The season opener for the women’s Ski Jumping World Cup was the Lillehammer Triple, not simply three events in three days, but also a fairly rare opportunity for women to jump off of larger hills like the 140 m monster on Sunday.
There were three different winners: Germany’s Juliane Seyfarth on Friday (98 m), Russian Lidiia Iakovleva on Saturday (98 m) and Katharina Althaus (GER: 140 m) on Sunday. But the overall crown went to Althaus, who had a combined 750.4 points to 729.6 for Seyfarth and 715.1 for fellow German Ramona Straub, who won the Sunday silver.
Althaus won the Triple last season too, but with eventual World Cup winner Maren Lundby (NOR) second. Lundby started well, with silvers on Friday and Saturday, but she faded to 22nd on Sunday and finished sixth in the Triple standings. Summaries:
FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Lillehammer (NOR) ~ 30 November-2 December 2018
(Full results here)
Women’s 98 m Hill I: 1. Juliane Seyfarth (GER), 258.8; 2. Maren Lundby (NOR), 246.2; 3. Sara Takahashi (JPN), 240.2; 4. Katharina Althaus (GER), 234.2; 5. Carina Vogt (GER), 233.4.
Women’s 98 m Hill II: 1. Lidiia Iakovleva (RUS), 273.9; 2. Lundby (NOR), 269.0; 3. Ema Klinec (SLO), 265.9; 4. Althaus (GER), 262.2; 5. Seyfarth (GER), 256.8.
Women’s 140 m Hill: 1. Althaus (GER), 254.0; 2. Ramona Straub (GER), 242.0; 3. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT), 241.7; 4. Eva Pinkelnig (AUT), 224.1; 5. Alexandra Kustova (RUS), 220.7.