Nita Englund soars to a come-from-behind eighth place finish at the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup Sunday in Oberstdorf. (Getty Images/Bongarts-Alexander Hassenstein)
OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 25, 2015) - Less than a month out from World Championships, Nita Englund (Florence, WI) continued her push leading the USA on the HS106-meter hill in Oberstdorf finishing eighth. Standing 14th after the first jump, Englund had to come from behind in an event won for the second straight day by Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz.
Englund flew 87.0 meters on her first jump, landing in 14th. She came back on the second jump for a half-meter further at 87.5 meters, but was seventh on the round and that bumped her to eighth overall. Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) was the only other American making the top-30 cut.
"I was possibly too amped today and I made some big mistakes in my first competition jump," said Englund. "My second jump was spot on so I was glad I was able to move back up--but there were certainly lessons learned about being focused in the competition."
Nita Englund enjoyed strong weekend in Oberstdorf. (Getty Images/Bongarts-Alexander Hassenstein)
Nita Englund was the top American in Oberstdorf, jumping to eighth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup.
Englund scored a career-best seventh a day earlier.
With a strong weekend, Englund moved up to 11th in the World Cup standings - top American. Jessica Jerome is 12th, Sarah Hendrickson 13th.
The women's World Cup tour now heads to Hinzenbach, Austria next weekend - the final World Cup in the World Championships team selection period.
The World Championships begin Feb. 18 in Falun, Sweden, with the women jumping Feb. 20. A mixed gender team event will be held for the first time Feb. 22.
QUOTES Nita Englund I was possibly too amped today and I made some big mistakes in my first competition jump. My second jump was spot on so I was glad I was able to move back up--but there were certainly lessons learned about being focused in the competition.