Nita Englund, shown here jumping earlier this month in Japan, scored another career best, soaring to seventh in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Oberstdorf. (Getty Images-Kiko Nagahama)
OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 24, 2015) - American Nita Englund (Florence, WI) continued her rise up through the results with a career best seventh in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Oberstdorf. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz picked up a strong win over Germany’s Carina Voigt.
Englund, who jumped to second in Friday’s qualifying round, soared 95.0 meters on her first ride to take fifth, dropping back slightly on the second jump going 88.5 meters.
Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) was 16th and Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) 17th. It was Hendrickson’s first competition round at Oberstdorf since suffering a knee injury there in training in August, 2013.
Englund had been struggling all week in training and was surprised at how it came together for her on Saturday. "I was really struggling earlier this week and i didn't know what to do," she said. "I am as genuinely surprised as anyone else that I switched around and was able to have some good jumps."
The women are back on the hill in Oberstdorf on Sunday.
World Champion Sarah Hendrickson prepares to jump in Oberstdorf. (Getty Images/Bongarts-Alexander Hassenstein)
Nita Englund had a career best seventh in the Oberstdorf FIS Ski Jumping World Cup.
Englund’s previous best was an 11th in Sapporo two weeks ago.
Sarah Hendrickson is the top U.S. woman in the World Cup standings in 11th. Jessica Jerome is 13th and Englund now 16th.
QUOTES Nita Englund I was really struggling earlier this week and i didn't know what to do. I am as genuinely surprised as anyone else that I switched around and was able to have some good jumps. I'm happy about today and I now need to rest up for tomorrow's competition.