The final round was cancelled due to strong winds, but the crowd was far from disappointed after witnessing a magnificent victory of the Slovenian team, whose performance was beyond comparison.
Slovenia has beat Austria by 43.3 points and Norway, which took 3rd place, by 64.4 points. Sunny weather and the fact that the wind started taking up speed when the competition approached 12 pm (a usual phenomenon under such conditions in Planica), forced FIS to cancel the second round and announce results from round one as final. The increasingly stronger side wind from the Tamar valley, which may traditionally pose serious danger at the sky flying hill built and recently renovated by the Gorišek brothers, proved too formidable on Saturday but did not ruin the atmosphere at all.
“It can’t get any better than this. All of them nicely improved their performances from the trial round,” told Goran Janus – the head coach of the “eagles” (as the Slovenian ski jumping team is called) – to TV Slovenija after the second triumphant day on the refurbished Planica sky flying hill. “As if there was a barrier down there. Perhaps I’ll manage to break it tomorrow already, or in the years to come,” joked Jurij Tepeš after landing at 237.5 m for the third time in a row, with the latter being Saturday’s longest flight.
To. G., MMC; translated by K. Z.