Englund Rebounds for Eighth
ALMATY, Kazakhstan (Feb. 27, 2016) - Nita Englund (Florence, WI) bounced in the second round to finish eighth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Almaty on Saturday. Sara Takanashi of Japan continued her dominance setting a new hill record of 103.0 meters on her second jump on the HS 106 meter hill.
Englund flew 91.0 meters on her first jump to stand 19th. She came back in the second round with 98.5 meters – fourth longest – to move up to eighth. Tara Geraghty-Moats (W. Fairlee, VT) was 11th.
With warm weather in Almaty, officials opted to cancel the trial round to preserve the track.
“Even though the jury canceled the trial round, we’re happy we could have a competition in good conditions,” said U.S. Coach Vasja Bajc.
According to Bajc, the biggest key to progress for the team is improvement on landing style scores.
“Style points are decisive on small hills and bad landings will not give anyone a chance to finish top six when the field will become even stronger,” said Bajc. “This is reality and a very important element to learn in athletes youth and important for coaches to pay attention to.
“Today, both Tara and Nita could be placed much higher if you just add seven to nine points for better landings. Both had excellent second round jumps but it’s not enough to reach the podium without improvement in landing.”
The women are back in action Sunday with a second event.
Women’s HS106 Meter Jump