Austria's Olympic silver medallist Daniela Iraschko-Stolz rounded off an impressive return to International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Jumping World Cup competition at Ljubno this weekend by winning gold in today’s event - and in so doing ended the run of six consecutive victories enjoyed by Maren Lundby.
Iraschko-Stolz, fourth in yesterday's competition at the Slovenian resort, could not be beaten as she registered 262.4 points with jumps of 89.0 and 89.5 metres respectively in a return to form that is perfectly timed for Pyeongchang 2018 - which is due to be her next competition..
Lundby was second with 260.6 points and Germany’s Katarina Althaus third on 259.3.
"I'm happy to be back in the World Cup," said Iraschko-Stolz.
"I watched the girls jumping in Lillehammer, and after that, I knew I need to do better than ever.
"I still don’t know what happened today, but I’m happy.
"I like the hill because it’s a challenge.
"Ljubno is a very special place to me.
"So many people are celebrating ladies ski jumping so this is the best place for ladies ski jumping.
"For me, it’s like the home competition."
Lundby commented: "This whole weekend has been a bit more struggle.
"Here it is very hard to handle the inrun but I manage to work it.
"I’m happy about the second place - I will go home for a week to train and just relax."
Katja Požun, a former member of the FIS Athletes’ Commission, announced the end of her ski jumping career at the age of only 24 after competing in front of the home crowd.
Her team-mate, 26-year-old Eva Logar, has also decided to end her career.
The next event for the women's FIS Ski Jumping World Cup is the individual normal hill competition at Pyeongchang 2018 on February 12.
Slovenian fans were able to celebrate an away win as Anže Semenič took his first win in the ,men's World Cup amidst hugely challenging conditions in the Polish resort of Zakopane.
Semenič benefited from making two strong jumps on a day when many of the favourites, most notably the local hero of the previous day, Kamil Stoch, struggled with the weather.
Stoch, whose final effort, a record for the hill, had ensured Poland won the team competition ahead of Germany, had a bad day in front of his adoring home crowd.
He jumped only 108.5m in the first round, finishing 38th and thus failing to qualify for the second round.
Despite this disappointing result, Stoch showed great sportsmanship and carried on his day in company with the 50 000 fans at the Wielka Krokiew hill.
Semenič, fifth in the first round, finished with 245.6 points thanks to jumps of 134.5m and 137.5m.
"It was a tough competition because of the wind conditions," Semenič, whose best World Cup result before today was an eighth place achieved earlier this season, said.
"But fortunately the wind was in my favour today and so I'm really happy that I could win here in Zakopane.
"I'm very surprised by this result because yesterday I had a lot of problems.
"At the Olympics I just want to show good jumps and then we'll see."
Germany's Andreas Wellinger finished second, Peter Prevc of Slovenia came in third.
The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup is due to continue in the German venue of Willingen next weekend, the final men's competition before Pyeongchang 2018.