The season of the ladies' Continental Cup starts this weekend with two competitions in Notodden (NOR). In the first event of Friday evening, Germany's Selina Freitag took her first ever win in the COC.
The younger sister of Richard Freitag showed jumps of 88.5 m and 87.5 m on the HS 98 hill and with the season opener with 215.0 points. Until today, the eight place in Planica in January was the best result of the only 17-year-old. "I'm very excited because this is my first time to win a COC. I'm satisfied with my jumps, but I also think I will do even better tomorrow", said Selina Freitag.
The second place went to Elisabeth Raudaschl, who also had two consistently strong jumps with 87 m and 88 m and scored 210.5 points. "I am really happy with my jumps here in Notodden and it is pretty cool that I made it on the podium", told the Austrian.
Guylim Park of South Korea was third with 87.5 m and 88 m and a total of 205.0 points. "I am happy with the 3rd place here in Notodden and I will continue training hard to become a better athlete."
Like Selina Freitag, Elisabeth Raudaschl and Guylim Park also achieved their first podium finishes in the Continental Cup.
Claudia Purker of Austria was fourth, followed by the only 15-year-old German Alina Ihle, who was fifth and among the very best in her first appearance in the COC.
Jenny Rautionaho of Finland was sixth, Julia Huber in seventh and Katharina Ellmauer, Vanessa Moharitsch and Sophie Mair, who came in on the places nine to eleven, completed the strong team result of the Austrians. With Alina Borodina in eighth, Russia was also represented in the Top 10 today.
Local hero Karoline Roestad, who was in the lead after the first round ahead of Freitag and Raudaschl with an 88 m jump, would have finished third, but she was disqualified in the second round because her suit was not compliant to the rules.
The second competition in Notodden starts on Saturday at 11:45 am CET.