The 19-year-old from Salzburg set the new women’s hill record with 96 meters. Iraschko-Stolz and Hölzl are also among them
Marita Kramer was in a class of her own at the start of the ski jumpers’ World Cup season on Friday. The 19-year-old from Salzburg set a new record for women in the second round of 96 meters after her half-time lead, and with 253.6 points she won her second World Cup victory, clearly ahead of Slovenian Nika Kriznar (245.1). Kramer thus fixed a perfect opening competition after she had already won the qualification.
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (6./230.4) and Chiara Hölzl (10./226.7) also made it into the top ten and rounded off a strong ÖSV result. “It’s a sensational end to the day. Three girls among the top ten are impressive,” said Mario Stecher, Sports Director for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in the ÖSV, in an interview with ORF. He was particularly impressed by the winner’s performance. “Your final jump was absolutely world class. You already showed in training, and took the form from last summer with you and is now at the top,” analyzed the 43-year-old.
In the first round Kramer had already sailed away from the competition with 94 meters, but the lead of 3.1 points over Kriznar was still manageable. “It’s unbelievable, it worked the way you train it. It’s cool that it works that way in competition,” said the overall World Cup leader. She knew that her jumps were pretty stable. “That gave me confidence,” emphasized Kramer. There was no trace of nervousness in the finish either. Since she had noticed upstairs that Kriznar hadn’t set a telemark, she didn’t do it either. Their lead at the end was a remarkable 8.5 points.
“A meticulous worker”
After Sapporo in January, she triumphed for the second time in 2020. It was her third individual podium, in Oberstdorf in February she was third on the podium. “She jumps at a very high level, is a meticulous worker, leaves nothing to chance, does everything well. That is what makes her strength”, said ÖSV head coach Harald Rodlauer, highlighting the advantages of the athlete, nicknamed Sara. He was also “satisfied” as a team. Even more if you consider that Eva Pinkelnig (ruptured spleen) and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger (after cruciate ligament rupture) are two of the injured team members missing.
Iraschko-Stolz and Hölzl were not entirely satisfied with their performance. “The fact that I am competitive, even if things are not going so well, makes me confident,” said 37-year-old Iraschko-Stolz, emphasizing the positive. With Hölzl, who finished second in the overall World Cup last season, it sounded similar: “The jumps were not what I can do yet. I am positive that this is enough for a top ten place.”
There is now a lot of time to catch up with Kramer. After the late start of the season at home, the next competition in Ljubno will not follow until mid / late January. “I know what I have to work on. Maybe next time I will be able to stand up to Sara,” said Hölzl. Kramer himself thought it was a shame that there is now a long break from competition. “It is still important to keep training hard,” she emphasized, as the Nordic World Ski Championships in Oberstdorf are already on the program in February.