Ski jumping greats Kamil Stoch and Sara Takanashi dominated the summer Grand Prix events and have their eyes on more glory.

The new FIS Ski Jumping World Cup season is upon us, with the opening men's event this Friday (16 November) in Wisla, Poland.

Local favourite Kamil Stoch will be keen to make up for losing out last year to Japan's Junshiro Kobayashi on home slopes as he seeks the early advantage in the overall standings.


Domination

Stoch dominated the 2017/18 season, winning nine events as well as the Four Hills Tournament, Willingen Five, Raw Air Tournament, and Planica7 competitions en route to claiming the overall Crystal Glob. All that in addition to PyeongChang 2018 Olympic large hill gold.

The Pole kept up his form in the summer events, winning three of the nine Grand Prix plastic slope competitions, including at Wisla.

The overall Grand Prix champion is former Nordic combined Olympian Evgeniy Klimov of Russia, who switched exclusively to ski jumping in 2015.

Klimov has only one ski jumping World Cup podium to his name, at Innsbruck in 2016/17, but recorded six podiums on the Grand Prix series this summer season and will attempt to carry his run of results on into the winter circuit this year.

Germany's Olympic champion on the normal hill, Andreas Wellinger, as well as moustachioed double Olympic bronze medallist Robert Johansson of Norway, cannot be counted out either.

And neither can Johansson's compatriot Johann Andre Forfang, who took silver on the normal hill.

Takanashi aims for number five

The women's World Cup season begins a few weeks later, starting in Lillehammer, Norway, on 29 November.

PyeongChang bronze medallist Sara Takanashi is the in-form athlete, having won four of five Grand Prix events over the summer.

The Japanese jumper has won four overall World Cup Crystal Globes, and has won 55 World Cup events, the most by any athlete.

Still only 22, Takanashi can become the sole leader in overall World Cup titles if she wins her fifth this season. She currently shares the record with Matti Nykanen and Adam Malysz.

Her biggest threat is defending champion Maren Lundby, the Norwegian who also holds the Olympic title, while German Olympic silver medallist Katharina Althaus is looking for her first overall crown.

New women's competitions

For the first time, women will take part in the Raw Air Tournament, a series of three back-to-back Large Hill competitions in Norway held in March.

The men's event, which includes a fourth Flying Hill competition, is now in its third season. In Raw Air, qualifying scores (and men's team scores) count towards the final standings too, meaning each jump counts towards the title.

In addition, the last two events on the women's calendar in Russia will form the Bluebird Tour.

Both World Cups will pause between mid-February and the Raw Air Tournament in March for the world championships, which will take place in Seefeld, Austria.

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup calendar 2018/19

Schedule information is subject to change.

Men's Ski Jumping World CupWomen's Ski Jumping WorldCup
16–18 November
Wisla, Poland: Team Large Hill, LargeHill
23–25 November
Ruka,Finland: Large Hill (two competitions)
30November–2 December
Nizhny Tagil, Russia: LargeHill (two competitions)
7–9December
Titisee-Neustadt, Germany: Team Large Hill, LargeHill
14–16 December
Engelbert,Switzerland: Large Hill (two competitions)

FourHills Tournament:
29–30December
Obertsdorf, Germany: Large Hill
31December–1 January
Garmisch-Partenkirchen,Germany: Large Hill
3–4January
Innsbruck, Austria: LargeHill
5–6 January
Bischofshofen,Austria: Large Hill

11–13 January
Valdi Fiemme, Italy: Large Hill (twocompetitions)
18–20 January
Zakopane,Poland: Team Large Hill, Large Hill
25–27January
Sapporo, Japan: Large Hill (twocompetitions)
1–3February
Obertsdorf, Germany: Flying Hill (twocompetitions)
8–10 February
Lahti,Finland: Team Large Hill, Large Hill
15–17February (Willingen Five)
Willingen,Germany: Large Hill (two competitions)

Raw AirTournament:
8–10March
Oslo, Norway: Team Large Hill, LargeHill
11–12 March
Lillehammer,Norway: Large Hill
13–14March
Trondheim, Norway: LargeHill
15–17 March
Vikersund,Norway: Team Flying Hill, FlyingHill

21–24 March(Planica7)
Planica, Slovenia: Flying Hill (twocompetitions), Team Flying Hill
29November–2 December (Lillehammer Triple)
Lillehammer,Norway: Normal Hill (two competitions), LargeHill
8–9December
Titisee-Neustadt, Germany: LargeHill
14–16 December
Premanon,France: Normal Hill (two competitions)
11–13January
Sapporo, Japan: Large Hill (twocompetitions)
17–20January
Zao, Japan: Normal Hill (two competitions), TeamNormal Hill
25–27January
Rasnov, Romania: Normal Hill (twocompetitions)
1–3February
Hinzenbach, Austria: Normal Hill (twocompetitions)
7–10 February
Ljubno,Slovenia: Normall Hill (two competitions), Team Normal Hill
15–17February
Obertsdorf, Germany: Large Hill (twocompetitions)

Raw AirTournament:
9–10March
Oslo, Norway: Large Hill
11–12March
Lillehammer, Norway: LargeHill
13–14 March
Trondheim,Norway: Large Hill

BluebirdTour:
15–17March
Nizhny Tagil, Russia: Normal Hill (twocompetitions)
22–24March
Chaikovsky, Russia: Normal Hill, LargeHill

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