Iraschko-Stolz takes second win in Planica
With her second win at the World Cup in Planica, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz is now among the top favorites for the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. Like already on Saturday, the Austrian was followed by Sara Takanashi and Carina Vogt.
Iraschko-Stolz took her second with this season with jumps on 102.5 m and 101.5 m and 246.8 points. Takanashi came in three points behind with 101.5 m and 98.5 m. Carina Vogt was third with 100 m and 99 m and 241.3 points.
Four Slovenes in the Top 11
Yuki Ito was fourth missed the podium by 7.6 points with her jumps on 95.5 m and 97 m. Only 0.4 points behind Ito, Maja Vtic followed in fifth with 233.3 points. The Slovene posted jumps on 98.5 m and 96.5 m. Maren Lundby of Norway was sixth with 231.3 points and achieved her fourth Top 10 result in a row. Coline Mattel followed in seventh. The strong team performances of the Slovenes in their home event was completed by Ursa Bogataj (227.4 points), Katja Pozun (219.4 points) and Spela Rogelj (215.7 points) in eighth, ninth and eleventh. Julia Clair of France finished tenth and achieved her best result in two years.
Avvakumova not in top shape anymore
Irina Avvakumova seems to have lost her top shape shortly before the Olympic Games. The Russian, who was on the podium six times this season, came in 12th. Besides Carina Vogt, also her teammates Ramona Straub, Ulrike Graessler and Juliane Seyfarth showed consistent performances in 15th, 17th and 18th. Kaori Iwabuchi was 20th and scored World Cup points for the fourth time in a row. 16-year-old Austrian Elisabeth Raudaschl came in on a good 23rd place in her first appearance in the World Cup. Her teammate Sonja Schoitsch scored her first World Cup point this season in 30th. Canadian Jasmine Sepandj made her debut in the World Cup this weekend and was 27th.
Still a clear lead for Takanashi
Sara Takanashi is still clearly leading the overall World Cup ranking with 1020 points, ahead of Carina Vogt (666 points). Daniela Iraschko-Stolz moved up to third with 522 points, Irina Avvakumova (493 points) is now fourth. The final test event for the Olympics in Sochi takes place in Hinzenbach, Austria, next weekend.
Statements about the competition
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT):
"I like the hill and the inrun here, I was pretty fast. It's Planica, there are many spectators and the crowd is loud. I like that. I'm very motivated right now, of course also because of the two wins yesterday and today. This is really good for my self-confidence. The next competitions are the highlights of the season, first Hinzenbach and then Sochi. I have to train hard over the next two or three weeks because Sara is a great jumper and very hard to beat."
Sara Takanashi (JPN):
"I'm satisfied because I was able to improve some things that didn't work yesterday."
Carina Vogt (GER):
"I think I showed a great performance with two good jumps today. I'm happy and satisfied with the whole weekend. Compared to yesterday, my landings were already better today. I have to continue working on that and will try to show it in every jump."