Top Pictures of Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament (PHOTOS)

 
on January 04 2012 5:41 AM
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Skiers flew off the ski jump, overlooking the hills and the audience, during the second event of the 60th Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament, in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany, over the weekend. Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer won, ahead of his compatriot Andreas Kofler and Japan's Daiki Ito, in the event held on Jan.1.

The Four Hills Tournament features four individual skiing events in Germany and Austria comprising the Ski Jumping World Cup held every winter. The first ski event of the tournament was held at Oberstdorf in Germany on Dec. 30; Gregor Schlierenzauer won that competition, well ahead of compatriots Kofler and Thomas Morgenstern.

Skiers practiced for the third event of the tournament on Jan. 3, at Innsbruck, Austria.

The fourth and final event will be held at Bischofshofen, also in Austria, on Jan. 6, when the winner of the Ski Jumping World Cup will be announced.

The skier, who scores the maximum points, over these four events, will be declared the champion.

Check out a few photographs from the practice session, and previous events, and watch skiers soar through the air, looking down at the Nordkette Mountains in Innsbruck...

Top Pictures of Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

Japan's Daiki Ito soars through the air to take third place in the second event of the 60th Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Garmisch Partenkirchen, on Jan. 1, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Top Pictures of Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

Austria's Thomas Morgenstern soars through the air in front of the Wilten Cathedral, during practice for the third event of the Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Innsbruck, on Jan. 3, 2012. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

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Finland's Janne Happonen takes off from the ski jump during a practice session for the third event of the 60th Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Innsbruck, on Jan. 3, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Top Pictures of Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

Germany's Richard Freitag soars through the air in front of the Nordkette mountains, during practice for the third event of the Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Innsbruck on Jan. 3, 2012. REUTERS/Dominic Ebenbichler

Top Pictures of Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

Germany's Richard Freitag soars through the air, during qualification for the third event of the 60th Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Innsbruck, on Jan. 3, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Top Pictures of Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

Austria's Andreas Kofler speeds down the ski jump, during the second event of the 60th Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Garmisch Partenkirchen, on Jan. 1, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

Top Pictures of Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament

Germany's Severin Freund takes off from the ski jump, during practice for the third event of the 60th Four Hills Ski Jumping Tournament in Innsbruck, on Jan. 3, 2012. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach