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Germany stops Austria’s dominance, wins gold in team large hill ski jumping

Sochi Olympics Ski Jumping Men

Germany’s Andreas Wank, Severin Freund, Marinus Kraus and Andreas Wellinger, from left, celebrate winning the gold after the ski jumping large hill team competition at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Matthias Schrader

Prior to today’s Olympic team ski jumping event, Austria had not lost an Olympic or world championship team title since the 2005 season.

But Germany’s foursome of Severin Freund, Andreas Wank, Andreas Wellinger and Marinus Kraus were the ones to finally break that impressive streak at RusSki Gorki Jumping Center.

Freund’s last jump was enough to give the Germans the gold by 2.7 points over the Austrians (Gregor Schlierenzauer, Thomas Morgenstern, Michael Hayboeck, Thomas Diethart).

It marks their third team ski jumping gold in Olympic competition, but their first since Salt Lake City in 2002. It also gives them the most wins in the event’s history.

Japan, led by Noriaki Kasai, took the bronze that gives their 41-year-old star a second medal in Sochi after he won silver in the individual large hill.

The U.S. team of Nick Alexander, Nick Fairall, Peter Frenette, and Anders Johnson was unable to advance out of the first round.

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MEN’S SKI JUMPING - TEAM
1. Germany, 1041.1

2. Austria, 1038.4
3. Japan, 1024.9
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10. USA, 402.5 (Eliminated in First Round)

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