12 Feb 2014

German wins first ever women's Olympic ski jumping competition

9:14 am on 12 February 2014

Carina Vogt of Germany has made history as the first ever women's Olympic ski jumping champion, marking the triumphant end of a 13-year fight by female athletes to take part in the Games.

The 22-year-old German world number two collapsed to the snow in tears when she the scoreboard showed that her second jump of 97.5 metres, the last of the competition, had been just enough to beat Austrian veteran Daniela Iraschko-Stolz.

Vogt has never won a World Cup jumping event.

In a major surprise, 18-year-old Coline Mattel of France took the bronze edging out runaway world number one and favourite Sara Takanashi of Japan.