The Slovenian team has found their way onto the steps of the ski jumping podium at the 2022 Winter Olympics more times than favorites Germany and Norway. The Slovenian women started strong in the ski jumping program at the Winter Games in the normal hill competition, as Ursa Bogataj won gold and Nika Kriznar took bronze. The two women later helped teammates Timi Zajc and Peter Prevc fly to the nation's third Olympic ski jumping medal, claiming gold in the mixed team final. It was the first time the mixed team event joined the Olympic sports schedule.
Prevc is the veteran ski jumper on the Slovenian team is making his fourth Olympic appearance. At the 2014 Sochi Olympics, Prevc won silver in the men’s individual normal hill and bronze in the individual large hill. For the other Slovenian athletes, these Games mark their second time competing at the highest level. Prevc will join Lovro Kos, Cene Prevc and Timi Zajc for the men’s team competition.
Germany and Japan trail Slovenia with two ski jumping medals each. Germany’s Karl Geiger was unsuccessful at finishing in the top three until he won bronze in the large hill final with a total score of 281.3. Ryoyu Kobayashi pushed Gieger out of second and soared to silver with 292.8 total points. Kobayashi had previously won gold in the men’s normal hill.
If Slovenia doesn't finish in the top three during the last ski jumping event, Germany and Japan have the potential to match the top country with three medals total in ski jumping.
The U.S. men's ski jumping team of Decker Dean, Patrick Gasienica, Kevin Bickner and Casey Larson will also have a final opportunity to win its first Olympic medal.
The men's team event is slated for Feb. 14 at 5:00 a.m. ET and will conclude the ski jumping program at the 2022 Winter Olympics.
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