Prevc overall winner of FIS Women's World Cup this season

Vikersund, 17 March - Slovenian ski jumper Nika Prevc has won the overall ranking of the FIS World Cup in Vikersund, Norway on Sunday, a week before the final competition of the season in Planica. Prevc was 11th in today's ski flying event, while Slovenia's Ema Klinec was third, and Nika Križnar tenth.

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Slovenian ski jumper Nika Prevc.
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With only one event before season end, Prevc has 1,370 points, a 194-point lead over runner-up Eva Pinkelnig of Austria, while Yuki Ito of Japan is in third place with 941 points.

Today, the ski flying competition went to Norwegian Eirin Maria Kvandal (431.2 points). Her compatriot Silje Ospeth (425.2 points) was second, followed by Klinec (375.9 points). Križnar was tenth with 328.6 points. Prevc lagged 127.7 points behind Kvandal, but this was still enough to stay in the lead overall.

Prevc, who turned only 19 on Friday, was somewhat of a surprise this season, winning her first world cup competition only this December.

On Friday, she is to become the fourth Slovenian jumper to win the Crystal Globe: the first was Primož Peterka in 1997 and 1998, the second was Prevc's oldest brother Peter Prevc in 2016, and three years ago, her teammate Križnar.

Today marks the start of what will be an emotional week for the Prevc family, whose four out of five children have gone into ski jumping.

As their youngest claims her first season victory, her oldest brother, Peter, considered by many to be the best ski jumper in Slovenia's history, will be retiring as the season comes to an end on home turf on Sunday.

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