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  • Writer's pictureMichael Plugge

Ski jumping at the European Games: Norwegian trio soar to the top ten

It was the HS105 in Zakopane that was the scene of the inaugural ski jumping competition of the European games. Four Norwegian girls were at the start and it ended with a top ten position for three of them.

Eirin Kvandal was the best Norwegian of the day (Photo Hopplandslaget)
Eirin Kvandal was the best Norwegian of the day (Photo Hopplandslaget)

It was a very solid start of the day for Eirin Kvandal, who won both the training round and the trial round of the first competition at the European Games. But as we know, the medals are handed out at the end of the day and unfortunately she couldn't utilize on her (already) strong form this early in the summer.


The first jump ended after 95.5 meters and Eirin was struggling a bit to get a good landing in. It was still good enough to finish sixth after round one. Thanks to a coach decision, the gate was lowered two spots for Eirin in the second round. She landed at 93 meters which wasn't enough to get the extra points, but it allowed Eirin to get a solid landing in of four 17.5's and one 17. Eirin ended the competition as the best Norwegian at the number seven spot.


For Anna Odine Strøm it was the opposite, her first jump was a lot better than her second, but she still managed to finish in the top ten. In usual fashion, the conditions weren't Anna's friend today, nonetheless she jumped 92.5 meters in the first round, which was good for a fourth place. She tried to hold on to that good ranking in the second jump, but unfortunately jumped short and had to land after just 85 meters. It resulted in a drop from fourth to ninth place.

Kjersti Græsli was not permitted to start in today's competition (Photo: Hopplandslaget)
Kjersti Græsli was not permitted to start in today's competition (Photo: Hopplandslaget)

Thea Minyan Bjørseth is the third girl who finished in the top ten. She jumped 92 meters in the first round, but her landing was a bit sketchy. Looking at her face immediately after the landing, you could clearly see that something didn't feel right. Luckily she took revenge in the second round and climbed three from the thirteenth place. In round two she jumped 91 meters, which was good enough for the top ten.


The unluckiest girl of the day was the rookie, Kjersti Græsli. In the training and trial round, she jumped good enough that if it was a competition, she would advance to the second round. Unfortunately Kjersti was not permitted to start in the competition because of her suit.

"We’ll keep doing what worked and work to fix what didn’t"

The European Games have just started for the girls and more chances to get medals are on Thursday during the mixed competition and on Friday on the large hill. On Instagram, the team acknowledged that today wasn't the girl's day, but are happy they're at the Games and will work for the next chances. "We’ll keep doing what worked and work to fix what didn’t."


The competition was won by Austrian Jacqueline Seifriedsberger. She was joined on the podium by Slovenian Nika Prevc and fellow Austrian Marita Kramer.

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