New World Cup season underway


70 jumpers on the start list for the season opener in Lillehammer. Ema Klinec best in official training.

The 2012/13 World Cup season starts this weekend in Lillehammer. A mixed team event is held today, and the first individual competition of the season will be held tomorrow on the HS 100 normal hill there.

It is very nice to note, that not less than 70 athletes are on the start list for the individual competition. That’s a new record for the Ladies’ World Cup. Next to a large national group of the hosting nation Norway, for the first time ever two jumpers from Poland are on the list. So now all major winter sports nations are present in this World Cup series. A qualification to reduce the field from 70 to 50 athletes will be held tomorrow, right before of the competition.

An official training was held today, right ahead of the mixed team competition. Because of the close schedule, only one training round was held. The teams from Austria and Japan skipped this training, and so some top-athletes, such as Sara Takanashi or Jaci Seifriedsberger did not make a jump. Best in the training round came Slovenia’s Ema Klinec with a jump of 97.5 meters. Second behind her came Anette Sagen from Norway with a 97.0 meter jump. Her team-mate Maren Lundby took the third round rank by jumping 94.0 meters.

Places four, five and six in this training round were taken by the two Germans Carina Vogt (90.0 m) and Katharina Althaus (93.0 m) and by Evelyn Insam from Italy (89.0 m).