Ski jumper Nika Križnar reclaims yellow jersey

Nizhny Tagil – Slovenian ski jumper Nika Križnar won silver in a FIS World Cup women’s individual event in Nizhny Tagil, Russia on Sunday, reclaiming the yellow jersey. Austria’s Marita Kramer meanwhile clinched another victory on the hill of the Russian ski resort this weekend.

Scoring 232.3 points, Križnar toppled Japan’s Sara Takanashi, who placed third today, in the World Cup standings and reclaimed the yellow jersey of the overall leader with a total of 751 points. Takanashi has so far bagged 746 points.

Križnar’s first jump was 93.5 metres long, however she lost key points due to her flawed landing. The 21-year-old did better in the second round, jumping 94 metres to win silver.

“I’ve had a great day. […] The qualifying round was very hard, the wind was not quite on my side. I made the best of the crouch during the first jump. I felt really good. […] The yellow jersey is back with me, now I have to keep it until the end,” said Križnar after the event.

In the Slovenian team Špela Rogelj was second-best, placing 13th. Urša Bogataj ranked 14th and Ema Klinec underperformed after her third place in the qualifying round, ranking 18th. Klinec retained her fifth place in overall standings though.

The team’s head coach Zoran Zupančič could not be present at the event due to testing positive for coronavirus. Zupančič, who recently recovered from Covid-19, had tested negative before the team left for Russia.

As the Women Blue Bird tour kicked off with the Nizhny Tagil event, Kramer is currently in the lead, trailed by Takanashi (21.1 points behind) and Križnar (24.8 points).

Next weekend, the women’s World Cup season will wrap up with two individual events and a team event in Chaikovsky, Russia.