Jessica Jerome won in Rovaniemi ahead of Daniela Iraschko and Line Jahr.
America’s Jessica Jerome won the inaugural competition of this winter’s Continental Cup. On the Ounasvaaraa K90 hill in Rovaniemi, she came out on top by two jumps on 95.5 and 96.5 meters. It is the first victory in a CoC in her career. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko (93.0 and 95.0 m) took the second place. Line Jahr (NOR, 90.0 and 92.0 m) completed the podium.
Lindsey Van, who was best in yesterday’s official training and in today’s trial round, finally came fourth (90.0 and 90.5 m). After the first round she still was third, but was headed off by Jahr in the second. The fifth rank was shared by America’s Sarah Hendrickson (89.0 and 91.0m) and Italy’s Elena Runggaldier (90.0 and 89.0m), that were equal on points. With three jumpers among the top six, America clearly had the best team result today.
The German team was unable to participate in yesterday’s official training, as parts of their luggage got lost on the flight to Rovaniemi. Luckily their equipment arrived today in the last minute, during the trial round. So all were able to compete. Best German came Melanie Faisst on rank nine (88.0 and 90.0 m), Juliane Seyfarth was disqualified.
Quotes by today’s top three:
“I’m really happy about this victory, I was already a lot of times second and third, but never first… Today, I showed two consistent good jumps, I’m satisfied about.”
“The hill in Rovaniemi is not one of the hills I love. Last year, I got 11th place here, therefore I’m happy with second place. I improve from one jump to another, so let’s hope for tomorrow — but I’m already looking forward to the competitions in Norway.”
“It is always nice to do well in the first competition. You are more nervous than normally because you don’t know how good the others will be. Today, I was focused on myself, did a very nice second jump and I’m very happy aboput the outcome.”