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Ski jumping, Oslo 2022 World Cup. This year the Holmenkollen temple doubles

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The Ski Jumping World Cup has no time to rest, as it is in the thick of the hectic Raw Air . The second and final stage of this 2022 miniature edition will take place in Oslo , where the Holmenkollen skifestival, or Holmenkollrennene , will be staged over the weekend. The event, born in 1892 and co-opted by the World Cup since the 1980s, consists of a series of races belonging to all Nordic disciplines .

The ski jump, however, has a particular relationship with the appointment. Initially the event was in fact an integral part of the Nordic combined competition. The specialists therefore had to wait until 1933 before having their own race within the event. Since then there have been 10 “hole” winters for jumpers. Five of them due to the Second World War (1941-1945), one due to the stringent anti Covid-19 legislation (2021), and four conditioned by insurmountable weather problems (in 1954, 1994 and 2020 there was too much wind, while in 2016 it was the fog that got in the way). Unlike the case of 2009, when the event was staged “apocryphally” in Vikersund . The situation occurred one-off as the current springboard was still under construction. In 2022 we will see an unusual fact, which is two individual races , a dynamic that has rarely happened in history.

In Holmenkollen, the hill overlooking Oslo, ski jumping has been practiced since the 19th century . The first artificial plant was built in 1914 , and was subsequently enlarged and modified over the decades. The current version of the structure was erected between 2008 and 2010 in preparation for the 2011 Nordic World Ski Championships.
Without prejudice to the history of the appointment, for the purposes of the presentation, only the so-called first level competitions are taken into consideration, i.e. those valid for the Olympic Games, the World Championships and the World Cup.

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So far 41 individual races have been held on the Holmenkollenbakken. Of these, 37 were valid for the World Cup, 4 for the World Championships (1930, 1966, 1982, 2011) and 1 for the Winter Olympic Games (1952). The sum of the subdivision is equal to 42 since the 1982 world championships also awarded points for the Crystal Ball.

In the first level competitions, twenty-eight athletes have imposed themselves in this very prestigious context. Among them, the Polish Adam Małysz has entered the legend thanks to the 5 successes (1996, 2001, 2003, 2006, 2007) collected in his career. To give an idea of ​​the greatness of the forty-two year old from Wisła, just think that in the entire history of the Holmenkollen Ski Festival he is the only man to have exceeded the quota of the three statements!

Seven active jumpers have already excelled on Holmenkollenbakken. Three of them have won 3 times. They are Simon Ammann (2002, 2007, 2010) and Severin Freund (one in 2014 and two in 2015). On the other hand, Noriaki Kasai (1999), Piotr Zyla (2013), Stefan Kraft (2017), Daniel-Andre Tande (2018) and Robert Johansson (2019) prevailed on 1 occasion.
It should be noted that Ammann’s first two successes and Kasai’s only one came on the previous version of the trampoline, demolished in 2008.

If you look at the podiums , there are twelve men still in action to have collected at least one place in the top-three . The ranking is led by Ammann, with 5 .
5 – AMMANN Simon [SUI] (3-1-1)
4 – FREUND Severin [GER] (3-1-0)
3 – KRAFT Stefan [AUT] (1-2-0)
3 – PREVC Peter [SLO] (0-1-2)
2 – KASAI Noriaki [JPN] (1-1-0)
2 – STOCH Kamil [POL] (0-0-2)
1 – ZYLA Piotr [POL] (1-0-0)
1 – TANDE Daniel-Andre [NOR] (1-0-0)
1 – JOHANSSON Robert [NOR] (1-0-0)
1 – WELLINGER Andreas [GER] (0-1-0)
1 – EISENBICHLER Markus [GER] (0-0-1)
1 – HAYBÖCK Michael [AUT] (0-0-1)

On the other hand, looking at the various national movements , it is clear that an arm wrestling is underway between Austria and Norway over the Holmenkollenbakken for the role of hegemonic power.
28 (10-9-9) – AUSTRIA
27 (10-9-8) – NORWAY
13 (5-4-4) – GERMANY [All-Inclusive]
11 (4-5-2) – FINLAND
10 (6-1-3) – POLAND
9 (3-3-3) – SWITZERLAND
9 (2-4-3) – JAPAN
7 (1-1-5) – SLOVENIA [All-Inclusive]
4 (1-2-1) – CZECH REP. [All-Inclusive]
3 (0-0-3) – SWEDEN
2 (0-2-0) – CANADA
1 (0-1-0) – FRANCE

Speaking of nations, a mixed team test is also scheduled on Friday. This is an absolute novelty for the Holmenkollenbakken and should be considered an authentic experiment. In fact, the competition will be on its own and will not be considered for the final classification of Raw Air.


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