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  • Writer's pictureMichael Plugge

Solid day for Eirin on the last competition of the European Games

Zakopane witnessed a thrilling display of talent as the female ski jumpers left their mark on the large hill (HS140) at the European Games. Eirin Kvandal emerged as the standout performer for Team Norway, securing an impressive sixth-place finish in a competition that was once again dominated by the Slovenian athletes.

Eirin Kvandal in front of the hill in Zakopane (Photo: Hopplandslaget)
Eirin Kvandal in front of the hill in Zakopane (Photo: Hopplandslaget)

Kvandal showcased her skills in the first round with a solid jump of 124.5 meters, accompanied by an excellent landing. Her remarkable performance positioned her just outside the top five, trailing by just 0.3 points. Determined, she delivered an even longer jump in the second round, landing after a distance of 127 meters. Despite a shaky landing, Kvandal maintained her sixth-place standing and got the well-deserved approval from the coaching staff.


However, it was a challenging day for Thea Minyan Bjørseth and Anna Odine Strøm. Struggling to find their rhythm on the hill, their performances did not reach their desired heights. In the first round, Bjørseth achieved a distance of 112.5 meters, earning her 15th place, while Strøm recorded 109 meters, placing her at 18th. In the second round, Strøm made a good comeback, soaring to 124 meters with an impeccable landing, resulting in a three-position climb to finish 15th, just behind Bjørseth, who achieved 122 meters and claimed 14th place by a mere 0.5 points.

It was a good day for Kjersti Græsli, here with Thea Minyan Bjørseth right before the competition (Photo: Hopplandslaget)
It was a good day for Kjersti Græsli, here with Thea Minyan Bjørseth right before the competition (Photo: Hopplandslaget)

Kjersti Græsli, who was unable to participate in the small hill event due to suit regulations, finally made her mark at the European Games. The determined athlete from Tydal leaped 103.5 meters in the first round, securing her advancement. In the second round, Græsli maintained her composure and improved her performance, reaching an impressive distance of 114.5 meters. This got her from 24th place after the first round to a respectable 22nd place overall.


Once again, the Slovenian jumpers showcased their dominance, with Nika Kriznar securing the top spot, followed by Nika Prevc in second and German Selina Freitag in third place.


The European Games have proven to be a success for Team Norway, with Anna and Eirin earning a silver medal during the mixed team event. Considering that this competition primarily served as training and that the athletes are still working towards their peak form for the upcoming events, their solid performances promises well for the future.


Next on the agenda for the ski jumpers is the Summer Grand Prix in Courchevel, scheduled for the last weekend of July. Stay tuned for more exhilarating jumps and breathtaking moments!

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