Ammann takes first leg of Four Hills Tournament
Swiss ski jumper Simon Ammann celebrates after his victory at the Four-Hills Ski jumping tournament in Oberstdorf, southern Germany on December 29, 2013
Ammann, who picked up double Olympic gold at Salt Lake City in 2002 and repeated the feat at Vancouver 2010, built his success on a massive first leap before protecting the advantage to finish ahead of Norway's Anders Bardal, while Slovenian Peter Prevc and Austrian Thomas Diethart finished joint third.
The 32-year-old Ammann, who also competed at the 1998 Nagano Olympics at the age of 16, finished with a score of 301.9 points after an opening jump of 139m and edged Bardal, who finished on 297.9pts with Prevc and Diehart just 0.6pts further back.
The 2007 world champion Swiss has never won the prestigious Four Hills which now moves to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for the second leg on January 1, before the third and fourth events at Innsbruck and Bischofshofen.
Four Hills holder and six-time world champion Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria could only manage ninth place while World Cup leader Kamil Stoch of Poland settled for 13th spot.
1. Simon Ammann (SUI) 301.9 pts (139m + 133), 2. Anders Bardal (NOR) 297.9 (133 + 133.5), 3. Peter Prevc (SLO) 297.3 (139.5 + 134), 4 . Thomas Diethart (AUT) 297.3 (139 + 134.5), 5. Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) 296.8 (132 + 134.5)
9. Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) 281.6 (130.5 + 137), 13. Kamil Stoch (POL) 272 (124m + 130)
World Cup standings (after 10 of 28 events)
1. Kamil Stoch (POL) 430 pts, 2. Anders Bardal (NOR) 391, 3. Gregor Schlierenzauer (AUT) 381, 4. Simon Ammann (SUI) 344, 5. Severin Freund (GER) 293