After winning the normal hill competition, Poland’s Kamil Stoch added a second Sochi gold with a win on the large hill by a mere 1.3 points over 41-year-old Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai.
Kasai was the penultimate jumper in the final round, and his 133.5m jump earned him a score of 136.8 for a two-jump score of 277.4.
That enabled him to move past Slovenia’s Peter Prevc for the lead and ensure him his first Olympic individual medal in his seventh try (he won a team event silver at Lillehammer in 1994).
But it was still up to Stoch to determine what kind of medal Kasai would get.
On his last jump, Stoch, the reigning large hill world champion, soared 132.5m and earned a score of 135.3 – enough to give him a two-jump sum of 278.7 and his second Olympic title in less than a week.
He now joins Simon Ammann and Matti Nykanen as the only men to win both individual ski jumping events at a single Winter Games.
Ammann pulled the double at both Salt Lake City in 2002 and Vancouver in 2010, while Nykanen did it at Calgary in 1988.
MEN’S SKI JUMPING – INDIVIDUAL LARGE HILL
(Score across two jumps)
1. Kamil Stoch (POL), 278.7
2. Noriaki Kasai (JPN), 277.4
3. Peter Prevc (SLO), 274.8