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Ski jump double for Swiss Ammann

Ammann makes ski jump history

Switzerland's Simon Ammann became the most successful ski jumper in Olympic history after winning gold in the individual large hill in Vancouver.

The 28-year-old, who won the normal hill event earlier in the Games, becomes the first ski jumper to win four individual golds.

He completed the same golden double in Salt Lake City back in 2002.

Poland's Adam Malysz, 32, won the silver medal and Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, 20, took the bronze.

Ammann recorded jumps of 144m and 138m for a total of 283.6 points to beat Malysz (269.4pts) and Schlierenzauer (262.2pts).

It was the same podium finish as last Saturday's normal hill contest, with Malysz becoming the oldest Olympic medal winner on the large hill.

"I'm speechless," said Ammann, who surpassed the achievements of Finnish ski jump legend Matti Nykanen, who won four gold medals, in 1984 and 1988, but one of those came in the team event.

"What can I say? I was so nervous. It was a nerve-wracking experience. I had this magic force to jump far. This is truly great."

There had been controversy over Ammann's modified boot bindings, with Austria threatening to launch a protest after the first round.

The bindings supposedly made the Swiss's position through the air more aerodynamic, but the International Ski Federation (FIS) said they were legal.

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