Vtic celebrates home victory ahead of Takanashi
Maja Vtic celebrated the first home victory for Slovenia. The 26-years old stayed ahead of the high-class competition with two jumps to 91,0 metres, resulting in 267,7 points. She celebrated her first World Cup victory, followed by Sara Takanashi and her team mate Spela Rogelj. Vtic afterwards:” It´s an unbelievable feeling to win at home. I am still in shock a little bit. I tried to focus on my jumps and I am so happy about that now.”
Sara Takanashi, who won ten competitions in a row before, missed the first place with two jumps to 91,5 metres and 263,2 points. It´s only the second time this season, that Takanashi can not celebrate the victory. The Japanese explained:” My jumps in the training were not that good. That´s why I didn´t think I would be on the podium. But because of that, it´s a good result for me.”
Spela Rogelj completed a perfect team result at home for the Slovenian team. With her jumps to 87,5 and 90,0 metres, resulting in 258,7 points, she was satisfied with the fifth World Cup podium of her career so far. Rogelj afterwards: I feel really good to be on the podium at home. We are getting better and better as a team.“
The two Austrians Chiara Hölzl and Jaqueline Seifriedsberger missed the podium marginally. Hölzl had to give away a possible victory, because of her two unsuccessful landings. In the end she finished fourth and had to be satisfied with 91,0 and 92,5 metres and 256,3 points. Her team mate Seifriedsberger jumped to place five with 87,0 and 88,5 metres and 250,0 points, while she brought a shock moment to the audience. She lost balance after the landing and after the fall line, crashing into the outrun banner circle. But she did not seem to suffer any major injuries from this. Irina Avvakumova showed her strong shape with finishing in sixth place with 243,5 points. Followed by 1,2 points, Nita Englund could be happy about her seventh place and achieving another top result for the team of the USA. Katja Pozun finished with 238,8 points and place eigth and was the third Slovene in the top ten. Eva Pinkeling followed her by only two tenth as ninth. The best German was, once again, Juliane Seyfarth with 234,8 points and place ten. She stayed ahead of Japan´s Yuki Ito and team mate Anna Rupprecht in the places 11 and 12. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz missed the top ten for the first time this season, finishing 13th. Her chances of winning the the overall World Cup title are only realistic in terms of figures. It was a strong World Cup debut for the Slovene Nika Kriznar, who jumped to place 14. Julia Kykkänen from Finland finished in a successful 15th place. Maren Lundby finished 17th for team Norway. The best Italian was Elena Runggaldier who jumped to place 18 with the same points like Katharina Althaus. Olympic Champion Carina Vogt is still searching her best shape and finished in a disappointing 20th place. Julia Clair and Coline Mattel collected World Cup points for the French team with finishing 24th and 26th. The second individual competition in Ljubno startsSunday, on 2 pm (CET). Sara Takanashi will win the overall World Cup title before the upcoming competitions of Lathi, Almaty and Rasnov, in case she wins and Austria´s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz does not finish better than a ninth place tomorrow.