Alex Loutitt wins bronze medal in ski jumping with “good takeoffs” in Slovenia

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Canada’s Alexandria Loutitt won bronze in the women’s ski jumping World Cup on Saturday for her sixth podium of the season.

The 20-year-old from Calgary scored a total of 258.9 points on two jumps in the normal hill event to finish behind gold medalist Eva Pinkelnig of Austria and silver medalist Nika Prevc , from Slovenia.

Even though she made the podium, Loutitt felt she could have done better.

“It’s one of my favorite hills and has been since the first day I’ve been here, but I wasn’t really happy with my jumps to be honest,” Loutitt said. “However, I am happy to know that I can get on the podium even without good jumps.”

Loutitt had jumps of 89 and 88.5 meters.

“The takeoffs were good, but my flight wasn’t working, so my style was suffering and things weren’t going well,” she said.

Abigail Strate 7th

Pinkelnig, who rose to third in the overall World Cup standings, won by scoring 269.3 points with jumps of 91.0 and 90.5 meters.

Prevc, leader of the overall World Cup standings, collected 262.5 points.

Her compatriot Abigail Strate, also from Calgary, finished seventh with 249.9 points.

Loutitt and Strate placed second in a World Cup super team ski jumping event last week in Japan, giving Canada its first-ever medal in the competition.

“Abi and I both believed we could do it,” Loutitt said. “I think people forget how young we are, but we’re both Olympic medalists and I’m a world champion, so we both know how to handle the pressure of competition and achieve consistent results.”

The World Cup in Slovenia continues on Sunday with another normal hill competition.



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