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Stoch best in opening round of jumping training

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 13, 2014 at 2:34 pm •  Published: February 13, 2014

KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Normal hill gold medal winner Kamil Stoch of Poland shook off the effects of a crash landing 24 hours earlier to place first, second and third in three training rounds Thursday in large hill ski jumping at the Sochi Olympics.

Stoch had minor facial injuries and hurt his left arm when he fell Wednesday. His injury was not the worst of the night — Russian Mikhail Maksimochkin fractured ribs and was taken to the hospital.

Maksimochkin was still listed on the start sheets for Thursday's three jumps, but, not surprisingly, he had a DNS — did not start— next to his name after all three rounds.

Later, the FIS said the 20-year-old Maksimochkin was expected to be released from the hospital on Friday and would not attempt to qualify for the individual large hill final on Saturday.

A decision on whether he competes for Russia in the team event on Monday will be made by the weekend.

Simon Ammann of Switzerland, the defending large hill champion from Vancouver in 2010 and who is attempting to win a record fifth Olympic gold, fell on his second jump of the night but was able to walk off from the landing area.

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