The ski jumpers of Germany (Juliane Seyfarth, Ramona Straub, Carina Vogt, Katharina Althaus) won the first-ever ladies' team competition at Nordic World Ski Championships. In Seefeld, the team of head coach Andreas Bauer scored 898.9 points and came in ahead of Austria (Eva Pinkelnig, Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, Chiara Hoelzl, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz; 880.3 points) and Norway (Anna Odine Stroem, Ingebjoerg Saglien Braaten, Silje Opseth, Maren Lundby; 876.9 points).
With the German team, the favorite came out on top today, the win of the German ladies was never in jeopardy during the course of this exciting competition. Germany, the clear leader in the Nations Cup, also had already won the two team competitions in the World Cup this season. Surprisingly, Ramona Straub showed the best performance of her team. Straub would have even won today if it would have been an individual competition. "I had a good feeling right from the start on this hill, I have no idea why. Somehow I knew that it'll go well today. Even bad jumps were good", Straub said and added that "team events are the most fun, but at the same time I hate them because I'm so nervous and it's so extremely exciting." With her performance today, Straub is now also among the contenders for a top result in Wednesday's individual event.
For the second-placed Austrian team, Chiara Hoelzl explained: " I really can't describe my feelings right now. It's amazing that the four of us made it. We achieved everything we wanted today."
The Norwegians were equally enthusiastic about winning the bronze medal. "I'm lost for words right now. We are standing here and won a medal as a team. I'm impressed by today's performances of everyone on our team", said Silje Opseth.
The first World Champion in ladies' Ski Jumping was crowned in Liberec (CZE) 2009, now, ten years later the ladies set yet another milestone with the team competition in Seefeld. Ladies' team competitions have been part of the FIS World Cup calendar since the 2017/18 season.
The ladies of Germany, Austria, and Norway showed impressive performances and made sure that ladies' Ski Jumping will gain more recognition also as a team sport.
The individual competition will be held tomorrow at 4 pm CET, the qualification for this event starts at 3 pm CET.