Sara Takanashi on top again
Sara Takanashi won the first World Cup competition in Hinzenbach (AUT) with jumps on 87 m and 90 m. With 231.7 points the Japanese came in ahead of Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who finished second in her home event. With jumps on 82 m and 90.5 m she was 4.8 points behind the winner.
The third place went to Slovenia's Maja Vtic with 88.5 m and 85 m and 223.5 points. For her this was the first podium result in the World Cup. Four days before her 26th birthday, Vtic was in the lead after the first round.
Vogt closely missed the podium
Carina Vogt missed the podium by 6.3 points, with 81.5 m and 86.5 m she was the best German. Yuki Ito, newly crowned Junior World Champion with the team, was fifth with 213.8 points, only 1.1 points ahead of Ramona Straub, who achieved her second-best result this season in sixth. One week before the Olympic Games in her home country, Irina Avvakumova was seveventh, Finland's Julia Kykkaenen achieved yet another good result in eighth. Eva Logar and Ursa Bogataj of Slovenia completed the Top 10.
Shortly before the season's highlight, Ulrike Graessler also proved her good shape in eleventh, Spela Rogelj was 12th. Chiara Hoelzl of Austria came in on a career best 13th place, Evelyn Insam was the best Italian in 14th. Russian Anastasiya Gladysheva achieved the best result of her career in 15th. With Kaori Iwabuchi (16th), Misaki Shigeno (22nd) and Ayumi Watase (27th) five Japanese qualified for the final round.
Slovenia, Japan and Germany with strong teams
Only the teams of Slovenia and Germany did even better today and had sixth athletes among the best 30. Magdalena Palasz was the first Polish jumper to score World Cup points in 28th, Katharina Keil qualified for the final round for the first time in two years. Dana Vassilica Haralambie scored another World Cup point for Romania in 30th.
Coline Mattel of France and Norwegian Maren Lundby, who won Silver and Bronze behind Sara Takanashi in Val di Fiemme, were not competing in Hinzenbach.
The second competition in Hinzenbach will follow on Sunday at 2:15 pm CET.
Statements about the competition
Sara Takanashi (JPN):
"The wind was changing a lot, as you could see. But I did my best and at the end I could win. This success gives me self-confidence for the Olympic Games."
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT):
"First I want to thank the organizers in Hinzenbach because the hill was so well prepared although there was no snow in the region. The wind conditions were not easy, but the jury did a good job. Of course you always need some luck under these conditions. I had two good jumps, even if they were not perfect. Tomorrow is a new day and I hope I can challenge Sara again. I love to jump in Austria."
Maja Vtic (SLO):
"I'm very happy about my third place, it's my first podium finish. The conditions were difficult, but at the end this was good for me. It's a good sign for Sochi. I was very consistent during the season, that's why I'm confident."