8 RAIMUND Philipp GER 266.9; 9 MOGEL Zak SLO 262.7; 10 WOERGOETTER Marco AUT 261.9.

Normal Hill Individual 23.02
1 KOT Maciej POL 274.3; 2 AIGNER Clemens AUT 273.7; 3 HAFNAR Mark SLO 263.8; 4 BAER Moritz GER 260.3; 5 WOERGOETTER Marco AUT 258.9; 6 LEITNER Clemens AUT 258.2; 7 BUSKUM Andreas Granerud NOR 257.5; 8 ROTH Luca GER 256.5; 9 KOS Lovro SLO 256.3; 10 HAMANN Martin GER 254.4


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