2018-02-09 / Sports

Qualifying for ski jumping normal hill underway

BY JIM ARMSTRONG
The Assoicated Press


SIMON AMMANN of Switzerland, soars through the air during the men's normal hill individual ski jumping qualifier ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. 
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS SIMON AMMANN of Switzerland, soars through the air during the men's normal hill individual ski jumping qualifier ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PYEONGCHANG, South Korea

Andreas Wellinger will take his strong form into the final of the men’s normal hill ski jumping at the Pyeongchang Olympics.

The 22-year-old German, who already qualified because he was among the top 10-ranked jumpers on the normal hill going into the event, beat defending Olympic champion Kamil Stoch of Poland, who finished second in Thursday’s qualifying.

The normal hill final is on Saturday.

Two-time Olympic champion Simon Ammann qualified 10th among those who had to jump for a spot Saturday.

Thursday’s qualifying was held to reduce the number of jumpers to 50 for the normal hill final.

Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai, who is competing in his record eighth Olympics, was 20th, while Kevin Bickner of the United States qualified 25th.

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