Stoch wins first leg of Four Hills
OBERSTDORF, Germany – Agence France-Presse
With 279.7 points, Stoch finished more than four points ahead of tournament favorite and home hope Richard Freitag, three times a winner in the World Cup this season and hoping to lay down a marker with the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang just six weeks away.
Stoch, who claimed gold on the normal hill and large hill at Sochi in 2014, saw his fellow Pole Dawid Kubacki come third as 25,000 fans turned out to watch despite the heavy rain in the Bavarian Alps.
“They were difficult conditions. The key was to stay focused on my own job,” said the 30-year-old Stoch.
The second leg of the Four Hills, the sport’s blue riband event and a Christmas and New Year fixture of the ski jumping calendar since 1953, will also be held in Germany, at Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Jan. 1.
It then moves to Austria, to Innsbruck on Jan. 4 and Bischofshofen on Jan. 6.