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Ammann Wins Second Gold, Takes K120 Jump

Ammann Wins Second Gold, Takes K120 Jump

By the SKI Magazine Editors
posted: 01/01/2000

Park City, Utah Feb. 13, 2002 (AP)--Simon Ammann of Switzerland became the second ski jumper in history to win gold medals on both hills in the same Olympics on Wednesday by surprising the field again at 120 meters.

Ammann, who earlier won the 90-meter event, joined Finland's Matti Nykanen as the only jumpers to win both events. Nykanen was a double winner in 1988 at Calgary.

Ammann won with a final jump of 436 feet (133 meters) and finished with 281.4 points.

Adam Malysz of Poland won the silver medal with 269.7 points, and Matti Hautamaeki of Finland had 256 points and won the bronze. Malysz also won a bronze at 90 meters.

Germany's Sven Hannewald, the silver medalist at 90 meters, had a chance to overtake Ammann on the final jump of the competition. He soared 430 feet (131 meters) but couldn't hold his landing and fell back onto his skis. He finished fourth.

Kazuyoshi Funaki, the defending Olympic champion from Nagano, was seventh with 245.5 points.

It was another disappointing Olympics for the U.S. ski jumpers, who won their one and only medal--a bronze--in 1924.

Alan Alborn of Anchorage, Alaska, didn't even qualify for the second round of the final and finished 34th. Knocked down by a stiff wind at his back, he jumped just 379 feet (115.5 meters) in the round of 50.

Clint Jones, 17, of Steamboat Springs, Colo., was 42nd.

Copyright © 2000 The Associated Press

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