Lillehammer: Two CoC victories for Ema Klinec


Ema Klinec won both Continental Cups in Lillehammer and so also the overall Summer CoC. Comeback of Helena Olsson Smeby.

Next to the Grand Prix competitions in Nizhny Taghil also two Continental Cups were held this weekend in Lillehammer. 19 jumpers from the United States, Canada, Slovenia, Germany, Finland and the hosting nation Norway competed there. For the entire Norwegian team these competitions were the first ones of this summer and it its very nice to note, that a handful of debutantes had the chance to compete there.

Winner on both days came Slovenia’s Ema Klinec. She won the competition on Saturday with jumps of 102.5 and 99.5 meters. Second ranked Jessica Jerome of America, who jumped 93.0 meters twice, was 30 points behind of her. Line Jahr from Norway came third with jumps of 89.0 and 93.0 meters.

Fourth that day came Helena Olsson Smeby with jumps of 90.0 and 97.0 meters. The 29 year old Olsson Smeby was one of the pioneering jumpers, that attended the first Ladies Ski Jumping competition ever in 1998 ins St. Moritz. After quitting her career in 2005 she made a comeback in 2008 – and since jumped for Norway instead of her native country Sweden. In 2009 she stopped jumping again and now starts her second comeback. The fifth place on Saturday was taken by Norway’s Maren Lundby (87.5 and 92.5 m), sixth came Barbara Klinec from Slovenia with jumps of 87.0 and 93.0 meters.

In the competition on Sunday Klinec jumped 91.0 and 90.0 meters to take victory. Second came Jahr by jumping of 83.5 meters twice. Jerome came third with jumps of 83.0 and 85.0 meters. The fourth place was taken by Lundby who jumped 74.5 and 84.5 meters. Fifth that day came Olsson Smeby with jumps of 77.5 and 81.5 meters. Sixt place was taken by Germany’s Gianina Ernst who jumped 76.5 and 80.5 meters.

These were the only two Continental Cups of this Summer, as the competitions that were planned to be held in Gerardmer in August had to be cancelled. This means, that Klinec won the overall Continental Cup of this summer. The second place in this ranking is shared by Jerome and Lahr.