Austria's Stefan Kraft is crowned World Champion at the Ski Flying World Championships in Bad Mitterndorf/Taublitz. The Slovenians secured the title in the team competition.
An absolute highlight of the season was on the agenda this weekend at the legendary Kulm: the 2024 Ski Flying World Championships on one of the largest ski flying hills in the world, with a hill size of 235.
The start of the World Championships began a day later on Friday after the qualification on Thursday could not take place due to the wind conditions. This meant that all eligible jumpers were able to complete the first round on Friday.
Friday - Individual flying (1st and 2nd round)
Timi Zajc from Slovenia came out on top in the first round with a flight of 224.8 meters. He did not let the lead slip away in the second round either and so the intermediate score on Friday was: Timi Zajc (435.8 points) ahead of Austria's Stefan Kraft (423.5 points) and Norway's Johann André Forfang (418.7 points).
Saturday - Individual flying (3rd and 4th round)
Excitement was guaranteed on the decision day. Also whether the competition could be held. As on Thursday, the wind conditions on the Kulm caused problems and the start had to be postponed several times. In the end, the third run could begin after a two-hour delay and due to the lack of floodlights, it was clear that there would be no fourth run.
The overall World Cup leader, Stefan Kraft, then secured the World Championship title. With a flight of 223.9 meters, the Austrian (647.4 points) overtook Timi Zajc (642.7 points), who dropped back to third place. Second place went to the German Andreas Wellinger (645.2 points).
Sunday - Team flying
A total of nine nations competed in the team ski flying on Sunday.
After the first round, the Slovenians led by Lovro Kos, the brothers Domen and Peter Prevc and Timi Zajc were in the lead. They were also convincing in the second round, enabling them to defend their title and once again become world champions in ski flying. Second place went to the quartet from Austria (Michael Hayböck, Manuel Fettner, Jan Hörl and Stefan Kraft). The DSV eagles (Pius Paschke, Karl Geiger, Stephan Leyhe and Andreas Wellinger) completed the podium.
The World Cup continues next weekend. Two individual competitions will take place in Willingen from February 2nd to 4th.
Two individual competitions were on the schedule at the World Cup in Japan. In the end, the Austrian and the Slovenian secured victory.
Lovro Kos and Stefan Kraft both won the individual competitions in the USA. In the Super Team competition, the Austrians won just ahead of Germany.