Olympic prediction: Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer will rock your socks off

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 4, 2010 3:33 pm


And we’re not the only ones who think so. This 20-year-old ski jumping phenom is, in some folks’ minds, an absolute shoe-in for the gold medal at the Winter Olympic Games.

Gregor started his road to ski jumping stardom at the age of 15. Last year he won a record number of World Cup points as he sailed to overall champion status, and this year he has already racked up 31 wins on the circuit.

How does Mr. Schlierenzauer feel about the fame and glory? “Not so important”. A man of few words.

Gregor is built for ski jumping. He’s tall, light and thin…but has thighs of steel. Ski jumpers need these features to be successfully fly through the air (the strong thighs are used for the push off). Jumpers take part in three competitions — the normal, or 90-meter hill, the large (120-meter hill) and the team event. Each competitor jumps twice and is judged on length and style.

Our prediction is Gregor for gold. If he misses it though, no doubt another Austrian will take it. Switzerland’s Simon Ammann certainly has a strong chance, but we’re chalking this one up to the Austrians. Disagree? Let us know why in the comment section below.