Top 10s for Nita Englund
OBERSTDORF, Germany (Jan. 31, 2016) - American Nita Englund (Florence, WI) flew to a pair of top 10 finishes FIS Ski Jumping World Cups this weekend in Oberstdorf. Japan’s Sara Takanashi continued to dominate, winning both competitions to pad her World Cup lead.
Saturday Englund soared 93.5 meters on her first jump to stand fifth. In the second jump, she stretched it out to 94.0 meters but dropped to ninth. Takanashi set a new hill record on her second ride with a 107.0 meter jump.
“I really liked my first competition jump, but my second had some mistakes and I lost a bit of ground,“ said Englund. “Unfortunately my jumps were much better yesterday in training but tomorrow is a new day!”
On Sunday, Englund went 95.5 meters on her first jump to stand ninth. She bumped it up to 100.5 meters on the second ride, but remained in ninth.
“Nita has been jumping very well in training but is not transferring that high performance into competition,” said U.S. coach Vasja Bajc. “We’re working with her to stay calm and focused to perform at the same level in competition.”
Englund has cracked the top 10 in three of her last five competitions and presently stands 18th in the World Cup standings.
The World Cup now heads to Oslo, Norway for the famed Holmenkollen Ski Festival where the women will jump Thursday on the HS134-meter large hill.