In her sixth trip to the FIS Nordic Junior World Championships, Lake Placid's Nina Lussi earned a 23rd place result in the women's ski jump Tuesday in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
The field began with 42 of the world's best young women's ski jumpers, with the top 30 advancing to a second round of jumping. Lussi soared to distances of 79.5 and 83.5 meters on her two jumps, which were worth 83.8 and 92.5 points, respectively, and a 176.3 total.
Sara Takanashi of Japan, a 17-year-old who is the reining World Cup points champion and the gold medal favorite for the upcoming Sochi Winter Olympics, claimed the victory with two jumps of 100.5 meters and 262.9 points. France's Coline Mattel earned the silver and Maren Lundby of Norway captured the bronze.
"This is a huge competition and gains a lot of attention with the best ski jumpers, nordic combined skiers and cross country skiers gathering every year to fight it out," Lussi said after Monday's training round. "It's pretty strange looking back and seeing the progress I've made from my first international experience in 2009 in Strebske Pleso, Slovakia to a seasoned competitor here in Predazzo, Italy."
Lussi, a 19-year-old, represented the New York Ski Education Foundation in the competition. Emily Anderson was the only other American in the event, and finished 32nd.