Host City: Torino, Italy
Venue(s): , Pragelato
Date Started: February 20, 2006
Date Finished: February 20, 2006
Format: Two jumps per team member, with both scored on distance and form. Four members per team, with all four jumps in each round to count towards team total. Only the top 8 teams from the first jump advance to the second jump.
Austria had eclipsed the Scandinavian nations at the 2005 World Championships and the success of [Thomas Morgenstern] and [Andreas Kofler] in individual competition gave a strong signal that they would provide the quartet to beat in the team event through the Finns and Norwegians also had strength in depth. A superb effort by Kofler ensured that Austria had a narrow lead over Finland after round one with a Norwegian team, held back by a poor leap from [Tommy Ingebrigtsen], a little further back in third. Austria maintained this lead throughout the second round and the title was sealed by Thomas Morgenstern, who flew out to 140.5 m in the final jump of the competition. Norway’s hopes of gold were wrecked by a second poor leap by Ingebridtsen and they finished behind Finland in third. If pre-2002 rules had been in operation and only the three best jumps of each round had counted for a team then Norway would have snatched the gold medal by a fraction of a point. Last of the sixteen nations some way adrift of the rest were the débutants from the People’s Republic of China.