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Germany starts ski jump World Cup season with victory in team event ahead of Japan, Norway

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KLINGENTHAL, Germany — Severin Freund soared 135 meters in his second jump to seal Germany's victory in the opening event of the ski jump World Cup season on Saturday.

Freund, Markus Eisenbichler, Richard Freitag and Andreas Wellinger combined for a team total of 1098.0 points, ahead of Japan on 1068.9 and Norway on 1061.2.

PHOTO: Rune Velta of Norway competes during the team competition at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Klingenthal, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Norway finished 3rd. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Rune Velta of Norway competes during the team competition at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Klingenthal, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. Norway finished 3rd. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Germany coach Werner Schuster says, "They all jumped like they were unleashed. It was fantastic and a deserved win."

Norway's Anders Fannemel had the longest jump of the day at 144 meters.

An individual competition is scheduled for Sunday.

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