Iraschko-Stolz again dominates jumping training

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 9, 2014 at 7:09 am •  Published: February 9, 2014
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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia (AP) — Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria dominated women's ski jumping training sessions Sunday at the Sochi Olympics, proving her first-day performance was no fluke.

Perhaps as important, she's sending a message to 17-year-old gold medal favorite Sara Takanashi of Japan.

Iraschko-Stolz relegated Takanashi, who has 10 World Cup victories this season, to second place in two of three training jumps Saturday. She finished first in two training runs Sunday before deciding not to bother with the third.

Takanashi was first in that third session, after coming in second and third in the others.

The first Olympic gold medal in women's ski jumping will be awarded Tuesday.

American jumpers had another frustrating day. Defending World Cup champion, 19-year-old Sarah Hendrickson of Park City, Utah, finished well back in two training jumps as she attempts to recover from right knee surgery in August.

On Saturday after her first effort — last and second-to-last in her two jumps — she said the knee was still bothering her and causing problems on her landings.