Iraschko-Stolz beats Takanashi
Two weeks before the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz took her first win this season. In Planica, where the World Cup was moved from Ljubno, the Austrian won with jumps on 100 m and 102.5 m and 261.5 points clearly ahead of World Cup leader Sara Takanashi and Carina Vogt.
Slovenes closely miss the podium
The Japanese, who already won eight competitions this season, reached a total of 249.3 points with her jumps on 97 m and 98 m and came in 2.8 points ahead of Carina Vogt. The German achieved her seventh podium finish this season with 96 m and 99 m. Good results for the home team of Slovenia were achieved by Ursa Bogataj in fourth with 238.7 points and Eva Logar, who was sixth with 232.6 points, four points behind Japanese Yuki Ito (5th). Irina Avvakumova, third in the overall World Cup, who skipped the competitions in Zao recently, was seventh with 229.7 points, French Coline Mattel was eighth, only 0.2 points behind.
Norwegians in the Top 10
The Norwegians Maren Lundby and Helena Olsson Smeby completed the Top 10, followed by Slovenia's Katja Pozun and Maja Vtic in 11th and 12th. A close team performance was shown by the Germans Ulrike Graessler, Ramona Straub and Juliane Seyfarth in 15th, 16th and 19th. Manuela Malsiner was the best Italian in 22nd. Michaela Dolezelova, who will probably be the only Czech jumper in Sochi, came in 23rd. After the 18th place in Sapporo, Susanna Forsstroem of Finland, achieved her second best result this season in 24th. The two Russians Anastasiya Gladysheva and Daria Grushina came in 28th and 30th, a season best for them.
The second competition in Planica will take place on Sunday at 2:00 pm CET.
Statements about the competition
"I'm very happy because the last months were difficult for me due to my knee injury. In the last competitions my results were not so good. Now I was able to win here and this is very important for me and the team. I'm ready for Sochi!"
"I'm not satisfied with my jumps today. Tomorrow I will try to avoid the mistakes. The hill here in Planica looks like the one in Sochi. Both are very modern facilities."
"I'm satisfied and I'm also very happy about my consistent shape on all hills during this season. The hill here was very well prepared and we had fair conditions. My jumps were good, but I have to improve my landing for Sochi."
Interview with Rajko Pintar, president of the organizing committee Ljubno
Was it an easy decision to move the competition to Planica?
Rajko Pintar: "It was very difficult decision. We knew we have only ten days from the official decision to carry out the competition at a new venue. We are guests here just like the jumpers and officials and everything here is new for us. The facilities are under construction and we have some problems with that. I think everything will be okay for the competitions."
What about your decision to take care of the organization here with your own team?
Pintar: "We had two options. First was to go to Planica and the other was to cancel the competition. My rule is never cancel if it’s not totally necessary. We didn’t think about canceling the competition because I know every competition is very important. If the girls lose two competitions, that’s a high percentage. We knew it is a some kind of adventure to organize it with the whole crew but the show must go on."
How was your cooperation with Planica?
Pintar: "The cooperation with Planica was really good. I know this is also an adventure for Planica. I think this is the first international competition on the normal hill here and they will be hosting the final here in March. I think this is good for them too because they will see how things are working here, both good and bad. I think that the construction will be finished in March. We have had a very good cooperation with the OC Planica and Savot Planica and also a good cooperation with the national ski association. They have helped us in this situation."
Your city's mayor is also here in Planica to help preparing the hill?
Pintar: "Our city's mayor is a former ski jumper and he was also the vice president of our club for a few years. Now he has apartments in our sports center. Because of the snow fall on Friday he was also working hard to prepare the hill with the rest of the crew."