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Henrich and Tanaka exceed expectations in Olympic women's ski jumping

Atsuko Tanaka
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According to the Sochi 2014 website, Calgary's Atsuko Tanaka and Taylor Henrich exceeded expectations with very respectable performances in the first ever women's ski jumping competition at the Olympic Winter Games on Tuesday.

Tanaka finished in 12th place in the women's 106m ski jump competition, while Henrich finished in 13th place in Sochi. In the World Cup standings in 2013-14, Henrich was 23rd and Tanaka was 28th.

The competition was won by Carina Vogt of Germany with a score of 247.4, followed by Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria with a silver medal score of 246.2 and Coline Mattel of France with a bronze medal score of 245.2.

The fact that women's ski jumping was a full medal sport for only the first time at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games was quite frankly shocking--especially when you consider ski jumping made its Olympic debut at the 1924 Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix.