Gregor’s monster leap to gold

Gregor Schlierenzauer produced a 146.5m leap to give Austria gold in the men’s team ski jumping competition in Whistler.

Schierenzauer saved the best to last with his giant jump and almost lost his footing on the landing.

The 20-year-old, a double bronze medallist in individual events, went into a sitting position and almost touched down with one hand but somehow avoided any contact with the ground to ensure the jump stood.

The loss of style points for the awkward landing was not enough to prevent the Austria team, which also included Wolfgang Loitzl, Andreas Kofler and Thomas Morgenstern, from taking the gold from Germany with a record points total of 1107.9.

The Germans had to settle for silver with a total of 1035.8 while Norway claimed the bronze, posting 1030.3.

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