Slovenian sets new world record at ski flying premiere

Sports history was made in Norway’s Vikersund on Sunday. For the first time a women’s ski flying took place.

Victory at the premiere goes to the Slovenian Ema Klinec, who also set a new women’s world record with her jump of 226 meters in the first round.

With 223.5 meters in the final, Klinec secured the clear victory, 41 points ahead of the Norwegian Silje Opseth and the Japanese Yuki Ito. It is also the overall victory in the Raw Air for the Slovenian.

The two Austrians Eva Pinkelnig and Chiara Kreuzer do not crack the 200 mark. Pinkelnig is ninth with 168 and 191 m, the last jump is also her best ever. Chiara Kreuzer is eleventh with 159 and 149 meters.

Only the best 15 athletes of the Raw Air Tour were eligible to start at the ski flying premiere. However, the competition does not count towards the World Cup.

Satisfaction at Pinkelnig

Pinkelnig also looked back on the competition with satisfaction. “I’m the one who was least expected to do it. There are statements from (last) May that you can see the fear in my eyes on the large hill. Now I’m the one on our team who jumped the furthest You see what is possible with faith and trust and listen to the people who see the potential in you, “Pinkelnig calculated in the ORF interview a little with various prophecies of doom.

The competition was not that easy for her because she had to come off the beam twice after one minute each. “It’s unbelievable what our brains show us. Before the second round, it didn’t show me the nice flights, from a Stefan Kraft, for example, but various falls. It’s really cool that I then knock out one like that,” she said happily Vorarlbergerin, who also secured the overall World Cup for the first time.

Kreuzer would like to “preferably go up again soon”

Kreuzer also looked back on the competition with joy. “It was extremely cool, we all stuck together. I had a lot of fun. The main thing was that we made it this far and got the opportunity now. Each and every one of us certainly jumped,” said Kreuzer. That was also the goal. “Yesterday a few went into the first day with a queasy feeling.”

Kreuzer got a bit of the feeling of flying. “Now I understand why the men are so enthusiastic about it. You would like to go up there again right away.” She hopes that you won’t have to wait so long and that at least one competition will be counted for the World Cup in the coming season. “We 15 have shown that we can do it. Such a scattering is also possible with the men. We are ready for that to be included in the World Cup calendar for us.”

For the women jumpers it’s off to Lahti for the World Cup final next Friday.


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