Posted 08. August 2007 by Editor
Ladies' jumping season will start Sunday
The latest competitions in the FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup took place on 4th-5th August in Oberstdorf (GER). 77 jumpers from 17 different nations participated as some were fighting for a ticket to the FIS Grand Prix Ski Jumping in Hinterzarten (GER).
In Saturday’s evening competition, the local hero Geog Späth who lives only meters from the hill showed his prowess and won clearly ahead of Bastian Kaltenböck (AUT). Kaltenböck lost the connection cord between the shoes and the binding during his second jump and couldn’t challenge Späth for the victory. On Sunday, Kaltenböck prevailed before Georg Späth and 17-year-old Shohhei Tochimoto from Japan. After five events, Kaltenböck leads the COC standings with 340 points ahead of Primoz Pikl (SLO, 280 points) and Keita Umezaki (JPN, 219 points). Please click here for complete current standings.
The ladies’ FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup series, in existence since the 2004/2005 season, will start in Bischofsgrün (GER) on 12th August. The summer part of the series includes a total of eight competitions in Germany, Austria and the USA. Over 60 ladies from approximately 13 nations are expected to compete in the first events in Central Europe. Among them, the three-time FIS Continental Cup winner Annette Sagen from Norway and many newcomers.
With a view to the first-ever ladies’ FIS World Championships in Ski Jumping in Liberec in 2009, the National Ski Associations, especially in Europe, have been able to register a significant increase in the number of female ski jumpers. Tommi Nikunen, Finnish National Coach commented: “We have noticed a general increase in the number of active ski jumpers recently. Although we do not yet have much experience, the inclusion of female jumpers seems to be helping our sport, in terms of numbers but also as a general boost of new energy.” Click here to see the calendar for the ladies’ FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping.