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Van Top Five in Sapporo

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2014-01-12 06:48
 

SAPPORO, Japan (Jan. 12) – World Champion Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) soared to fifth place Sunday, mounting a second-round comeback from 14th at the Sapporo World Cup. U.S. teammate Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) sealed a seventh place with Alissa Johnson (Park City, UT) taking 14th, while Japanese jumper Sara Takanashi notched her sixth World Cup win of the season. The women jumpers now head to Zao, Japan for a pair of World Cups Jan. 18-19.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • World Champion Lindsey Van (Park City, UT) soared to fifth place Sunday, mounting a second-round comeback from 14th at the Sapporo World Cup. Van’s 93-meter jump in the second round was the second-longest jump of the day.
  • U.S. teammate Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) sealed a seventh place, her third top 10 of the season.
  • Alissa Johnson (Park City, UT) finished 14th for the second day in a row, while Japanese jumper Sara Takanashi notched her sixth World Cup win of the season.
  • Van’s Sunday result has solidified her spot as the number two U.S. athlete behind Jerome in the World Cup standings, which will be the primary criteria used for Olympic selection.
  • Jerome won a nomination to the first-ever women’s jumping U.S. Olympic Team with her victory at the 2014 Olympic Trials in Park City, UT. The remainder of the historic 2014 U.S. Olympic Team will be selected from World Cups and announced Jan. 22.
  • The women jumpers now head to Zao, Japan for a pair of World Cups Jan. 18-19.

QUOTES
Lindsey Van
I had better luck than Saturday for sure. The timing was better, and I was just focusing on one jump at a time.

Jessica Jerome
Today there were more stable wind conditions, although it was snowing harder. I have been pretty consistent and I am gradually competing better each time.

Alissa Johnson
I felt really good going into today. My trials jump was probably the best jump of the day, but I was still happy about my consistency of this weekend. It's been what I have been working on for a while so I am extremely happy that it's all coming together at this point in the season.  

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