Ski Jumping

Sunday Nov. 24, 2013 12:41 ET

Reigning World Cup ski jump champion refuses to compete

Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer protests windy conditions

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Andreas Kofler of Austria waves on a stretcher after his crash during the large hill individual competition in Klingenthal, Germany, Sunday. Defending World Cup champ Gregor Schlierenzauer refused to jump in protest of windy conditions. (Associated Press)

Defending World Cup champion Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria refused to compete at the opening
individual ski jumping event of the season Sunday in protest against a decision to go ahead with the competition in windy conditions.

Schlierenzauer and Anders Bardal of Norway left the tower after the start of the competition had been delayed by two hours and then interrupted several times.

The jury decided to stop the competition after one heat, leaving Poland's Krzysztof Biegun as the winner with an effort of 142.5 metres and 135.8 points.

Andreas Wellinger of Germany was second at 132 metres and 132.8 points. Jurij Tepes of Slovenia finished third at 131.4 points for a jump of 134.5 metres.

Taku Takeuchi of Japan was fourth.

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