Second ladies' training: Takanashi vs. Iraschko-Stolz
The duel of Sara Takanashi (JPN) and Daniela Iraschko-Stolz continued in the second official training of the ladies on Sunday in Sochi. These two are the world's best female ski jumpers right now and they are the ones to beat to win Gold in ladies' ski jumping on Tuesday.
Austrian Iraschko-Stolz had a slight advantage on Sunday. With 100.5 m and 99 m she had the best jumps in the first two training rounds and this gave her enough confidence to skip the third round of this training session.
Sara Takanashi then showed the best jump in the third round. The dominating athlete of this World Cup season jumped on 99 m. In the first two rounds Takanashi showed jumps on 98.5 m and 98 m. Germany's Carina Vogt is also jumping well on the HS 106 in the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center. With strong jumps on 97.5 m and 99.5 m Vogt confirmed her currently great shape and underlined her ambition to win an Olympic medal.
Also French Coline Mattel and Japanese Yuki Ito are among the contenders for the top spots on Tuesday. Both showed convincing performances in training.
At 9:30 pm local time (6:30 pm CET) on Monday there will be another training for the ladies, the competition then follows on Tuesday at 9:30 pm local time (6:30 pm CET).
Statements about the second training
Sarah Hendrickson (USA): "My coach and I decided that I will start from a lower gate. I still have pain in my knee. There's no need to jump too far, I don't want to sacrifice anything. It's hard to say if I can win a medal. I just want to focus on myself and my technique. My boyfriend designed my helmet. I told him I wanted the stars and stripes on it because I'm proud of representing my country."
Yuki Ito (JPN): "Today the feeling was much better than yesterday. I watched the previous Olympics on TV, so I'm very happy to be here now."
Sara Takanashi (JPN): "I would like to have more time to adjust to the hill because there are no hills like this in Japan. I'm not really happy with my three jumps. For me it would not be a failure to not win Gold, but it's my aim."
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT): "I'm more consistent with my jumps, but I also have a little problem at the take-off. I love this hill, it's one of the best ever. I'm here as an athlete, but I always say that I'm together with my woman. I don't have any problems. I don't think it's a good idea to protest here, no one cares. To jump pretty good is also a statement."