Anders Fannemel, a 23-year-old ski jumper from Hornindal who lives in Lillehammer, finally won his first World Cup victory during competition in Russia over the weekend. He made his debut in 2007 and competed in his first World Cup four years ago, but had never managed to win an event.
“Very well-deserved,” commented Norway’s national ski jumping coach Alexander Stöckl. “Anders is in good shape and this victory gave him a lot of self-confidence.”
He has performed well before, landing the world’s next-longest jump, 244.5 meters, at Vikersund in 2012. He also has placed second in two World Cup events and since, according to Stöckl, has “become more stable.”
Now he’s looking forward to the world championships in Falun, Sweden later this season. “I haven’t been part of the Nordic skiing world championships before, so I don’t only want to be part of them this time, but to do well there,” Fannemel told newspaper Aftenposten.