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Schlierenzauer become youngest-ever ski flying champ

By  Unsigned,   Monday, 25 February 2008

Gregor Schlierenzauer, the 18-year-old newcomer from Austria, has become the youngest ski flying world champion.

At the event in Oberstdorf, Germany, Schlierenzauer recorded jumps of 212 metres and 217.5 metres on Friday, and 208.5 metres and 211.5 metres on Saturday.

Austrian teammate Martin Koch claimed the silver medal on Saturday, while Finland's Janne Ahonen and Norway's Bjoern Einar Romoeren finished third and fourth respectively.

"This is a dream, my greatest victory so far. Ski flying is a cool sport. I tried to play with the air and it worked perfect today," said Schlierenzauer.

He added: "This is a childhood dream for me. Two years ago I was still a spectator. I never thought about a medal, for me this was strictly fun."

Around 27,000 spectators were at the FIS Ski Flying World Championship 2008 to see Schlierenzauer fly to victory.