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No final fantasy for ski jumpers

Another good day for Ammann, but not his team Keystone

Even with double gold medallist Simon Ammann on board, Switzerland's ski jumpers were unable to pull off any further upsets in the Olympic team event.

This content was published on February 18, 2002 - 22:52

The Swiss finished Monday's competition in seventh place, despite another strong showing from Ammann.

Known worldwide as the "Flying Harry Potter" since his shock domination of the individual jumping events, the 20-year-old student put in another magical personal performance with leaps of 128.5 and 130 metres, but he couldn't weave a spell on the rest of his team-mates.

Relatively short jumps by Marco Steinauer (99.5, 96) and Sylvain Freiholz (109, 102.5) had already ruled out any chances of Swiss medal glory. Andreas Küttel, sixth in the individual large hill discipline, completed his impressive Games with two identical jumps of 121.5 metres.

Germans win thriller

In a thrillingly close fight for the medals, Germany clinched their first ever gold medal in the team event after edging out Finland by just 0.1 of a point.

With Ammann missing out on the podium this time around, it was left to the Slovenians to provide the latest ski jumping shock, with the tiny alpine nation grabbing the bronze ahead of Austria.

Helped by Robert Kranjec's massive jump of 133 metres, the unfancied Slovenians were soon celebrating their first ever ski jumping medal and only their fourth ever medal in the history of the Winter Olympics.

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