Daniela Iraschko-Stolz succeeds on large hill

Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT, Fischer) is the winner of the first ski jumping event in Sapporo (JPN). Maren Lundby (NOR, Fischer) finished third.

In the ski jumping on the large hill in Sapporo the ladies were faced with some problems. On the one hand, many athletes are overstrained with the very large hill, as they usually jumped on smaller hills. In addition, there was a slight snowfall and gusty headwind, which mixed the result up and create a large variation. Athletes like Maren Lundby, who dominated yesterday's qualification with a huge jump on 134 meters, caught the worst wind of all in the first round and was the only jumper to have a tailwind so she finished seventh with just 105 meters. In the second half of the final round the wind eased a bit, but the Norwegian benefited this time from the best headwind among the top15. With 135 meters she made it onto the podium and improved her own hill record again. "The conditions were changing during my jump in the first round, fortunately I had a really good jump in the second round. I'm happy to be back on the podium and I'm on the right track. I'm looking forward to tomorrow because I'm in a good shape", she said.

However, the victory went to Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who seemed to have a duel with Juliane Seyfarth (GER) after the first round with some points ahead of the others - but in the final Maren Lundby came very close to the duo. With 127 and 121.5 meters, the Austrian was able to stay 0,5 points ahead of the German. "I'm very satisfied with my result today, it's my first victory this season. I love this hill, it's fun to fly here and if there's headwind you can jump really far", she said. Fourth went to Katharina Althaus (GER, Fischer). Carina Vogt (GER, Fischer) took eighth place ahead of Anna Odine Strøm (NOR, Fischer) and Chiara Hölzl (AUT, Fischer).

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