Nordic Worlds: Van claims historic ski jumping win


American ski jumper Lindsey Van became the first women’s ski jumping world champion today in Liberec, Czech Republic.

The Park City, Utah native was fourth after her first jump then landed a huge 97.5 meter second jump for the win. German Ulrike Graessler finished second followed by Norway’s Anette Sagen in third.

“This is for everyone. This is for all the women who have been pushing the sport over the last 10 years and all the women who really did well today. They deserve this too,” Van said. “It’s the high point of my career. It’s a relief to have it over. I am happy all my hard work over the years has paid off, especially in the last year.”

Americans Jessica Jerome (6th) and Alissa Johnson (20th) also grabbed top-20 results in the historic contest.

“I think this is great for the Team as well. I want to share this with them, too. Jessica did well, Alissa did well and it’s awesome for Sarah to be here competing. They deserve this, too,” Van said. “They deserve what our sport is headed toward. I’m glad I could do this for our Team and for our country. I thank everyone at home for all the support.”

Van’s achievement marks the first gold medal ever won by an American ski jumper – male or female. The last U.S. athlete to medal in ski jumping was Anders Haugen in 1924 when he took bronze in Chamonix.

“I am proud of this. It means a lot to me to be my sport’s first World Champion and have the first gold medal in ski jumping for our country,” Van said. “That’s something nobody has ever done and I did it.”

Got to UniversalSports.com for highlights from the Nordic World Championships.

American ski jumper Lindsey Van became the first women’s ski jumping world champion today in Liberec, Czech Republic.

The Park City, Utah native was fourth after her first jump then landed a huge 97.5 meter second jump for the win. German Ulrike Graessler finished second followed by Norway’s Anette Sagen in third.

“This is for everyone. This is for all the women who have been pushing the sport over the last 10 years and all the women who really did well today. They deserve this too,” Van said. “It’s the high point of my career. It’s a relief to have it over. I am happy all my hard work over the years has paid off, especially in the last year.”

Americans Jessica Jerome (6th) and Alissa Johnson (20th) also grabbed top-20 results in the historic contest.

“I think this is great for the Team as well. I want to share this with them, too. Jessica did well, Alissa did well and it’s awesome for Sarah to be here competing. They deserve this, too,” Van said. “They deserve what our sport is headed toward. I’m glad I could do this for our Team and for our country. I thank everyone at home for all the support.”

Van’s achievement marks the first gold medal ever won by an American ski jumper – male or female. The last U.S. athlete to medal in ski jumping was Anders Haugen in 1924 when he took bronze in Chamonix.

“I am proud of this. It means a lot to me to be my sport’s first World Champion and have the first gold medal in ski jumping for our country,” Van said. “That’s something nobody has ever done and I did it.”

Got to UniversalSports.com for highlights from the Nordic World Championships.


Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Jump 1 Jump 2 Points
 1  35  4637 VAN Lindsey  1984  USA   89.0  97.5  243.0
 2  34  4767 GRAESSLER Ulrike  1987  GER   93.5  93.0  239.0
 3  36  4890 SAGEN Anette  1985  NOR   93.5  94.0  238.5
 4  33  4130 IRASCHKO Daniela  1983  AUT   89.0  91.0  228.0
 5  18  5498 MATTEL Coline  1995  FRA   90.0  87.5  220.5
 6  23  4632 JEROME Jessica  1987  USA   80.5  91.0  207.0
 7  29  5171 SCHNURR Magdalena  1992  GER   89.0  81.5  205.0
 8  31  1911 HAEFELE Anna  1989  GER   88.5  82.5  204.5
 9  30  4893 JAHR Line  1984  NOR   88.0  81.5  201.0
 10  13  4538 WATASE Ayumi  1984  JPN   76.5  90.5  197.5
 11  32  5312 DE LEEUW Nata  1991  CAN   84.5  82.0  195.0
 12  27  1909 SEIFRIEDSBERGER Jacqueline  1991  AUT   76.0  83.0  178.5
 13  21  5388 INSAM Evelyn  1994  ITA   79.5  78.0  173.5
 14  22  5386 WINDMUELLER Bigna  1991  SUI   74.5  78.0  163.0
 15  26  1908 MOHR Jenna  1987  GER   73.5  79.0  161.5
 16  28  6173 SMEBY Helena Olsson  1983  NOR   65.0  87.0  160.0
 17  4  5754 ITOH Yuuki  1994  JPN   74.5  75.5  157.5
 18  24  1912 DEMETZ Lisa  1989  ITA   71.0  68.5  135.0
 19  9  4677 WILLIS Katie  1991  CAN   69.0  74.5  134.0
 20  25  4883 JOHNSON Alissa  1987  USA   75.0  63.5  131.0
 21  7  5236 TAKEDA Ayuka  1990  JPN   64.5  75.0  130.5
 22  1  5930 LUNDBY Maren  1994  NOR   73.5  59.5  119.5
 23  12  5015 VUIK Wendy  1988  NED   69.5  65.5  117.5
 24  17  5005 POGRAJC Manja  1994  SLO   75.0  59.5  115.5
 25  14  4536 YAMADA Izumi  1978  JPN   71.0  59.5  114.0
 26  5  5793 KYKKAENEN Julia  1994  FIN   59.5  72.0  113.0
 27  15  1913 LOGAR Eva  1991  SLO   69.0  61.5  112.5
 27  11  5483 DOLEZELOVA Michaela  1994  CZE   70.0  59.5  112.5
 29  20  5999 HENDRICKSON Sarah  1994  USA   60.5  69.5  110.5
 30  19  5855 ROGELJ Spela  1994  SLO   69.5  60.0  108.0
 31  3  5473 THOMAE Lara  1993  NED   65.5  61.5  100.0
 32  16  1921 RUNGGALDIER Elena  1990  ITA   61.5    44.0
 33  6  5649 ESPIAU Caroline  1992  FRA   59.0    42.5
 34  8  5853 KLINEC Barbara  1994  SLO   59.5    40.5
 35  2  1914 PUSTKOVA Vladena  1992  CZE   54.0    27.0
 36  10  1919 STUFFER Barbara  1989  ITA   52.0    22.5

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