Van lands back-to-back ski jumping podiums in Sweden

Posted By: The Ski Channel on September 27, 2010 4:55 pm

The Continental Cup race continued to heat up this past weekend in Falun, Sweden, where female ski jumpers continued to impress with strong performances from the U.S. team.

Lindsey Van of Park City, UT, rode her momentum from last month’s U.S. Ski Jumping Championships to another set of podium finishes during the normal hill and HS98 event. Van was second on Saturday and third on Sunday, finishing ahead of Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) in third and fourth.

Daniela Irashko of Austria grabbed both wins, posting the longest jump on Saturday, 97 meters, and the longest jump on Sunday, 102 meters. Van jumped 86.5 and 94.5 meters on Saturday moving her into second, with Jerome jumping 92.5 and 87.5 meters to take third.

Alissa Johnson (Park City, UT) and Abby Hughes (Park City, UT) rallied into the top 15 in eighth and 14th.

On Sunday, Iraschko led the field again, with fellow countryman Austria’s Jacqueline Seifriedsbeger in second. Van posted a third place finish with 91.5 and 92.0 meter jumps.

Jerome landed in fourth, just shy of the podium. Johnson and Hughes finished in seventh and 14th, respectively.

The men competed in the Falun FIS Cup with Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) finishing in second on Saturday and first on Sunday.

The women, who will finally have a World Cup circuit of their own with the start of the 2011-12 season, currently use the Continental Cup to represent the highest level of competition for ski jumping.

Official Results – Continental Cup
Falun, Sweden
September 25, 2010
Women’s Normal Hill HS98

1. Daniela Iraschko, Austria (97.0, 93.0) 244.5
2. Lindsey Van, Park City, UT (86.5, 94.5) 229.5
3. Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (92.5, 87.5) 227.0
4. Melanie Faisst, Germany (93.5, 86.0) 224.0
5. Jacqueline Seifridsberger, Austria (92.5, 84.5) 221.5
8. Alissa Johnson, Park City, UT (82.5, 80.5) 187.0
14. Abby Hughes, Park City, UT (70.5, 78.5) 157.0

September 26, 2010
Women’s Normal Hill HS98

1. Daniela Iraschko, Austria, (102.0, 94.0) 258.0
2. Jacqueline Seifriedsberger, Austria (95.5, 95.5) 253.0
3. Lindsey Van, Park City, UT (91.5, 92.0) 235.5
4. Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (86.5, 91.0) 222.0
5. Line Jahr, Norway (94.0, 83.0) 221.5
7. Alissa Johnson, Park City, UT (84.0, 86.5) 206.5
14. Abby Hughes, Park City, UT (82.0, 77.5) 179.0