First win in the World Cup for Carina Vogt
Carina Vogt won the Ladies' World Cup in Zao (JPN). On a weekend with very difficult weather conditions, due to which jumping was not possible on Friday and Saturday, the Olympic Champion took her first win in the World Cup with a jump on 99 m and 117.7 points. Irina Avvakumova and Spela Rogelj were second and third, top favorite Sara Takanashi finished only seventh.
Vogt said afterwards: “I'm very happy, it's a great day. There were many spectators here in Zao and it's cool that I finally won my first World Cup. I also achieved my first podium result here. I think my jump was very good, maybe one of my best ever. I'm really looking forward to the competitions in Oberstdorf next week. It's one of my favorite hills and my family and friends will be there. It will be a nice weekend for me.”
Irina Avvakumova scored 114.5 points with her jump on 96.5 m and was on the podium in the World Cup for the first time since Sapporo last year. The Russian said: “I'm very happy that it went so well today. My jump was very good and it's nice to be on the podium.”
Spela Rogelj, who won the World Cup opener in Lillehammer, jumped on 89 m and 108.8 points. She still sees room for improvement: “I'm satisfied. I made a big mistake in my jump and that's why I'm very happy that I could still go that far. I'm looking forward to the next competitions.”
Pinkelnig closely misses podium
Eva Pinkelnig missed her first podium result in the World Cup by only 0.3 points, but she finished on a career-best fourth place with 93.5 m. Katharina Althaus was fifth with 89 m and 107.4 points, 0.7 points ahead of Maja Vtic, who jumped on 90.5 m. Sara Takanashi was not on the podium in a World Cup for the first time in two years. The overall World Cup winner was seventh with 89 m and 106.5 points.
Iraschko-Stolz also not among the best
0.5 points behind, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, silver medalist of the Olympic Games, clearly missed the podium in eighth with 87 m. Yuki Ito was ninth with 105.4 points, Jessica Jerome finished tenth (104.8 points). Behind Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, Ulrike Graessler achieved her best result this season in 12th, teammate Gianina Ernst was 15th, behind Eva Logar and Line Jahr. Evelyn Insam was 17th and scored some World Cup points for Italy, Finland's Julia Kykkaenen was 22nd despite a fall.
The next ladies' competitions will be held next weekend in Oberstdorf.