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Canada's Alexandria Loutitt claims World Cup ski jumping silver

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — Canada's Alexandria Loutitt earned World Cup silver in women's ski jumping action on Sunday.

The Calgary native totalled 267.5 points to finish just behind France's Josephine Pagnier, who had 272.4 points in the large hill competition.

Norway's Eirin Maria Kvandal took bronze with 252.8 points.

“It was good today. My performance was better overall, and I am happy to have been able to achieve my personal goals in addition to the results-based ones”, said Loutitt, who was the top qualifier in both competitions in Lillehammer.

“Yesterday, I was upset because I missed out on what I wanted to do results wise because I didn’t achieve my personal goals technically, but I was able to do that today.”

Fellow Calgary native Abigail Strate finished 13th with 221.9 points.

It was the second medal of the season-opening World Cup weekend for the 19-year-old Loutitt, who also grabbed bronze on Saturday in the normal hill event.

Loutitt had 241.6 points to finish behind Pagnier (242.7) and Japan's Yuki Ito (244.6).

Loutitt entered the season as the reigning world champion, having won gold in March in Slovenia.

In addition, she also helped Canada earn its first Olympic medal in ski jumping with a bronze in the mixed team competition at the Beijing Games in 2022.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 3, 2023.

The Canadian Press