Slovenia win despite huge crash
Sun, 19 Feb 17:22:00 2012
Slovenia won the team gold at the ski flying World Cup event in Oberstdorf, Germany, despite one of their team ending up in hospital following a huge crash.
It was the first ever victory for Slovenia in a team ski jumping event at the top level, and came in an event that that was decided on a single round of jumps due to bad weather.
Jurij Tepes, Jure Sinkovec, Peter Prevc and Robert Kranjec scored 732.5 points to edge Austria into second place on 731.8. Norway were third with 715.9, while the Austrians' second place was enough to win them the FIS Team Tour title.
Amazingly, the victory came despite one of the Slovenian quartet, Prevc, ending up with a fractured collarbone. Immediately after landing what was a record-equalling 225.5m jump, Prevc lost control and tumbled to the snow.
His injury made it seem that Slovenia would be robbed of a thrilling second round of jumps against the much-favoured Austrians, but the winds picked up and snow began to fall more heavily forcing organisers to declare the first round of jumps as the official result.
That decision ensured gold for Slovenia, with Prevc already on his way to hospital for the x-rays that confirmed his broken bone.