Lindsey Van is back on the World Cup circuit after taking some time off due to an October ankle surgery. The young ski jumper took second today in the very first World Cup back from her brief healing hiatus. The second stop in this inaugural season for World Cup Ski Jumping was held in the mountains of Hinterzarten, Germany where extremely volatile weather conditions forced the second heat to be canceled. This led the competitors to be ranked using only their first run. Luckily Van approached her first run like it was her last and gave a stellar performance Her 94.0 meter jump was the third longest of the day, but combined with her style points resulted in a second place finish. Lindsey was only a single point behind the day’s champion, Sabrina Windmueller of Sweden!
Fellow American Sarah Hendrickson finished in a respectable ninth, but still holds a World Cup point lead after her December win at Lillehammer.
After the race Lindsey Van described the day’s conditions, “The weather was definitely gnarly today and really unpredictable conditions.”
Paolo Bernardi, Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team International Coach spoke further about the weather and its impact on the competition, “The big issue was the weather as the wind was not friendly to us today. But Lindsey was on the podium on her first World Cup this season. Sarah was still able to jump really well in the worst conditions of wind and still maintain her top overall World Cup ranking. So overall, it is really good for us.”
The action kicks off again tomorrow with the women continuing the competition in Hinterzarten, Germany. Lindsey Van appeared excited for what is to come after today’s showing, “I’m definitely happy with results today. My jumps were pretty good, not great, but I’m looking forward to jumping farther tomorrow and hoping to do well again.”