Women's Ski-jumping World Cup 2017/18
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