Winds force stop in Vikersund

Fri, 24 Feb 19:17:00 2012

Strong winds forced the cancellation of the first competition of the FIS Ski Flying World Championships in Norway with five athletes including home hope Anders Bardal left to complete the first round.

Norway's Bardal speeds down the ramp during a training jump for the Ski-Flying World Championships in Vikersund February 23, 2012. - 0

The weather had affected the schedule all day in Vikersund with the trial round cancelled and the start of the first competition of the weekend heavily delayed because of the gales.

When proceedings did get under way 35 jumpers recorded a distance and a total but with the wind always causing a problem, officials signalled the cancellation there and then.

German Severin Freund was in pole position at that stage with his leap of 220.5m producing a total of 226.5 while Norwegian Rune Velta recorded 234m – the largest – but his score was only 225.6 for second.

The wind was clearly affecting some though with Four Hills winner and former ski flying world champion Gregor Schlierenzauer 13th after his first jump and the gold medallist last time out, Simon Ammann, 14th.

Poland’s Kamil Stoch placed 32nd while triple Olympic champion Thomas Morgenstern and overall World Cup leader Bardal were among the five not to jump at all.

Weather permitting, organisers will now try and fit in the two schedule competitions into Saturday’s programme – the first reduced to one round but the second still two.

Sportsbeat / Eurosport

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