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Kamil Stoch is second ski jumper to sweep Four Hills Tournament

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BISCHOFSHOFEN, Austria (AP) — Kamil Stoch of Poland rounded off his second straight Four Hills Tournament victory by also winning the last stop on Saturday.

The man who swept the Sochi Olympic golds became the second ski jumper to win the annual competition by triumphing at all four stages, 16 years after Germany’s Sven Hannawald completed the feat.

Hannawald, who was working at the event as a TV commentator, appeared in the finish area soon after Stoch’s winning jump and congratulated him.

“I am positively surprised, happy, and a bit tired,” said Stoch, adding that the win was a “great reward” for him.

After winning in Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Innsbruck, Stoch said that the prospect of matching Hannawald’s record had not put him under extra pressure.

“It was big pressure this whole tournament, not just today. The most important was to stay focused on your job,” he said. “I just wanted to do my job, that’s all. I didn’t focus on winning. I focused on doing it right.”

The 30-year-old Stoch won both individual events at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, adding to his world title on the large hill a year before.

In 2017, he became the second Polish winner of the Four Hills Tournament after Adam Malysz took the title in 2001.

On Saturday, Stoch had jumps of 132.5 and 137 meters to finish on 275.6 points, edging Anders Fannemel of Norway by 3.2 points.

Andreas Wellinger of Germany was third with 270.5 points, and he finished runner-up to Stoch in the final Four Hills standings.

With his fourth straight World Cup win, Stoch overtook Richard Freitag atop the overall standings with 723 points, 12 clear of the German.

Freitag didn’t enter Saturday’s event having injured his left hip in a crash in Innsbruck two days ago.

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What to watch on Day 10 of Sochi Olympics

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Here’s a look at the compelling events, athletes and storylines of the Sochi Olympics on Monday, Feb. 17. A complete list of every Monday event can be found here.

WHAT TO STAY UP LATE FOR …

Biathlon, men’s 15km mass start, after 1 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Note: This event has been postponed indefinitely.

Ole Einar Bjoerndalen is expected to take aim at the solo record for most Winter Olympic medals for the third time after his opening gold in the 10km sprint. This event was rescheduled from Sunday due to fog at the Laura Biathlon Center.

Bjoerndalen, 40, has been stuck on 12 career medals, finishing fourth in the 12.5km pursuit and 34th in the 20km individual event. He is not a medal favorite here. France’s Martin Fourcade is the star, looking for his third straight gold.

WHAT TO WAKE UP EARLY FOR …

Men’s snowboard cross finals, 6:02 a.m. (estimated) ETCLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Note: it’s been postponed at least once.

A new Olympic snowboard cross champion will be crowned at Rosa Khutor Extreme Park. The only men’s gold medalist the event has ever known, American Seth Wescott, did not make the Olympic Team.

The U.S. sends four other men, including Nate Holland, who was fourth at the 2010 Olympics, Nick Baumgartner, Trevor Jacob and Alex Deibold.

The top international contenders include Australia’s Alex “Chumpy” Pullin, who has played in a reggae band named “Love Charli,” and Austrian Markus Schairer. They were the top two finishers at the 2013 World Championships.

Women’s hockey semifinal, U.S.-Sweden, 7:30 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The U.S. was expected to face Finland here, but the Swedes ousted the Finns by putting three goals past the world’s best goalie, Noora Raty, in the third period of their quarterfinal.

This sets up a third straight Olympic semifinal between the U.S. and Sweden.

In 2006, the Swedes shocked the Americans 3-2 in a shootout, the only time the U.S. failed to reach the gold-medal game. In 2010, the U.S. left no doubt with a 9-1 blowout before losing to Canada in the final.

WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS DURING THE DAY …

Two-man bobsled, runs 3 and 4, 9:30 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Russian Aleksandr Zubkov led by .32 of a second over Swiss Beat Hefti and .36 over American Steven Holcomb after the first two runs of four total. It will be tough to catch Zubkov, but second through sixth place is separated by .16.

Zubkov, 39, seeks his first Olympic gold medal after two-man bronze in 2006 and four-man silver in 2010. Hefti won on this track to conclude the 2012-13 World Cup season.

Holcomb is the World Cup champion and looking for the first U.S. Olympic two-man medal since 1952.

The other Americans, Cory Butner and Nick Cunningham, are 11th and 13th.

Figure skating, free dance, 10 a.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

The short dance went according to plan Sunday, with Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White taking a 2.56-point lead over Canadians Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir, their training partners.

Davis and White haven’t lost in nearly two years, a stretch that includes a World Championship, Four Continents Championship, two Grand Prix Finals and four Grand Prix series events. They’re trying to win the first U.S. Olympic ice dance gold medal.

Virtue and Moir won the 2010 Olympic title in Vancouver but have been passed by Davis and White in the four years since.

Russian and French couples appear to be vying for bronze. Americans Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Maia and Alex Shibutani were eighth and ninth after the short dance.

Women’s hockey semifinal, Canada-Switzerland, 12 p.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Canada is a heavy favorite here given it beat Switzerland 5-0 in group play. The Canadians have never lost in the semifinals of an Olympics or World Championships and are trying to win their fourth straight Olympic title.

Switzerland, whose team includes a D.C.-area Starbucks barista, has already clinched its best-ever Olympic finish. It’s playing with house money.

Ski jumping, team competition, 12:15 p.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

Austria appears to be the favorite to win the team competition for a third straight Olympics, but its individual large hill results (seventh, eighth, 32nd, 40th) weren’t very inspiring.

Other medal contenders include Slovenia, which won both World Cup team events this season, and Germany, which was second to Slovenia both times. Norway and Japan also have a shot. Japan features 41-year-old Noriaki Kasai, who won silver in the individual large hill.

Poland’s Kamil Stoch swept the individual normal and large hill events, but the Polish team is not very deep. It appears unlikely he will join Finland’s Matti Nykaenen as the only ski jumpers to win three golds at a single Winter Games.

Men’s aerials final, 12:30 p.m. ET CLICK HERE TO WATCH EVENT LIVE

This shapes up as a China-Belarus battle, just like the women’s aerials competition. Again, China enters with higher expectations. It throws 2010 bronze medalist Liu Zhongqing, 2013 world champion Qiu Guangpu and 2013 world bronze medalist Jia Zongyang.

Belarus, meanwhile, boasts defending Olympic champion Aleksei Grishin and Anton Kushnir, who won a World Cup event in Park City, Utah, in January.

Canada’s Travis Gerrits is also threat after winning the 2013 World Championships silver medal.

Mac Bohonnon, with one World Cup silver this season, is the lone U.S. entrant.

Kamil Stoch wins second Sochi ski jumping gold on large hill

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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).

VIDEO: Inside Kamil Koch’s brilliant jumps

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.

VIDEO: Kasai, 41, amazes for silver

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.

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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