Abigail Strate lifts her hands in victory while holding her skis.(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)
(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Abigail Strate continues podium streak at Ski Jumping World Cup in Villach

Abigail Strate is back on the podium! The ski jumper claimed her third consecutive FIS Ski Jumping World Cup podium on Wednesday in Villach, Austria, where she took third place in the women’s normal hill event.

Strate’s two jumps of 91.0 m earned her 115.3 and 118.3 points for a total of 233.6 points and the bronze medal. Slovakia’s Nika Prevc came out on top with 262.7 points, landing the longest jump of the competition in the first round with a distance of 96.5m. Austrian Eva Pinkelnig, who won in Oberstdorf on Monday, took silver this time with 236.7 points.

The 22-year-old Canadian now has a total of four World Cup podiums in her career. In addition to the three consecutive podiums in the last week, she reached her first World Cup podium in January 2023 in Hinterzarten.

Another women’s event will take place in Villach on Thursday.

A silver medal in Oberstdorf

The Canadian started the year in style by taking second place in the women’s big jump event in Oberstdorf, Germany, on Monday.

Strate was joined on the large hill podium by Eva Pinkelnig of Austria, who led the field with 272.1 points. Strate was 2.7 points back from Pinkelnig. Third place featured a tie between Eirin Maria Kvandal of Norway, and Jacqueline Seifriedsberger of Austria, both of whom scored 261.6.

Strate jumped 131m in the first round, followed by 128.5m in the second round.

Alexandria Loutitt was the next Canadian, finishing in 6th place. Her first round jump of 133.5 was the longest of the day.

Bronze in Germany to round off the year

Strate won the bronze medal in the large jump event at the World Cup in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, on Saturday 30 December. She scored 247.4 points with jumps of 131m in the first round and 130.5m in the second round.