The Yomiuri Shimbun KRASNAYA POLYANA—Sara Takanashi’s voice was so weak it was as if she was fading away.
“I wasn’t able to show anything good today. I’m totally disappointed,” the 17-year-old said after finishing fourth in women’s jumping Tuesday.
It was nearly impossible to predict that Takanashi, who won 10 of 13 World Cup events this season, would miss the podium.
Takanashi was third after her first jump, in which she flew 100 meters for 124.1 points. She sought to rally from the position, but her second jump apparently failed—the 98.5-meter jump earned 118.9 points, or ninth in the ranking. Takanashi had to watch her rivals, all of whom she beat so many times at the World Cup, receive bouquets on the podium.