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Germans tops at Pine Mountain

February 13, 2012
By RON DEUTER - Sports Editor , The Daily News

IRON MOUNTAIN - Persistently breezy conditions wreaked havoc with the 2012 Pine Mountain Continental Cup ski jumping tournament, but that didn't stop Germany's Marinus Kraus from delivering a convincing victory amongst a field of 45 jumpers from 10 nations.

With high winds resulting in the eventual cancelation of Saturday's competition and several more wind-induced delays occurring Sunday, the whole of the 73rd Pine Mountain Continental Cup came down to a single full round of competition, with the round's second jumps finishing around 4:45 p.m. Sunday.

Kraus, making his second trip to Pine Mountain, charted a competition-best 465-foot distance on his first jump and sealed the win with a 436-foot showing on his second try. He totaled 292.3 points, giving the 20-year old a near 30-point victory.

"They were very great jumps," he said. "I made some notes after my training jumps. I'm really proud to win. It's good."

Kraus' teammate Markus Eisenbichler wound up in second place, using a terrific 453-foot jump on his second try to move up from fifth place.

American Peter Frenette made a serious bid for a spot on the podium. He wowed the crowd with 446-foot jump in his first attempt - trailing only Kraus entering the second set of jumps - but slipped to eighth after a 373-foot second effort.

"I like this hill a lot, got a lot of good feeling on this hill," he said after his first jump. "I jumped well here last year, so I was pretty

confident coming in. I had an alright trial jump.

"It's a little windy here, so you have to a good set of nerves. When I was going, it was pretty much perfect."

Along with Frenette, American's Anders Johnson (17th place), Christian Friberg (18th), Nicholas Alexander (24th) combined to give Team USA one of its best showings at Pine Mountain in recent years.

"The team is looking real good," Frenette said. "You need some luck every now and then, but it's been looking a lot better for us."

Norway and Slovenia filled the remaining podium places Sunday. Norway's Robert Johansson was third, and Slovenian Rok Urbanc took fourth. Fifth went to Norway's Marius Ole Ingvaldsen, and Slovenia's Tomaz Naglic was sixth.

Austria, normally a force in recent years at Pine Mountain, saw no jumper finish in the top 10. Stefan Hayboeck, who entered the competition second in Continental Cup points, was 11th to lead the Austrian contingent.

Sunday's first set of competition jumps saw two skiers crash. Rok Zima of Slovenia was uninjured after slipping on his landing. Austria's David Unterberger also walked away following a much more menacing looking spill. Unterberger encountered trouble in mid air, right off the jump and slammed hard to the ground before sliding to the bottom of the hill.

"I don't know what happened," he said. "I thought it was a good jump. In the air, the ski just dropped off and I had no chance."

Unterberger landed on his lower back, and while he didn't jump again, he only suffered minor bumps and bruises.

"I am OK," he said.

Saturday's crowd, the better attended of the two days, was estimated near 7,000. Officials monitored conditions all afternoon, hoping for a break in the wind, but ended up canceling the competition after 4 p.m.

Sustained wind over 10-12 miles per hour creates too much danger to the jumpers. Breezes on Sunday hovered right around the comfort threshold, thus creating windows of opportunity to jump.

Sunday's trial runs began around 9 a.m. There were plans to hold two full competition rounds, but several more wind delays left organizers hard-pressed to complete one full round. (A round is comprised of two jumps.) There was no long-standing competition either.

Sunday's results follow. Jump distances are in meters.

Rank, Name (last, first), Country, Jump 1, Jump 2, Points

1, KRAUS Marinus, GER, 142.5, 133.5 - 292.3

2, EISENBICHLER Markus, GER, 129.0, 138.5 - 266.5

3, JOHANSSON Robert, NOR, 135.0, 125.0 - 257.0

4, URBANC Rok, SLO, 123.5, 130.0 - 253.3

5, INGVALDSEN Ole Marius, NOR, 125.0, 128.0 - 250.4

6, NAGLIC Tomaz, SLO, 128.5, 119.5 - 244.4

7, KOT Jakub, POL, 117.5, 130.0 - 244.0

8, FRENETTE Peter, USA, 136.5, 114.0 - 237.9

9, MANDL Ziga, SLO, 124.5, 114.5 - 223.7

10, MEZNAR Mitja, SLO, 122.5, 115.5 - 221.4

11, HAYBOECK Stefan, AUT, 119.5, 114.0 - 212.8

12, KYKKAENEN Jere, FIN, 117.0, 116.0 - 208.9

13, PIKL Primoz, SLO, 120.0, 111.5 - 208.2

14, SWENSEN Vegard, NOR, 116.5, 113.5 - 208.0

15, WENIG Daniel, GER, 110.0, 118.0 - 200.9

16, PUNGERTAR Matjaz, SLO, 113.5, 114.0 - 198.5

17, JOHNSON Anders, USA, 105.0, 120.5 - 195.4

18, FRIBERG Christian, USA, 122.5, 102.5 - 194.5

19, NORDIN Carl, SWE, 104.5, 120.5 - 193.0

20, YLIRIESTO Kimmo, FIN, 118.5, 104.0 - 191.0

21, QUECK Danny, GER, 104.0, 116.5 - 182.4

22, KUBACKI Dawid, POL, 107.0, 114.5 - 182.2

23, HRGOTA Robert, SLO, 121.5, 99.5 - 181.8

24, ALEXANDER Nicholas, USA, 105.5, 109.5 - 173.0

25, PFANNENSTILL Elias, AUT, 107.0, 106.0 - 170.4

26, EGGENHOFER Markus, 111.0, 102.5 - 167.3

27, ZAPOTOCZNY Andrzej, POL, 106.5, 103.5 - 163.5

28, BACHLEDA Marcin, POL, 110.0, 99.0 - 160.7

29, HLYVKA Vladomyr, UKR, 107.0, 90.5 - 137.5

30, SLIZ Rafal, POL, 104.5, 75.0 - 103.6

31, ELVERUM SORSELL Kim Rene, NOR, 105.0 - 77.0

32, WINKLER David, GER, 102.0 - 74.6

33, ZIOBRO Jan, POL, 102.5 - 73.5

34, GLASDER Michael, USA, 95.5 - 63.9

35, BOGNER Tobias, GER, 97.0 - 63.6

36, NORDMAN Janne, FIN, 95.5 - 62.4

37, FAIRALL Nicholas, USA, 91.5 - 56.2

38, SCHABEREITER Florian, AUT, 89.0 - 51.2

39, POPPINGER Manuel, AUT, 90.5 - 50.4

40, LACKNER Daniel, AUT, 88.5 - 50.3

41, LAMB Chris, USA, 85.5 - 39.4

42, YUKSEL Faik, TUR, 79.5 - 33.6

43, WALLACE Brian, USA, 76.5 - 27.2

44, UNTERBERGER David, AUT, 55.0 - 0.0

44, ZIMA Rok, SLO, 65.0 - 0.0

 
 

 

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