The Ski Jumping World Cup is back in action already midweek. In fact, the 5th male edition of Raw Air will be staged from Wednesday to Sunday. Fans are familiar with how the event works, however it is always good to review the rules. Furthermore, it should not be forgotten that this year there will be a reduced version of the appointment for various reasons.
The original idea was to have an event inspired by the Tour of the 4 trampolines, structured on four stages, all on Norwegian territory (Oslo, Lillheammer, Trondheim, Vikersund). To determine the final ranking, the scores of the qualifying jumps and even those that the athletes will perform in the two scheduled team events were also counted. Therefore, without cancellations, Raw Air ‘s ranking was drawn up on the basis of the sum of the points of 16 jumps to be carried out over 10 days.
However, 2022 will be special. Firstly because Vikersund cannot be included in the event, as it will host the Flying World Championships next week. Secondly, the Trondheim ski jump is currently uninhabitable, as it is being refurbished in view of the 2025 Nordic World Ski Championships. The basic formula of Raw Air will therefore remain the same, but will be reduced to only two stages and to determine the final ranking 9 jumps will be taken into consideration to be carried out over a period of 5 days.
The first of the two stages of the “mignon” version of Raw Air will be held in Lillehammer . The center is located about 160 km north of the capital Oslo and is renowned for practicing almost all snow and ice sports. On the other hand, it was the scene of the XVII Winter Olympic Games .
As for ski jumping, practiced in these parts since the beginning of the 20th century, Lillehammer occasionally hosted an ante litteram World Cup competition in March 1984 on a facility called Balbergbakkene, then abandoned in 1992 in favor of the more modern Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena , built just in view of the 1994 Five Circles event. permanent presence (except for a parenthesis between 1999 and 2003 and for 2021, when in Norway there was no competition due to government restrictions on quarantine for entry into the country).
Moreover, the location has sometimes been the scene of recoveries, occasionally coming to host two stages during the same season. The double presence is also becoming customary in the women’s sector , where Lillehammer is one of the most used competition contexts, being used to organize both the inaugural competitions of the season and a Raw Air appointment.
To date, 42 top-level competitions have been played in the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena. Of these, 35 were staged on Large Hill and 7 on Normal Hill. In fact, the small trampoline has also often been used in the last decade. Sometimes by choice, others by necessity (as happened in 2015, due to the strong wind).
Referring exclusively to the large trampoline , twenty-three different jumpers have imposed themselves on it. Among them the most successful of all is Gregor Schlierenzauer , capable of excelling 5 times (2006, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014). Moreover, this structure was the scene of both the first (December 3, 2006) and the last (December 6, 2014) success of the Austrian.
Seven active athletes are able to triumph on the Large Hill of the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena. Simon Ammann (2006, 2009, 2010) and Kamil Stoch (2016, 2018, 2020) celebrated on 3 occasions, while Severin Freund (2013), Roman Koudelka (2014), Domen Prevc (2016), Stefan also scored 1 acute. Kraft (2019) and Peter Prevc (2020).
If you look at the podiums , there are twenty-one men still in action to have collected at least one place in the top-three . The recent retirement of Schlierenzauer has handed the command of this ranking to Simon Ammann .
5 (3-1-1) – AMMANN Simon [SUI]
3 (3-0-0) – STOCH Kamil [POL]
2 (1-1-0) – FREUND Severin [GER]
2 (1-1-0) – PREVC Peter [SLO]
2 (1-0-1) – KRAFT Stefan [AUT]
2 (0-2-0) – FANNEMEL Anders [NOR]
2 (0-1-1) – JOHANSSON Robert [NOR]
2 (0-1-1) – EISENBICHLER Markus [GER]
2 (0-0-2) – HAYBÖCK Michael [AUT]
1 (1-0-0) – KOUDELKA Roman [CZE]
1 (1-0-0) – PREVC Domen [SLO]
1 (0-1-0) – TANDE Daniel-Andre [NOR]
1 (0-1-0) – KOT Maciej [POL]
1 (0-1-0) – KUBACKI Dawid [POL]
1 (0-1-0) – JELAR Ziga [SLO]
1 (0-0-1) – KASAI Noriaki [JPN]
1 (0-0-1) – ITO Daiki [JPN]
1 (0-0-1) – KOBAYASHI Ryoyu [JPN]
1 (0-0-1) – LEYHE Stephan [GER]
1 (0-0-1) – ZAJC Timi [SLO]
For the sake of completeness of information it should be remembered that on the small trampoline Freund boasts 2 affirmations (2012, 2015), while Schlierenzauer (2013 ) also won once. Among the active athletes, Richard Freitag, Taku Takeuchi, Peter Prevc, Kamil Stoch and Johann Andre Forfang also took the podium at Normal Hill.
Looking instead at the various national movements , and adding up all the podiums obtained in the Lysgårdsbakkene Ski Jumping Arena, we can see some interesting data.
29 (5-17-7) – NORWAY
25 (13-3-9) – AUSTRIA
18 (8-3-7) – GERMANY
13 (5-6-2) – FINLAND
11 (0-5-6) – JAPAN
9 (4-3-2) – SWITZERLAND
9 (3-2-4) – POLAND
6 (2-3-1) – SLOVENIA
3 (2-1-0) – CZECH REP
1 (0-1-0) – RUSSIA
1 (0-0-1) – FRANCE
1 (0-0-1) – ITALY
First of all who is the hegemonic power? For victories undoubtedly Austria , yet Norway collected more podiums thanks to an incredible feeling with the place of honor. Furthermore, a real curse weighs on Japan , since in the face of eleven entries in the top-three , the Japanese jumpers have never managed to impose themselves!
A podium also for Italy . It bears the signature of Roberto Cecon , who on February 8, 1995 finished third behind Andreas Goldberg and Takanobu Okabe.