Alexandra Pretorius won the Grand Prix in Courchevel ahead of Daniela Iraschko and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger.
Surprising winner of today’s Grand Prix in Courchevel came Alexandra Pretorius! Who? Alexandra Pretorius – a 16 year old Canadian who hardly ever appeared in international competitions before. She attended the FIS cups in Villach last month where she came second and third. Just about two weeks ago she participated as a guest at the U.S. National Championships and totally outperformed all American athletes there. Already in the official training yesterday she did a very far jump. Today she showed that this wasn’t by coincident and won this first individual Summer Grand Prix competition in history with a pair of jumps on 92.5 and 96.5 meters.
Second behind her came Daniela Iraschko. Already after the first round the World Champion from Austria was decently behind Pretorius with a jump of 91.5 meters. In the second round she even set a new hill record by jumping 100.5 meters. But as she got only low style points for it by the judges she was finally 1.2 points behind Pretorius.
With Jacqueline Seifriedsberger another Austrian took the third rank. After jumping 88.5 meters in the first round she was only seventh at half-time, but with a nice 96.0 meter jump she improved to this position then.
Jessica Jerome from America took the fourth rank (89.0 and 88.5 m) ahead of France’s Coline Mattel (91.0 and 86.5 m), who was still second after the first round. Germany’s Carina Vogt, who only watched yesterday’s mixed team competition, came on sixth with jumps of 90.5 and 87.0 meters. The Summer Grand Prix continues on Friday in Hinterzarten.