Winter Olympics: Ski jumping capsule outlook
By David Wharton
Los Angeles Times
FEB, 12, 13, 19, 20, 22
Best of the U.S.: Anders Johnson made the team for the 2006 Olympic Games as a 16-year-old and now returns as a veteran. Neither he nor any other American figures to be in the running for a medal.
Best of the rest: In a sport where youth rules, Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria captured handfuls of World Cup victories before turning 20 last month. The wunderkind is a strong favorite on the normal hill. Switzerland’s Simon Ammann, who won both individual events eight years ago in Salt Lake City, and Austrians Thomas Morgenstern and Wolfgang Loitzl should also press for spots on the podium.
Normal hill: 1. Gregor Schlierenzauer, Austria. 2. Wolfgang Loitzl, Austria. 3. Simon Ammann, Switzerland.
Large hill: 1. Ammann, Switzerland. 2. Schlierenzauer, Austria. 3. Thomas Morgenstern, Austria.
Team: 1. Austria. 2. Finland. 3. Switzerland.