Olympic Ski Jumping 2014: Schedule, TV Info and Predictions for Day 7

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistFebruary 14, 2014

Poland's gold medal winner Kamil Stoch makes his second attempt during the men's normal hill ski jumping final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
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Qualification for the men's large hill individual ski jump at the 2014 Winter Olympics will commence on Friday.

The normal hill jump was knocked on Sunday, with Poland's Kamil Stoch, Slovenia's Peter Prevc and Norway's Anders Bardal taking home gold, silver and bronze, respectively.

Between the skiers traveling ungodly distances and NBC's ability to swap seamlessly between different camera angles, ski jumping is always one of the more enjoyable events to watch at the Winter Olympics. There's a simple elegance to the event, and when else do you have an opportunity to watch it?

Of the two, large hill is arguably more exciting, as the participants have an extra 30-plus meters with which to build speed before the takeoff.

The normal hill competition is generally 105 meters, while the large hill is up around 140 meters. Dennis Passa of the Associated Press wrote that it's "roughly equivalent to a 40-story fall in about nine seconds."

There was some talk about the course after Stoch crashed in training on Wednesday, as did Russian Mikhail Maksimochkin, who fractured two ribs.

Passa reported, though, that the organizers believe the hill to be safe and won't be making any kind of changes.

Here's a brief preview for what is to come on Day 7.

 

When: Friday, Feb. 14, at 12:30 p.m. ET

Where: RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, Sochi, Russia

Watch: NBCSN (coverage starts at 2:15 p.m. ET)

Live Stream: NBC Olympics Live Extra

 

Here's a look at the 61 skiers who will look to advance to the first round. Of those 61, 10 have already qualified. Among that group are the three medal winners from Sunday.

Men's Large Hill Individual Qualification Round
BibNameCountryStatus
1Nicholas AlexanderUnited States-
2Siim-Tanel SammelselgEstonia-
3Sorin Iulian PiteaRomania-
4Vladimir ZografskiBulgaria-
5Matthew RowleyCanada-
6Chil-Ku KangSouth Korea-
7Roman KoudelkaCzech Republic-
8Nico PolychronidisGreece-
9Heung-Chul ChoiSouth Korea-
10Sebastian ColloredoItaly-
11Trevor MorriceCanada-
12Marat ZhaparovKazakhstan-
13Anders JohnsonUnited States-
14Dusty KorekCanada-
15Hyun-Ki KimSouth Korea-
16Ilmir HazetdinovRussia-
17Seou ChoiSouth Korea-
18Alexey PchelintsevKazakhstan-
19Peter FrenetteUnited States-
20Nicholas FairallUnited States-
21Kaarel NurmsaluEstonia-
22Alexey RomashovRussia-
23Roberto DellasegaItaly-
24Olli MuotkaFinland-
25Davide BresadolaItaly-
26Ronan Lamy ChappuisFrance-
27Antonin HajekCzech Republic-
28Denis KornilovRussia-
29Jarkko MaeaettaeFinland-
30Anders JacobsenNorway-
31Mackenzie Boyd-ClowesCanada-
32Reruhi ShimizuJapan-
33Dimitry VassilievRussia-
34Gregor DeschwandenSwitzerland-
35Jakub JandaCzech Republic-
36Rune VeltaNorway-
37Janne AhonenFinland-
38Anssi KoivurantaFinland-
39Anders FannemelNorway-
40Michael HayboeckAustria-
41Jan MaturaCzech Republic-
42Richard FreitagGermany-
43Piotr ZylaPoland-
44Maciej KotPoland-
45Jurij TepesSlovenia-
46Jan ZiobroPoland-
47Jernej DamjanSlovenia-
48Taku TakeuchiJapan-
49Daiki ItoJapan-
50Marinus KrausGermany-
51Thomas MorgensternAustria-
52Robert KranjecSloveniaPQ
53Thomas DiethartAustriaPQ
54Andreas WellingerGermanyPQ
55Anders BardalNorwayPQ
56Simon AmmannSwitzerlandPQ
57Severin FreundGermanyPQ
58Gregor SchlierenzauerAustriaPQ
59Noriaki KasaiJapanPQ
60Peter PrevcSloveniaPQ
61Kamil StochPolandPQ
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A few of the favorites to advance are Austria's Michael Hayboeck, Poland's Maciej Kot, Slovenia's Jernej Damjan and Finland's Anssi Koivuranta. Those four are among the highest finishers in the normal hill who haven't already pre-qualified.

SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 09:  Michael Hayboeck of Austria lands his jump during the Men's Normal Hill Individual first round on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center on February 9, 2014 in Sochi, Russia.  (Photo by
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Hayboeck posted an impressive 258.0 in the final round of the normal hill, missing out on a medal by 6.1 points. Repeating that finish may be difficult, but he should advance to the next round at the very least.

Kot and Damjan finished within 1.1 points of each other in the normal hill final round, with Kot in seventh and Damjan in ninth.

Should any of those four aforementioned skiers be eliminated on Thursday, it would be a massive shock.

Looking at each country, Austria in particular should perform well. Thomas Diethart and Gregor Schlierenzauer have already qualified, while Hayboeck and Thomas Morgenstern, who finished 14th on Sunday, look like solid bets to make it through as well.

If you're also looking for somebody for whom to root, Morgenstern is your guy.

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On Jan. 10, he suffered a head injury and a damaged lung in a bad crash during training.

The 27-year-old acknowledged how difficult it was to get back on the hill again, per BBC Sport's Nick Hope:

"I was in my hospital bed thinking 'why am I lying here?'" he said. "I didn't and still can't remember what happened."

"It was the hardest time of my life.

"To take part in any competition and go back on the hill after what has happened was so difficult and even to think about ski jumping again was hard."

Now, here he is in Sochi with a chance to possibly medal in large hill individual. Doing so would make Morgenstern one of the best stories of the Winter Olympics, so whatever progression he makes is a notable storyline.

Although Friday is merely the qualifying round, it's a good chance to see some of the top ski jumpers in the world get one step closer to a gold medal.