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Ski Jumping at the 2014 Sochi Winter Games:

Women's Normal Hill, Individual

Ski Jumping at the 2014 Winter Games:

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Host City: Sochi, Russia
Venue(s): RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, Esto-Sadok
Date Started: February 11, 2014
Date Finished: February 11, 2014
Format: Two jumps, with both scored on distance and form.

Gold: GER Carina Vogt
Silver: AUT Daniela Iraschko-Stolz
Bronze: FRA Coline Mattel

Summary

Women’s ski-jumping finally found its place on the Olympic program, albeit with just one event on the normal hill. Japan’s [Sara Takanashi] was considered the favorite, but after the first round she was only ranked third with a jump of 100.0 m. The surprise leader was German Carina Vogt with the longest jump of 103.0 m followed by France’s Coline Mattel. Even though she was second in the season's World Cup standings, the 22-year-old German had never won a World Cup event, but nine podiums indicated her ability.

Going in reverse order, Austrian Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, who was fifth after the first round with a jump of 98.5 m, landed a wind-assisted jump of 104.5 m, the longest of the competition, taking the lead with just four jumpers remaining. The next jumper – Italian Evelyn Insam – failed to surpass her score as did Takanashi, who missed the podium. Her second jump of 98.5 m left her in fourth place, after 19 consecutive World Cup podiums prior to the Games and 10 wins in 13 events this season.

Mattel, ranked second after the first round, managed only 97.5 m, but her style points gave her a combined score of 245.2 points to win the bronze medal. Carina Vogt, jumping last, could only equal Mattel’s distance, but her combined score of 247.4 was just enough to win the gold medal and to become the first ever women’s Olympic champion in ski jumping. Although Vogt’s second jump was 7.0 m short of the Austrian’s, superior style marks, her telemark landing and wind compensation points gave her the victory, beating Iraschko-Stolz by 1.2 points, with bronze medalist Mattel only point further back.

Besides a disappointed Takanashi, reigning American world champion Sarah Hendrickson also fell far short of her best performance finishing only 21st after returning from a knee injury.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal PTS
1 Carina Vogt 22 Germany GER Gold 247.4
2 Daniela Iraschko-Stolz 30 Austria AUT Silver 246.2
3 Coline Mattel 18 France FRA Bronze 245.2
4 Sara Takanashi 17 Japan JPN 243.0
5 Evelyn Insam 19 Italy ITA 242.2
6 Maja Vtič 26 Slovenia SLO 241.9
7 Yuki Ito 19 Japan JPN 241.8
8 Maren Lundby 19 Norway NOR 235.5
9 Line Jahr 30 Norway NOR 234.6
10 Jessica Jerome 26 United States USA 234.1
11 Katja Požun 19 Slovenia SLO 233.6
12 Atsuko Tanaka 22 Canada CAN 231.3
13 Taylor Henrich 18 Canada CAN 230.4
14 Helena Smeby 30 Norway NOR 228.3
15 Lindsey Van 29 United States USA 227.2
16 Irina Avvakumova 22 Russia RUS 222.2
17 Julia Kykkänen 19 Finland FIN 221.5
18 Bigna Windmüller 22 Switzerland SUI 220.7
19 Julia Clair 19 France FRA 218.5
20 Léa Lemare 17 France FRA 218.1
21 Sarah Hendrickson 19 United States USA 217.6
22 Ulrike Gräßler 26 Germany GER 214.9
23 Katharina Althaus 17 Germany GER 211.8
24 Gyda Enger 21 Norway NOR 209.7
25 Chiara Hölzl 16 Austria AUT 207.1
26 Špela Rogelj 19 Slovenia SLO 199.6
27 Eva Logar 22 Slovenia SLO 199.1
28 Gianina Ernst 15 Germany GER 192.7
29 Elena Runggaldier 23 Italy ITA 179.6
30 Yurina Yamada 17 Japan JPN 115.7