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Norway’s Lundby flies through blizzard to take gold

February 12. 2018 10:25PM

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — Maren Lundby of Norway outsoared her rivals on a night of snow, wind and biting cold to win the women’s Olympic ski jumping competition on Monday.

The 23-year-old put in a final jump of 110 meters on the normal hill at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre to score an emphatic victory over Germany’s Katharina Althaus, who took the silver medal, and Sara Takanashi who won bronze for Japan.

With weather conditions steadily worsening, the competition reached an exciting climax as the top three from the first round made their final jumps in reverse order, starting with Takanashi.

The Japanese made a leap of 103.5 meters to move into the lead, but applauded sportingly as Althaus responded with 106.0.

With the final jump of the competition, Lundby withstood intense pressure to fly four meters further and take the gold.