SKI JUMPING Preview: Women’s World Cup season opens in Lillehammer

Norway's ski jumping star Maren Lundby

The Nordic sports festival in Lillehammer (NOR) will feature the season opener in women’s ski jumping, the first of 25 competitions that will stretch to next March.

And it’s not just one competition, but the second “Lillehammer Triple” with two events off a 98 m hill and the last one off a 140 m hill.

Last year, German Katharina Althaus won the first Triple, ahead of eventual World Cup champ Maren Lundby (NOR) and four-time World Cup champ Sara Takanashi (JPN).

Takanashi, now 22, dominated the World Cup in four of five years prior to last season, but Lundby (24) was the jumper of the year in 2017-18, winning nine events and the Olympic gold medal (with Althaus, 22, second and Takanashi third).

Who will start hot this year? Look for results here.