Olympic champion Stoch wins final stop, takes 4 Hills title
BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria (AP) Olympic ski jump champion Kamil Stoch became the first Polish winner of the Four Hills Tour in 16 years on Friday.
Stoch won the final stop to overtake Daniel Andre Tande, who led the competition after winning in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck. The Norwegian dropped to third in the standings after losing his balance due to a problem with the binding of his right ski and nearly crashing on his final jump Friday.
Stoch's Polish teammate Piotr Zyla also passed Tande to place second.
''It's an amazing feeling,'' Stoch said. ''I am really satisfied, happy and glad.''
The previous winner from Poland was Adam Malysz in 2001.
Stoch already led the competition after the second stop in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but lost his momentum as he bruised his shoulder while crashing in a trial jump in Innsbruck on Tuesday.
The two-time Olympic gold medalist from Sochi had a jump of 134.5 meters Thursday to regain the lead in the Four Hills standings, and added a 138.5-meter effort after his sole rival for the title, Tande, was already out of contention.
Stoch gathered 289.2 points to beat Michael Hayboeck of Austria, who had a 142.0-meter effort for the longest jump of the day and finished on 283.3 points. Zyla was third with 275.8.
The regular World Cup continues in Wisla, Poland next weekend. After 11 of 27 events, with 17-year-old Domen Prevc of Slovenia holds a nine-point lead over Tande, with Stoch four points further back in third.