Women's Ski-jump­ing World Cup 2017/18

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Jenn Jack­son

Dec. 1-3, 2017 – Lille­ham­mer, Nor­way

Lille­ham­mer, Nor­way once again played host to the open­ing round of the Women’s Ski Jump­ing World Cup – this year as a three­stage mini-tour.

On Day One, Nor­way’s Maren Lundby de­liv­ered a de­ci­sive sec­ond jump to take her first win of the sea­son in front of the home crowd, ahead of Ger­many’s Katha­rina Althaus and Ca­rina Vogt. Althaus gained mo­men­tum through the week­end, edg­ing Lundby on Day Two, and set­ting a new 140-me­tre Hill Record on the fi­nal day with a jump of 139.5 me­tres. Ja­panese skiers Yuki Ito and Sara Takanashi took bronze on the sec­ond and third days re­spec­tively.

Nita Englund was the top Amer­i­can ath­lete, ad­vanc­ing through the Qual­i­fi­ca­tion Round to place 30th in the first World Cup of the sea­son. Her team­mates, Abby Ringquist, Nina Lussi and Cana­di­ans Ni­cole Mau­rer and Abi­gail Strate, were among the top 30 – just out­side of qual­i­fy­ing.

Dec. 16-17, 2017 – Hin­terzarten, Ger­many

In the first Team event of the sea­son in Hin­terzarten, Ger­many, the Amer­i­can squad com­prised of Lussi, Ringquist, Englund and Sarah Hen­drick­son took eighth and points to­wards the over­all Na­tions Cup. Ja­pan dom­i­nated the Team event with a to­tal of 956 points, outscor­ing Rus­sia and France by 97.7 and 109.6 points re­spec­tively.

The In­di­vid­ual com­pe­ti­tion would see Lundby re­turn to the top step of the podium, this af­ter her new Hill Record of 109 me­tres on the Hin­terzarten jump in the Team event. Althaus and Takanashi com­pleted the Indi- vid­ual podium. Af­ter two week­ends of jump­ing, Lundby and Althaus were in a dead heat for the over­all World Cup.

Jan. 6-7, 2018 – Ras­nov, Ro­ma­nia

Due to warm weather and a lack of snow, the Ro­ma­nian World Cup was resched­uled to early Fe­bru­ary.

Jan. 13-14 – Sap­poro, Ja­pan

In Sap­poro, Ja­pan, Lundby picked up right where she left off af­ter an ex­tended hol­i­day break; win­ning both com­pe­ti­tions to re-take the se­ries lead. Althaus and Takanashi would each score a sec­ond- and third-place fin­ish be­hind the Nor­we­gian.

Ringquist of the U.S.A. earned her best re­sult of the sea­son, jump­ing to 23rd af­ter sit­ting 18th fol­low­ing the first round. Cana­di­ans Tay­lor Hen­rich and Strate also picked up World Cup points, fin­ish­ing 29th and 30th re­spec­tively on Day One. Hen­rich would im­prove on her re­sult the fol­low­ing day with a 25th-place fin­ish, Strate was 30th again and Natalie Eil­ers earned a sea­son-best 28th.

Jan. 19-20, 2018 – Zao, Ja­pan

Af­ter a strong week­end in Sap­poro, the Cana­di­ans saw two more ath­letes with top30 fin­ishes – At­suko Tanaka in 29th and Natasha Bod­nar­chuk in 30th on the open­ing day in Zao, Ja­pan. Lundby would take an­other In­di­vid­ual win, mak­ing it five con­sec­u­tive vic­to­ries.

The North Amer­i­can ri­valry would see the mo­men­tum shift in favour of the U.S.A. in the team event, as the Amer­i­can women took sev­enth just ahead of the Canucks in eighth. Ja­pan won its sec­ond team com­pe­ti­tion, while Slove­nia and Rus­sia rounded out the podium.

Jan. 27-28, 2018 – Ljubno, Slove­nia

The 13th World Cup of the sea­son in Ljubno, Slove­nia saw a fa­mil­iar podium, topped by Lundby, ahead of Althaus and Takanashi. On Day Two, how­ever, it was a break­through per­for­mance from veteran Aus­trian skier Daniela Iraschko-stolz for her first World Cup win since the 2016 Slovenian World Cup. Lundby would still fin­ish sec­ond on a tight podium sep­a­rated by only 3.3, and was joined by Althaus in third.

Lundby of Nor­way, who has now won seven World Cups this sea­son and only falling to sec­ond place in the other three In­di­vid­ual events, leads the over­all by 300 points to Ger­many’s Althaus. The Na­tions Cup is still led by Ja­pan, fol­lowed closely by Ger­many.

Feb. 3-4, 2018 – Hinzen­bach, Aus­tria

The sev­enth round of the Women’s Ski Jump­ing World Cup in Hinzen­bach, Aus­tria was called off due to un­sea­son­ably warm weather, mak­ing it the sec­ond can­cel­la­tion this sea­son.

Nita Englund was the top Amer­i­can, plac­ing 30th at the first World Cup of the sea­son in Nor­way.

For­mer world cham­pion Sarah Hen­drick­son was on hand for the first Teamevent in Hin­terzarten, Ger­many, where the U.S.A. placed eighth.

The U.S.A.'S Abby Ringquist earned her best re­sult of the sea­son in Sap­poro, Ja­pan, jump­ing to 23rd af­ter sit­ting 18th fol­low­ing the first round.

Day One podium in Ljubno, Slove­nia (l-r) Katha­rina Althaus 2nd, Maren Lundby 1st, Sara Takanashi 3rd

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