Swiss ski jumper sets record at Olympics
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Switzerland’s Simon Ammann became the first ski jumper to win four individual Olympic gold medals when he won the large hill competition on Saturday to complete a double at the Vancouver Games.
Ammann won both the normal and large hill individual gold medals for the second time at an Olympics, eight years after dual victories at Salt Lake City, the last time the Winter Games were held in North America.
The 28-year-old Swiss won the normal hill on the opening day here and, after having an Austrian protest against his ski bindings rejected by the international ski federation, had the best jumps in both rounds on the large hill.
“I was so nervous up there. This is all very nerve-racking,” Ammann said. “I always have this magical force to jump far here and that is amazing. This is truly amazing.”
Poland’s Adam Malysz took silver and 20-year-old Austrian Gregor Schlierenzauer finished with bronze in a repeat of the podium from the normal hill competition.
Ammann held a commanding lead after his 144-meter first jump. Focused on a good landing on his second jump, he soared 138 meters and nailed his landing for a total score of 283.6 points. Malysz had 269.4 points and Schlierenzauer 262.2.
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