Norway's Romoren wins opening ski jumping event
KUUSAMO, Finland (AP)Bjorn Einar Romoren of Norway edged German teenager Pascal Bodmer at the Nordic Opening Saturday to start the ski jumping season.
Romoren sailed to 139.5 and 139 meters with his jumps, amassing 299.8 points for a clear victory in Ruka.
The 18-year-old Bodmer had the joint longest jump, 141 meters along with Andreas Kofler of Austria. Bodmer rose to second from eighth place after a first jump of 133 meters to earn 290.7 points for his first individual podium finish at a World Cup event.
Austria's Wolfgang Loitzl took third with jumps of 136.5 meters for 290.4 points.
Jumpers from Norway, Germany and Japan mastered the conditions best, leaving traditionally strong countries like Austria and Finland behind.
Simon Ammann, Switzerland's best jumper for years, was 12th and current World Cup champion Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria was 19th. The event marked a comeback for one of the greats in ski jumping, Finland's Janne Ahonen. He finished 34th.