Japan's Sara Takanashi wins her fourth straight women's World Cup event
Jan 3, 12:15pm EST
Sara Takanashi of Japan won her fourth consecutive individual World Cup event on Friday in Chaikovsky, Russia. Takanashi started the World Cup season with a win a mixed team event (non-Olympic event). Takanashi has now won 10 of her last 12 World Cup events dating back to last season.
Carina Vogtof Germany finished only .9 points off Takanashi and ended up second in the event. The best World Cup finish of her career.
Russian jumper Irina Avvakumova finished third in front of her home crowd. Avvakumova has now finished on the podium in her last three consecutive World Cup events.
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France's Coline Mattel was slated fourth, her best finish of the 2013-2014 World Cup season.