Gold for Poland and Germany in Ski Jumping
German Carina Vogt is the first ever Olympic Champion in ladies' Ski Jumping in the dramatic debut of the discipline. She won the Olympic competition late Tuesday evening ahead of Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) and Coline Mattel (FRA). Top favourite Sara Takanashi (JPN) could not win a medal and landed in fourth place.
After a spectacular Olympic showing, Vogt was lost for words in the outrun and couldn't believe her luck: "I don't know what to say. This is unbelievable. I'm the first Olympic Champion in ladies' Ski Jumping. Three hours ago I wouldn't have thought this is possible", said Vogt.
The German was leading after the first round with the best jump of103 m. The 22-year-old, who hasn’t won a World Cup competition yet, kept her nerves calm and took the win with 97.5 m in the final jump scoring a total of 247.4 points.
On Sunday evening, reigning World Champion and FIS Athletes’ Commission member Kamil Stoch (POL) became the men’s Olympic Champion on the normal hill. He earned the clear victory in the first Ski Jumping competition at the Games ahead of Peter Prevc (SLO) and Anders Bardal (NOR). Stoch is the second Polish Olympic Gold medallist after Wojciech Fortuna in 1972 and the third-ever medallist in Ski Jumping from Poland at the Winter Games. “It was a fantastic feeling when my teammates carried me on their shoulders”, the newly crowned Olympic Champion said.