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Vogt of confidence

23 Feb 2015
Olympic News

Just over a year after winning the first ever women’s Olympic ski jumping gold, on 20 February 2015 Carina Vogt was crowned world champion.

On 11 February 2014 at the bottom of the HS106 hill at Rosa Khutor in Sochi, German ski jumper Carina Vogt burst into tears, overwhelmed by the realisation of what she had just achieved. Her gold medal-winning performance had earned a place in the Olympic history books as the Winter Games’ first ever female champion in the discipline. “I’m lost for words,” was her immediate response at the time. “I wouldn’t have dreamt this was possible three years ago. It’s fantastic. I’ve never won a World Cup event and now I’m the first Olympic women’s ski jump champion. It’s incredible.”

The success of the 21-year-old Vogt was all the more remarkable given that prior to the 2014 Winter Games she had managed a sum total of just eight podium finishes on the World Cup circuit. However, in Sochi, her first jump of 103.0m catapulted her to the top of the leaderboard. She followed that up with a jump of 97.5m, to score a combined total of 274.4 points that put her ahead of Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (246.2) and Coline Mattel of France (245.2).

First World Cup successes

In her third outing of the season on 11 January on the HS 100 hill in Sapporo (JPN), Vogt finished second behind local favourite Sara Takanashi. A week later the tour moved to Mount Zao, also in Japan, and there the German recorded her first ever World Cup victory with a jump of 99.0m giving her a winning score of 117.7 points in the single-jump contest. A week later as the World Cup moved on to her native Germany, she maintained her momentum with another second place behind Iraschko-Stolz in Oberstdorf.

Finally, at the start of February on the HS94 hill in Hinzebach (AUT), Vogt scored another victory, this time producing jumps of 92.0m and 90.0m for a score of 245.2 points to avenge her defeat to Iraschko-Stolz, who finished second on 244.8 points. It set the stage magnificently for the 2015 World Championships in the Swedish resort of Falun.

2015 world champion

On 20 February in Falun, the world championship title looked sure to be going Iraschko-Stolz’s after the first round, in which she produced a jmp of 92.5m to give her a lead of more than three points over Vogt (119.2), with Japan’s Yuki Ito (113.9) way back in third.

However, not for the first time this season, Vogt held her nerve to produce a second round jump of 92.0m for a total score of 236.9 points. That put her 1.8 points ahead of Ito, who pushed Iraschko-Stolz into third place. The world title was Vogt’s! “After the first jump I didn’t really expect to win here,” she admitted. “It’s really incredible on top of everything else that has happened to me in the last year. I’m so happy!”

Her victory in Falun meant that Vogt joins a select band of Winter athletes who have managed to win Olympic and world titles on the bounce.

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