SKI JUMPING: Kobayashi wins Raw Air; Lundby clinches women’s World Cup title

Norway's ski jumping star Maren Lundby

The dream season for Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi continued in Norway as he won yet another in-season tournament to go along with his seasonal World Cup triumph.

This was the third Raw Air tournament, held over 10 jumps in Oslo, Lillehammer, Trondheim and the giant, 240 m ski-flying hill in Vikersund, including the qualifying and team competitions. Kobayashi won two jumps outright, and was second or third five more times to edge Austria’s Stefan Kraft by less then three points.

Slovenian star Domen Prevc won Sunday’s individual jumping at Vikersund, with Kobayashi second and Kraft third.

In this season, Kobayashi has won the World Cup, he swept the Four Hills, won the Willingen Five and now the Raw Air. The season will finish with one more tourney: the Planica 7, all off the 240 m sky-flying hill in Slovenia.

The women’s jumping schedule was busy, completing its first Raw Air competition in Trondheim, with Norway’s Maren Lundby winning the tournament title and then wrapping up the seasonal World Cup title for the second year in a row on Saturday in Russia.

Lundby won five of the six jumps in the women’s Raw Air to finish with 1,144.6 points, well ahead of Katharina Althaus (GER: 1,088.1) and Juliane Seyfarth (GER: 1,066.3). Once the jumping moved to Nizhny Tagil (RUS), Seyfarth won both events off the 97 m hill, but Lundby was second both times and has clinched the seasonal title.

With two events remaining next weekend, Lundby has 1,773 points to 1,368 for Althaus and 1,271 for Seyfarth. It’s her second World Cup title in a row, in her eighth year on the World Cup circuit. Summaries:

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Trondheim (NOR) ~ 13-14 March 2019
(Full results here)

Men’s 138 m hill: 1. Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN), 298.4; 2. Andreas Stjernen (NOR), 288.0; 3. Stefan Kraft (AUT), 280.5; 4. Timi Zajc (SLO), 277.1; 5. Johann Andre Forfang (NOR), 275.6.

Women’s 138 m hill: 1. Maren Lundby (NOR), 274.1; 2. Juliane Seyfarth (GER), 261.0; 3. Eva Pinkelnig (AUT), 257.9; 4. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT), 244.7; 5. Katarina Althaus (GER), 244.4

Women’s Raw Air Tournament Final Standings (6 events): 1. Maren Lundby (NOR), 1,144.6; 2. Katharina Althaus (GER), 1,088.1; 3. Juliane Seyfarth (GER, 1,066.3; 4. Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT), 1,055.9; 5. Eva Pinkelnig (AUT), 1,033.8.

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Vikersund (NOR) ~ 15-17 March 2019
(Full results here)

Men’s Team 240 m hill: 1. Slovenia (Semenic, P. Prevc, D. Prevc, Zajc), 1,632.9; 2. Germany, 1,606.3; 3. Austria, 1,562.8; 4. Poland, 1,546.2; 5. Japan, 1,530.1.

Men’s 240 m hill: 1. Domen Prevc (SLO), 454.7; 2. Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN), 454.6; 3. Stefan Kraft (AUT), 443.2; 4. Jakub Wolny (POL), 438.8; 5. Markus Eisenbichler (GER), 434.3.

Men’s Raw Air Tournament Final Standings (10 events): 1. Ryoyu Kobayashi (JPN), 2,461.5; 2. Stefan Kraft (AUT), 2,458.6; 3. Robert Johansson (NOR), 2,351.6; 4. Markus Eisenbichler (GER), 2,296.8; 5. Johann Forfang Andre (NOR), 2,265.3.

FIS Ski Jumping World Cup
Nizhny Tagil (RUS) ~ 16-17 March 2019
(Full results here)

Women’s 97 m hill I: 1. Juliane Seyfarth (GER), 252.6; 2. Maren Lundby (NOR), 245.5; 3. Anna Odine Stroem (NOR), 233.9; 4. Katharina Althaus (GER), 233.8; 5. Eva Pinkelnig (AUT), 228.1.

Women’s 97 m hill II: 1. Seyfarth (GER), 230.3; 2. Lundby (NOR), 221.1; 3. Althaus (GER), 214.1; 4. Nika Kriznar (SLO), 202.5; 5. Sara Takanashi (JPN), 202.3.