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Winds, Snow Hamper Ski Championships; Daniel Andre Tande Grabs Title

Norway’s Daniel Andre Tande finished big at the Ski Flying World Championships over the weekend to bring home the gold.

The competition was shut down after the third round because of the strong winds and snow.

The 23-year-old scored 200 on the third round to add to his totals of 212 and 227 on the first round and second round.

Kamil Stoch of Poland was 13.3 points behind for second place, while Richard Freitag of Germany finished third with 627.6 points, said the report.

Talking to reporters afterwards, Tande said that he still could not process all his feelings after his first international win. Definitely, it was a dream come true for him.

“The waiting before the fourth round was different than in any other competition because it was about the final jump,” he said. “I just tried to stay focused.”

In Norway’s history, Tande is just the third to become the world champion after Roar Ljoekelsoey and Ole Gunnar Fidjestoel.

Stoch also said that the waiting part was also very difficult even if they had to stay focus for the competition. He said that he wanted to make another jump for the fourth round before it was canceled.

“It’s always a bit strange when you get the information that the final round is canceled because you can’t be that happy without the adrenaline from the jump,” he said.

For his part, third-place Freitag said that everything was sped up in his head so it was an experience that he will relish for a long time. He said that in the third round, despite the strong wind and snow, he didn’t think about it too much.

“I try to let everything sink in and enjoy the atmosphere,” he said.

International Ski Federation technical delegate Bertil Palsrud said that conditions were too dangerous for the competition to continue.