World Cup leader Maren Lundby had to settle for a disappointing 5th place in the big hill race in Holmenkollen on Sunday.
Lundby has won all nine World Cup races this season, but didn’t get it to clap in Sunday’s race. The 24-year-old was in 5th place after the first round and ended in the same position.
Lundby has been out of the podium in just three of 19 World Cups this season.
The trainer’s first jump was 119 meters and gave a hatch of 5.7 points up to leading Daniela Iraschko-Stolz from Austria. Then a final jump of 109 meters ensured that pallet space was not possible for the World Cup leader. Lundby ended with 186.5 points.
Iraschko-Stolz defended the lead from the start and secured the victory by 209 points.
The victory made the Austrian take over the lead in the Raw Air competition, which ends March 14. She leads 0.1 points ahead of Lundby.
Lundby showed good beats in the trial round and landed at 137 meters. It is half a meter behind the ground record for women. It holds Sara Takanashi. In Saturday’s qualification, Lundby made a huge jump of 133.5 meters. Still, she failed to deliver the goods when it was Sunday.
Despite the disappointment, Lundby still leads the World Cup in front of German Katharina Althaus, but was pushed down from the lead in the Raw Air summary.
Power in 9th place
Anne Odine Strøm had a good day in Holmenkollen. Finnmarkingen started well with a 109 meter soar. Even better, the final round was when the 20-year-old landed at 113.5 meters. It resulted in 9th place.
In the final round, Silje Opseth was unable to follow up on the first jump of 105.5 meters. The last jump sounded at 99.5 meters, but it was admittedly from a lower ledge. The 19-year-old had to settle for 17th place.
Ingebjørg Saglien Bråten did not really get to grips and landed only 65 meters in the first place. It did not hold the promotion to the final. The 19-year-old ended up last with 0.6 points.