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Switzerland's Ammann wins wind-shortened Four Hills event

Strong winds reduced the second leg of the Four Hills ski jump tournament at Garmisch-Partenkirchen to just a single jump, but Switzerland's Simon Ammann made the most of his one shot.

Simon Ammann

Ammann kept his cool in windy conditions

At the second of four events in the Four Hills ski jump tournament, Switzerland's Simon Ammann moved into second place in the overall standings by winning the wind-shortened competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on New Year's Day.

High winds reduced the event to a single jump rather than the normal two, and Ammann's jump of 131 meters (430 feet) earned him 142.1 points. Many jumpers were frustrated by the variable wind conditions, but the challenge appeared to suit Ammann.

"That was the situation that I needed," Ammann was quoted on the Four Hills website. "I know that you must have your wits about you, and I proved today that I can do that."

Ammann came in fourth at the tournament's first event in Oberstdorf, which was won by Austria's Thomas Morgenstern.

In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Morgenstern finished in 14th place but still retained his overall lead in the Four Hills standings, leading Amman by 13.5 points.

Among the German competitors, Martin Schmidt had the best day in Garmisch, placing seventh. In the overall tournament ranking, Michael Neumayer leads the way for the Germans in sixth place.

Author: Matt Zuvela (dpa, sid)

Editor: Toma Tasovac

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