Taku Takeuchi, Yuki Ito, Sara Takanashi, Daiki Ito (JPN) (l-r)
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Gregor Schlierenzauer, Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, Thomas Morgenstern (AUT) (l-r)
Rune Velta, Anette Sagen, Maren Lundby, Anders Bardal (NOR) (l-r)
JAPAN WINS MIXED EVENT IN LILLEHAMMER
The Austrian Fischer team Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, Thomas Morgenstern, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Gregor Schlierenzauer (all AUT, Fischer) seemed to be the safe winner of skijumper's mixed event after the first round. But in the end team Japan with Yuki Ito (JPN, Fischer), Daiki Ito (JPN, Fischer), Sara Takanashi (JPN) and Taku Takeuchi (JPN, Fischer) succeeded.
Austrians gambled a thought to be safe victory
Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, Thomas Morgenstern, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Gregor Schlierenzauer seemed to be undefeatable first in mixed event at skijumping World Cup in Lillehammer. After the first round the team was more than 25 points ahead of their first chasers from Japan. With not her best jump in the final round Seifriedsberger opened the door for the Japanese and Iraschko lost metres towards Takanashi, too. So team Japan surprisingly was in the lead before the last group, the duel Schlierenzauer/Takeuchi decided the competition: Schlierenzauer lost the chance for the victory with only 85 metres, but Takeuchi had to keep his nerves after another wind break. After this Taku Takeuchi reached 100.5 metres which meant an outstanding victory with a 40.2 points advantage for the reigning World Champions. "My jumps today were not bad, but not really good either. But of course I'm very satisfied with the win and now I'm looking forward to next competition tomorrow.", Daiki Ito stated. Third went to team Norway consisting of Maren Lundby, Rune Velta, Anette Sagen and Anders Bardal (all NOR, Fischer), 14.4 points behind Austria, followed by team Germany with Katharina Althaus (GER), Karl Geiger, Carina Vogt and Marinus Kraus (all GER, Fischer).