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Ammann soars to victory in Four Hills opener

Ammann soars to victory in Four Hills opener
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Simon Ammann produced a magical display on Sunday to win the first stage of the Four Hills Tour, the most prestigious ski jump competition.

With the Sochi Winter Olympics just around the corner competitors were out to prove their form ahead of going for gold in the Russian Black Sea resort.

The first of four events took place in Oberstdorf Germany and the day belonged to Ammann of Switzerland.

The Double Olympic champion – whose nickname is Harry Potter – registered a first jump of 139 meters.

He went on to hold off the rest of the field with an effort of 133 metres in the second.

That gave him a winning total of 301.9 points.

It was his third career victory in the four hills event and second in Oberstdorf, but it was his first World Cup win since 2011.

In second place was Norwegian Anders Bardel.

The 31-year-old, who had two third place finishes in last year’s Four Hills, was in fifth position after his effort of 133 metres but jumped into the runners up spot with a final leap of 133.5 metres.

He ended the event with 297.9 points.

Jumping off the Schattenbergschanze hill and into a share of third place were Peter Pevc of Slovenia and Thomas Diethart of Austria.

Both men scored 297.3 points.

Defending tour champion Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was ninth.

The second event takes place on News Year’s day in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.