SKI JUMPING Preview: Season-ending tournaments in Slovenia and Russia

The giant ski-flying hill at Planica (SLO)

The final weekend of the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup will decide two last tournaments while the seasonal races have been decided.

Men: Planica7 in Slovenia

The two events in Planica (SLO) – on Friday and Sunday – are both off the giant 240 m ski-flying hill and is perhaps the supreme test of skill, given its size. Including the qualifying and the team event on Saturday, there are seven jumps in all, hence the name of the tourney.

It’s the second such tournament, won by Poland’s Kamil Stoch in 2018, with Norwegians Johann Andre Forfang and Robert Johansson finishing 2-3.

The seasonal champion is newcomer Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan, who dominated the season:

1. 1,905 Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN)
2. 1,317 Stefan Kraft (AUT)
3. 1,251 Kamil Stoch (POL)
4. 1,021 Piotr Zyla (POL)
5. 953 Robert Johansson (NOR)

Kobayashi and Domen Prevc (SLO) won the two 240 m hill events in Vikersund (NOR) last week; look for this week’s results here.

Women: Second leg of the Russian Blue Bird Tour

The women’s seasonal chase has been cinched by Norway’s Maren Lundby for the second consecutive year. But a new, season-ending tournament has been created, starting at Nizhny Tagil last weekend.

Germany’s Juliane Seyfarth won both of the jumps there, and the last two events are in Chaikovsky, off a 102 m and 140 m hill, to complete the Russian Blue Bird Tour, on Saturday and Sunday.

The seasonal standings show Lundby as no. 1, but the other podium places still in play:

1. 1,773 Maren Lundby (NOR)
2. 1,368 Katharina Althaus (GER)
3. 1,271 Juliane Seyfarth (GER)
4. 1,098 Sara Takanashi (JPN)
5. 772 Eva Pinkelnig (AUT)

Look for results here.