Host City: Vancouver, Canada
Venue(s): Whistler Olympic Park, Whistler
Date Started: February 22, 2010
Date Finished: February 22, 2010
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.
Since before the Torino Winter Games, Austria had taken over from Germany and Finland as the pre-eminent nations when it came to team events and not suffered a defeat at World or OIympic level since 2003. The 2010 team included Gregor Schlierenzauer, already a double Olympic medallist in Vancouver, and three others who had placed in the top ten of the individual event.
Unsurprisingly the Austrians were in a class of their own and both statistically and literally soared ahead of their opposition. By the end they were 72 points clear of the nearest rivals which, to put it in context, was only marginally less than the points difference between the second and eighth place teams.