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Win for Alexandra Pretorius in Hinterzarten


berkutschi.com

Alexandra Pretorius of Canada won the FIS Grand Prix opener in Hinterzarten (GER) ahead of Sara Takanashi and Katja Pozun. The German athletes showed good performances, but could not keep up with the best.

With jumps on 103.5 m and 102.5 m, Alexandra Pretorius won the first competition of the Summer Grand Prix 2013. With 265.5 points, the 17-year-old came in ahead of Japanese Sara Takanashi (104 m and 103.5 m; 260.8 points) and Katja Pozun of Slovenia (100 m and 97.5 m; 250.1 points).

"I like this hill here in Hinterzarten, it was really nice to jump today. It was hot today, but that didn't affect the jumping. We didn't change a lot in our training compared to last year", Pretorius said after Friday's opening event.

Second placed Sara Takanashi was not happy with her result: "I'm not satisfied with my jumps today, I should have made a better Telemark. I have to improve this in the next competition and I'll also concentrate more on the Telemark in training."

Slovene Maja Vtic (247.8 points), Jacqueline Seifriedsberger of Austria (246.9 points) and Yuki Ito of Japan (242.6 points) finished fourth, fifth and sixth.

With Friday's result also the second Grand Prix season started with a win for Pretorius. The Canadian already won the FIS Grand Prix opener last year in Courchevel, France, (Ergebnis Courchevel ї), and later finished second in the Grand Prix overall ranking (Overall ranking GP 2012 ї).

About 1000 spectators at the "Adlerschanze" in Hinterzarten saw a competition on a high level in which the Germans were not able to achieve top result. But Svenja Wuerth (7th), Ulrike Graessler (11th), Carina Vogt (14th), Melanie Faisst (16th), Katharina Althaus (17th) and Juliane Seyfarth (20th) showed a strong team performance.

Best Austrian was Jacqueline Seifriedsberger as fifth, her teammate Daniela Iraschko can't compete yet due to a knee injury she suffered last winter.

On Saturday there'll be a mixed-team competition in Hinterzarten, the men's individual event follows on Sunday.

Berkutschi.com, July 26th, 2013

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