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  • Writer's pictureMichael Plugge

Summer comes to an end: team Norway finishes mixed event as fifth

The Vogtland Arena in Klingenthal was the stage for the mixed event. Anna, Marius, Thea and Halvor teamed up to end the summer season together.

Thea Minyan Bjørseth in Klingenthal (Photo: Hopplandslaget)
Thea Minyan Bjørseth in Klingenthal (Photo: Hopplandslaget)

The mixed event in the Vogtland Arena was the final dance of the summer. Four men and women joined forces to finish the summer season strong for team Norway. It ended with a fierce battle against Finland and the fifth place.

Nice try

First jumper for the team, was Anna Odine Strøm. The overall World Cup contender started off pretty solid with a 119 meter jump. Afterwards we could hear on the team radio that she was quite content with her jump, although she pushed a bit short. She described it as a "nice try". After her group, team Norway was fifth.

The second round wasn't as good as the first one for Anna. She landed after jumping 116.5 meters and was clearly not content with her jump. Unfortunately, Finland overtook Norway again, and after Anna's group, was sixth.

Solid Marius

Next up for team Norway was Marius Lindvik. With a jump of 130.5 meters, it was a good start for the Olympic champion, although he saw some points of improvements, as he said on the team radio afterwards. His effort was good enough to tighten the gap, but team Norway stayed fifth.

It was another good jump from Marius in the second round, jumping 128.5 meters. His jump was good enough to regain the fifth spot from Finland.

Unhappy Thea

Thea Minyan Bjørseth was the second girl to jump today. Unfortunately for her, she did not have the best jump and conditions and landed after 113 meters. Afterwards, Thea received some pointers for the next round from coach Meyer on the radio. Norway dropped a spot when her group was finished

Even though she jumped further than the first round, Thea was visibly unhappy with the second round. Landing after 118 meters, team Norway lost the number five spot to Finland again. But, this will only add to her determination to have a good winter.

Halvor Egner Granerud (Photo: Hopplandslaget)

Doing what he does

Halvor Egner Granerud completed the foursome and did what he had to do. Landing after a 127.5 meter jump, he admitted on the team radio that the jump had him confused. Coach Stöckl was there to reassure Halvor that his jump was fine. Team Norway overtook Finland and finished the round as fifth. Germany led the pack and Poland and Romania were eliminated.

Another good round from Halvor made team Norway end the summer season on a high note. His 137.5 meter jump was good enough to take over the fifth place from Finland.

Germany won in front of their homecrowd after a very good team performance. Japan and Austria complete the podium.

Onto the winter

This concludes the summer season and now all eyes are on the winter. Although the summer is never where the girls shine, they have got their work cut out for them. The first test is going to be the NM at the Midtstubakken later this month.


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