Swiss jumper Ammann wins 1st gold

Updated: February 14, 2010, 3:02 AM ET
Associated Press

WHISTLER, British Columbia -- Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann is the first gold medal winner of the Vancouver Olympics.

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AP Photo/Elaine ThompsonSwitzerland's Simon Ammann celebrates his third career ski jumping gold medal.

Ammann secured his third Olympic title by winning the normal hill event Saturday after putting down the longest jumps in both rounds.

Polish veteran Adam Malysz took silver and Austrian 20-year-old Gregor Schlierenzauer bounced back from a disappointing first jump to earn bronze in his Olympic debut.

Ammann held a commanding lead after the first round after a 105-meter effort, then soared 108 meters with his second jump for a total score of 276.5 points.

Malysz had 269.5, and Schlierenzauer finished with 268.

Ammann swept both individual events at the 2002 Salt Lake City Games, where Malysz was second in the large hill.

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