AUTHOR: Sławomir Rykowski PUBLISHED AT: 15-01-2022
The national team of Slovenia won the team competition in Zakopane in a beautiful style. Lovro Kos, Peter Prevc, Timi Zajc and Anze Lanisek beat the second Germans by 67 points. They, in turn, overtook the Japanese by just 0.6 points. Weakened by the lack of Kamil Stoch and Dawid Kubacki, the Polish team took 6th place. Today's rivalry of the national teams was the 10th jubilee team competition of the FIS World Cup held at Wielka Krokiew in Zakopane.

After the first round, the Slovenes were the clear leaders, ahead of the Germans by 27.6 points and the Japanese national team by 31.2 points. The Norwegians came just behind the podium, with a slight loss to third place. The Austrian team was fifth, and the Polish national team was 6th, almost 60 points behind Slovenia. Russians and Czechs also advanced to the final round.

In the second round, the advantage of the Slovenes was not in danger for a moment. Behind their backs, the Japanese and the Germans fought a fierce battle for second place. They overtook the Asians only in the second round, in which the second-best of the World Cup Karl Geiger turned out to be slightly better than the current leader of the classification Ryoyu Kobayashi. The fight for the next places was also fascinating, and ultimately Austria took fourth place, ahead of Norway by 2.2 points. Sixth Poland lost 47 points to the Scandinavians and had to fear the Russians that were right behind them until the end.

 I’m very satisfied because we as a team have managed to do our best today. I’m very grateful for my teammates, they were able to put together two good jumps, especially Peter. It was Peter I know from his best times. Conditions were changing, so you had to have some luck with the wind. Fans were amazing, it was something we all missed. Tomorrow I just want to try to enjoy and do my best – said Anze Lanisek.

- It was quite windy in the first round, but in the second one conditions have improved and my jump was much better. Today's competition was at a very high level. It was a real ski jumping competition, because we had supporters, while in other places the hill is empty. Tomorrow I’d like to be on the podium again – said Naoki Nakamura after the competition.

All the results of today's team competition along with the standings are available on the official FIS website:

The individual competition will start on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. Earlier, at 2:30 pm., the qualification will be carried out, which could not be played on Friday due to the strong wind.