KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — World Cup leader Kamil Stoch showed Friday why he's a strong gold medal favorite for the first ski jumping final at the Sochi Olympics.
Under bright blue, sunny skies at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, Stoch had two firsts and a second-place finish in three training runs for Sunday night's individual normal hill final.
Stoch is trying to keep Poland in the forefront of Olympic ski jumping following the retirement of Adam Malysz, who won silver in both the normal and large hills at Vancouver in 2010.
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The men who finished around Malysz four years ago also performed well Friday.
Bronze medalist Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was second in the third training jump while defending double gold medalist Simon Amman was tied for sixth.
Qualifying will be held Saturday.
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