Our original plan for Saturday was to attend the women's 15-km skiathalon, but I put off buying tickets for too long and all that was left when I checked online yesterday were the pricier ones. That turned out to be fortunate as the race was won by Therese Johaug in a blowout, as she seems to be doing regularly this year, and there wasn't much back and forth even for the podiums. Congrats to Rosie Brennan of the US on grabbing a 10th place finish.
Instead, we went to the ski jumping world championships at the Bergisel ski jump right here in Innsbruck. It was a great experience. This is the third major ski jump competition I've attended (the others were at the 1998 and 2002 Olympic Winter Games) and they are great spectator sports. Today's winner, Marcus Eisenbichler of Germany, won in grand fashion with a huge second jump, upsetting Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan, who was a heavy favorite and ended up in fourth. It was a windy day, and at times this played a role. Ski jumping is a very weather sensitive winter sport and shifting winds can make or break any individuals jump.
|As a meteorologist, you would think I would have bought seats in the sun, but alas, we were in the shade, but got great views.|
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|An elated winner. Great celebration at the end.|