Olympics: Takanashi shows off dominance as history beckons
ROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AFP) - Japanese teen star Sara Takanashi showed she had conquered the normal hill in Rosa Khutor on Monday, displaying her best training performance so far, a day before women's ski jumping makes its historic Olympic debut.
The 17-year-old World Cup leader jumped over 100 metres in all three training jumps, finishing first in two.
Austria's Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, her closest rival, won the second jump and finished third in both others.
Tuesday's competition - the first time women's ski jumping will feature at the Olympic Games - looks set to be a face-off between the Japanese teenager and the 30-year-old Austrian.