VIKERSUND, Norway (Dec. 12) – Defending World Champion, Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) continued to be the picture of consistency with her jumping, taking third in a Continental Cup ski jumping event in the second day of a two-day competition in Vikersund.
Austrian jumper Daniela Iraschko kept her hot streak alive, winning the competition with jumps of 118.9 and huge leap of 122.0 on her second ride for her third straight victory. Coline Mattel of France was second.
Van, who has her eyes on defending her world crown in February at the Nordic Worlds in Oslo, had jumps of 112.0 and 115.0. She was immediately followed by Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) who continues to jump well in fourth place. Hendrickson had a pair of jumps of 111.5 and 107.5 meters.
“That was a great competition. We really try to earn our spots in these days,” said Van. “Vikersund has just a great hill, it is one of my favorites.”
While Iraschko moved ahead of the USA’s Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) for the Continental Cup lead over the weekend, the Americans are packed in the standings. Jerome leaves Vikersund second in the standings and Van third. Hendrickson moved up into the fourth spot with a strong weekend.
The tour now heads to Notodden, Norway for a pair of competitions Friday and Saturday before the holiday break. Van brings a good track record into the event, with four career podiums in the remote Norwegian town southwest of Oslo.
December 12, 2010
Women’s HS 117m
1. Daniela Iraschko, Austria, (118.0, 122.0) 286.0
2. Coline Mattel, France, (113.0, 115.0) 265.4
3. Lindsey Van, Park City, UT (112.0, 113.5) 259.9
4. Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT (111.5, 107.5) 246.7
5. Melanie Faisst, Germany, (112.0, 108.0) 242.5
6. Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (106.5, 108.5) 237.0
13. Alissa Johnson, Park City, UT (103.5, 105.0) 221.3
21. Abby Hughes, Park City, UT (100.5, 98.5) 201.2
30. Nita Englund, Florence, WI (101.0, 91.0) 180.6
38. Nina Lussi, Lake Placid, NY, (85.5) 76.5
39. Avery Ardovino, Park City, UT (86.0) 72.8
40. Karin Friberg, Roseville, MN (87.5) 72.5
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Ben Theyerl was born into a family now three-generations into nordic ski racing in the US. He grew up skiing for Chippewa Valley Nordic in his native Eau Claire, Wisconsin, before spending four years racing for Colby College in Maine. He currently mixes writing and skiing while based out of Crested Butte, CO, where he coaches the best group of high schoolers one could hope to find.