U.S. ski jumpers continue to shine at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Ramsau with five women in the top 12. Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome had season best results finishing in fourth and fifth. Sarah Hendrickson, the defending World Cup champion, placed seventh and third in the overall World Cup standings. Japan’s Sara Takanashi beat out France’s Coline Mattel.
Lindsey Van was pleased with her finish, but said, “Of course I’d love to be on the podium, but I am happy with my results. I had three really short jumps in a row in training — I’ve really been off balance in the in-run. During the comp today I tried to focus on the basics and make it as simple as possible and tried not to over think it. I literally told myself to stand-up at the take off. My body knows what to do better than my mind.”
an style=”text-align: center;”>Lindsey Van (shown jumping last February) soared to fourth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Ramsau to lead five U.S. women in the top 12. (Getty Images/Agence Zoom-Stanko Gruden)Van continued with, “It’s pretty amazing and we have great depth and we work really well and feed off each other. It was a hard comp and we have a lot of experience on the team to get through that.”
Jessica Jerome was excited about her progress and said, “I had really good training on the hill here before Sochi and good training yesterday and so I knew I could do well. That’s my best result so far this season and it was night and day from last week. I’m really excited.”
“It’s so amazing and I’m so psyched for all the girls on our team. No other team to has come close to doing that right now. We do better when we’re all closer as a team. We have a good dynamic off-hill and we have a lot of fun and we know each other pretty well. All that translates to good results on the hill,” continued Jerome.
The women’s World Cup takes a break for the holidays before resuming action in Schonach, Germany in January.