Chiara Hölzl, Sofia Tikhonova, Elisabeth Raudaschl - ÖSV
About a week after her win at the European Youth Olympic Festival in Tschagguns (AUT), Sofia Tikhonova won her next Gold medal in Almaty. The 16-year-old Russian won the competition with two jumps on 95.5 m and 227.5 points. "I'm very happy about this Gold medal. I like this venue because I feel comfortable here and it's not the first time that I'm jumping on this hill", said the new Junior World Champion.
The other two medals went to Austria. Elisabeth Raudaschl won Silver with 93.5 m and 93 m and 221.7 points. "It's unbelievable what I was able to achieve today and that I'll get the Silver medal tonight. I came to Almaty without any expectations. When I was second-to-last at the start in the final round I was nervous, but then I was able to also show a good second jump."
Her teammate Chiara Hoelzl was only sixth after her first jump on 93.5 m, but with the longest jump of the day on 96 m she moved up to third (217.4 points). "Unfortunately I didn't jump as good as in training. I would have been able to do even better, but winning a medal is good. I'm satisfied with this result."
Slovenia's Ursa Bogataj had bad luck today. With 94 m she was on the podium after the first round, but she was not able to defend her third place against the Austrian and missed the podium by only 0.2 points.
The two Norwegians Anna Odine Stroem and Silje Opseth followed in fifth and sixth, behind Yuka Seto of Japan (7th), Pauline Hessler was the best German in eighth. Her teammate Gianina Ernst, one of the favorites in this competition, came in tenth, behind Russia's Mariia Iakovleva.