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Graessler wins another jump; Hendrickson fourth


BISCHOFSGRUEN, Germany – Ulrike Graessler tallied another victory in the Continental Cup’s opening weekend of women’s ski jumping in Bischofsguen, amassing 237.8 points with jumps of 67 and 65.5 meters. The win had Graessler 10 points over Japan’s Ayumi Watase, who was second with 65 and 64 meter jumps and 11 points over third-place finisher Magdalena Schnurr of Germany. Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) again led the way for U.S. ski jumpers, finishing fourth on Sunday.

Hendrickson landed jumps of 62.0 and 65.5 to finish just off the podium for the second best result of her Continental Cup career. She won a Continental Cup during the 2009 season in Poland.BISCHOFSGRUEN, Germany – Ulrike Graessler tallied another victory in the Continental Cup’s opening weekend of women’s ski jumping in Bischofsguen, amassing 237.8 points with jumps of 67 and 65.5 meters. The win had Graessler 10 points over Japan’s Ayumi Watase, who was second with 65 and 64 meter jumps and 11 points over third-place finisher Magdalena Schnurr of Germany. Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) again led the way for U.S. ski jumpers, finishing fourth on Sunday.

Hendrickson landed jumps of 62.0 and 65.5 to finish just off the podium for the second best result of her Continental Cup career. She won a Continental Cup during the 2009 season in Poland.

On Saturday, Graessler took a 235.5-233.8 victory over Switzerland’s Bigna Windmueller with jumps of 68.0 and 65.0 meters. Hendrickson combined leaps of 60.0 and 59.5 to take 19th.

Graessler finished third in the 2009 Continental Cup. Many of the top jumpers, including 2009 series titlist Anette Sagen of Norway and America’s World Champion Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) did not compete.

According to Hendrickson, the new season has brought with it some new competitors.

“One really cool thing about these competitions is that we have over 60 girls, which is huge,” Hendrickson said. “There are about 20 new girls that I have never seen before. We also have Russian girls and one new Polish girl. It’s really nice to have some more competition!”

Continental Cup competition continues in Poehla, Germany on Wednesday, then Oberwiesenthal, Germany next weekend. The summer series wraps up Aug. 21-23 on the Olympic jumps in Lillehammer, Norway.

CONTINENTAL CUP SKI JUMPING
Women’s HS74-meter
Bischofsgruen, Germany
Aug. 9, 2009

1. Ulrike Graessler, Austria, 237.8
2. Ayumi Watase, Japan, 227.9
3. Magdalena Schnurr, Germany, 226.9
4. Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT, 224.3
5. Elena Runggaldier, Italy, 223.8
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32. Karin Friberg, Rosesville, MN, 90.0
36. Nita Englund, Florence, WI, 88.8
39. Nina Lussi, Lake Placid, NY, 87.6

CONTINENTAL CUP SKI JUMPING
Women’s HS74-meter
Bischofsgruen, Germany
Aug. 8, 2009

1. Ulrike Graessler, Germany, 235.5
2. Bigna Windmueller, Switzerland, 233.8
3. Caroline Espiau, France, 232.6
4. Ayumi Watase, Japan, 229.1
5. Melanie Faisst, Germany, 227.1
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19. Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT, 203.1
27. Nina Lussi, Lake Placid, NY, 189.0
31. Nita Englund, Florence, WI, 129.4
39. Karin Friberg, Rosesville, MN, 91.2

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