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Yoggies flying high

Yoggies flying high
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18/02/2014

Success in the skies last night for Youth Olympic Games graduate, Andreas Wellinger of Germany who claimed gold at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games in the ski jumping men’s team event.

In a nail-bitingly close competition the Austrians, Wellinger snatched the lead for his German team mates on the final jump. Austria and Japan claimed silver and bronze respectively.

Young Reporter, Sonali Prasad, was at the heart of the action and spoke with Wellinger after the competition -

Many would think that the lift-off is the hardest part, but Wellinger disagrees, "Jumping is not as tough as waiting for the results! That is absolutely nerve wracking."

This success at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center ends Austria's lengthy winning streak in the event — they won gold in the last two Olympic Winter Games and hadn't lost a team large hill competition since the 2005 world championships.

Wellinger did not fare so well in the individual event, so he put everything he had into his jumps for his team to win gold.

"My form was not good in the individual competition and I wanted to be focused in the team event. To look back would be bad for me and the whole team. Winning for your country as a team is a priceless feeling. I know I have made many Germans proud today."

Wellinger is a YOG graduate who clinched first place in men's team event at the Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck in 2012.

Other YOG athletes including Dusty Korek of Canada have also gone from strength to strength at Sochi 2014 in ski jumping. The Innsbruck 2012 bronze medalist said,

“It’s been quite a roller coaster to reach here, but I wouldn’t have even dreamt of being in Sochi had it not been for Innsbruck 2012. The boost in confidence level was just amazing.”

Dusty was equally as enthusiastic about the women’s ski jumping: “I have participated in the mixed team event in Innsbruck and I know for certain that they can do it if we can do it. I know how hard they train, just like we do, so it’s good to see them finally realize their Olympic dream. I am happy that we are here as one big happy team." 

Women’s ski jumping made its debut on the Olympic programme at the Youth Olympic Games in 2012.

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