Stoch leads opening round of ski jumping training

February 13, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) Normal hill gold medal winner Kamil Stoch of Poland shook off the effects of a crash landing 24 hours earlier to finish first Thursday in the opening training round for large hill ski jumping at the Sochi Olympics.

Stoch had minor facial injuries and hurt his left arm when he fell Wednesday. His injury was not the worst of the night - Russian Mikhail Maksimochkin fractured ribs and spent the night in the hospital.

Maksimochkin is still listed on the start sheets for Thursday's three jumps, but, not surprisingly, he had a DNS - did not start- next to his name after the first round.

Qualifying will be held Friday night and the gold medal final is scheduled for Saturday.

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