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Van leads U.S. jumping team in Czech Republic


Lindsey Van led the U.S. Ski Jumping Team in a Continental Cup competition Friday, finishing sixth in Liberec, Czech Republic, on the hill where in three months she will once again compete in the first women's World Championship ski jumping event.
    "I had one pretty good jump, so it was close," Van said. "The good jump was like my last jump in Germany. It's like I finally figured [the jump] out. I felt like it was the second jump of the competition and I just had to do what I needed to do and hoped for the best."
    The competition, which was won by Ulrike Graessler of Germany, was the women's first taste of competition on the Czech hills, which are, according to Van, very unique.

LINDSEY VAN led the U.S. Ski Jumping Team in a Continental Cup competition Friday, finishing sixth in Liberec, Czech Republic, on the hill where in three months she will once again compete in the first women's World Championship ski jumping event.
    "I had one pretty good jump, so it was close," Van said. "The good jump was like my last jump in Germany. It's like I finally figured [the jump] out. I felt like it was the second jump of the competition and I just had to do what I needed to do and hoped for the best."
    The competition, which was won by Ulrike Graessler of Germany, was the women's first taste of competition on the Czech hills, which are, according to Van, very unique.
    "It's a very unique hill so it takes a bit to figure it out. It has a really long and flat in-run and the takeoff is really short. Then you're only a foot and a half over the knoll and you're on the ground. So it's a really low flying hill," Van said. "You could pretty much land at any second. You really have to try and jump far."
    Allissa Johnson was next up for the U.S. women in 12th, Jessica Jerome was 17th, Abby Hughes was 20th and Avery Ardovino was 24th.
    According to Van, the competition was incredibly close, but surprisingly unaffected by high winds.
    "The field is pretty strong and it was really close today. It makes things really reliant on style as well," Van said. "Also, I thought this was going to be the place with the craziest wind, but when we had the competition, it was the most fair competition we've had."
    Germany's Magdalena Schnurr took second place in the competition and Izumi Yamada of Japan was third. The two sit in the top three with Graessler who leads the Continental Cup overall standings. Alissa Johnson is the highest ranked American in seventh. The women compete again on Saturday in the Czech Republic and will return Feb. 20 to compete in the inaugural women's ski jumping World Championship event.
    "I'm just trying to carry over my good jump today and do it tomorrow," Van said. "Hopefully I can have two good jumps."

Rank Bib FIS Code Name Year Nation Jump 1 Jump 2 Points
 1  43  4767 GRAESSLER Ulrike  1987  GER   94.5  96.5  247.5
 2  41  4536 YAMADA Izumi  1978  JPN   94.0  95.0  247.0
 3  42  5171 SCHNURR Magdalena  1992  GER   93.0  95.0  244.0
 4  28  1921 RUNGGALDIER Elena  1990  ITA   92.0  93.0  237.0
 5  40  4890 SAGEN Anette  1985  NOR   92.0  93.0  236.5
 6  30  4637 VAN Lindsey-M  1984  USA   89.0  95.0  235.5
 7  33  4538 WATASE Ayumi  1984  JPN   91.0  92.0  234.5
 8  35  4929 VTIC Maja  1988  SLO   91.0  93.5  234.0
 9  31  5312 DE LEEUW Nata  1991  CAN   90.0 ign="right"> 91.0  229.5
 10  38  1908 MOHR Jenna  1987  GER   90.0  90.0  225.5
 10  36  4893 JAHR Line  1984  NOR   88.0  91.0  225.5
 12  39  1909 SEIFRIEDSBERGER Jacqueline  1991  AUT   89.0  89.0  223.5
 12  37  4883 JOHNSON Alissa  1987  USA   90.0  89.5  223.5
 14  27  5453 SCHUEPBACH Malika  1993  SUI   90.0  90.5  220.0
 15  26  5387 WINDMUELLER Sabrina  1987  SUI   88.0  87.5  216.5
 16  13  4541 KANAI Rieko  1981  JPN   85.0  91.0  212.5
 17  34  4632 JEROME Jessica  1987  USA   88.0  86.0  212.0
 17  24  1952 SEYFARTH Juliane  1990  GER   86.5  87.0  212.0
 19  32  5386 WINDMUELLER Bigna  1991  SUI   86.5  85.0  209.0
 20  21  2682 HUGHES Abby  1989  USA   87.5  86.0  207.0
 21  11  5498 MATTEL Coline  1995  FRA   84.0  87.0  204.5
 22  23  1926 TANAKA Atsuko  1992  CAN   85.0  82.5  197.5
 23  18  5452 FUCHS Salome  1993  SUI   82.5  84.0  197.0
 24  29  4917 ARDOVINO Avery  1992  USA   80.5  85.0  186.5
 25  25  5754 ITOH Yuuki  1993  JPN   81.5  80.0  184.5
 26  3  5483 DOLEZELOVA Michaela  1994  CZE   78.0  81.5  175.5
 27  15  5428 ENGER Gyda  1994  NOR   78.0  80.5  174.0
 28  1  1916 TEPES Anja  1991  SLO   77.5  75.0  161.5
 29  5  1914 PUSTKOVA Vladena  1992  CZE   78.5  72.0  157.5
 30  14  5401 SPRAKEHAUG Silje  1991  NOR   80.5  62.0  127.5
 31  19  5388 INSAM Evelyn  1994  ITA   75.5    80.5
 32  8  5389 SENONER Simona  1993  ITA   75.0    77.5
 33  6  1919 STUFFER Barbara  1989  ITA   74.5    77.0
 34  20  4677 WILLIS Katie  1991  CAN   73.5    76.5
 35  12  5005 POGRAJC Manja  1994  SLO   73.5    71.5
 36  10  5930 LUNDBY Maren  1994  NOR   71.5    70.5
 37  17  1911 HAEFELE Anna  1989  GER   71.5    70.0
 38  16  5649 ESPIAU Caroline  1992  FRA   69.0    65.0
 39  22  5015 VUIK Wendy  1988  NED   68.5    64.0
 40  9  5473 THOMAE Lara  1993  NED   68.0    60.5
 41  7  5763 ZOTOVA Maria  "i0" align="center">1984  RUS   61.0    44.0
 42  2  5707 MIKOVA Lucie  1994  CZE   54.0    28.5
 43  4  6054 DEJMKOVA Natalie  1996  CZE   49.0    17.5

 

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