Nika Prevc wins first Two Nights Tour event in Garmisch

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 31 December - Two weeks after her first World Cup victory, Slovenian ski jumper Nika Prevc won the first ever women's World Cup competition in Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday evening with 133 and 130 metres and 267.4 points.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Slovenia's Nika Prevc, the winner of the World Cup ski jumping event in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the first of the two in the new Two Nights Tour competition.
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Planica, Slovenia
Slovenian ski jumper Nika Prevc from the Prevc family of ski jumpers.
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At the first stop of the new Two Nights Tour competition, she finished 12.9 points ahead of Norway's Eirin Maria Kvandal (126.5 and 132.5 metres; 254.5 points), while third place went to Canadian Abigail Strate (131 and 130.5 metres; 247.4 points).

This is the second podium finish for Prevc, after the 18-year old won a World Cup event on the large hill in Engelberg, Switzerland, in mid-December, when another Slovenian, Ema Klinec, finished second.

In yesterday's first series, Prevc jumped 133 metres setting the women's record on the hill in Garmish-Partenkirchen, where women are competing for the first time.

The Two Nights Tour was inspired by the men's Four Hills Tournament, which traditionally takes place around New Year's Eve. Its second event takes place on Monday in Oberstdorf, Germany.

Female ski jumpers previously competed at a similar World Cup series dubbed the Silvester Tournament, a competition established in 2021 in Ljubno ob Savinji, Slovenia.

Of Slovenia's six ski jumpers, another three finished among the top 25 in Garmish on Saturday - Ema Klinec was 11th, Nika Križnar 14th and Ajda Košnjek 25th.

"I don't know what to say. I showed it all in the race. It's great I did it," Prevc told the public broadcaster TV Slovenija immediately after the win.

Before the Two Nights Tour, the Slovenian female team's coach Zoran Zupančič was very optimistic, saying "we have three ski jumpers in the team that will aim to win".

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