Swiss ski jumper Ammann needs a "miracle"

Olympic gold medalist Simon Ammann suffered another setback in his quest for the prestigious Four Hills Tournament title with a fourth place finish on Monday.

This content was published on January 3, 2011 - 16:47 and agencies

With contests on three of the four hills already decided, Ammann is currently placed second overall, 27.3 points behind leader Thomas “Morgi” Morgenstern of Austria, who has 843 points.

The Four Hills tournament, taking place in Austria and Germany until January 6, is considered one of the most important ski-jumping events of the season. The final contest takes place in Bischofshofen, Austria, on Thursday. Ammann finished fourth in the first contest and won the second.

“It’s going to take a big miracle now,” Ammann said of his dwindling chances to capture the only major ski-jumping title to elude him. “The 27 points are quite a lot. And Morgi always does well in Bischofshofen. A lot can still happen in the tour. I will have to work hard.”

Morgenstern soared to first place with a total of 266.5 points during the third competition on Monday in Innsbruck with jumps of 129.5 metres and 126.5 metres. Polish jumper Adam Malysz took second and Tom Hilde of Norway was finished third. Ammann finished the day in fourth with 252.7 points.

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