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Van makes ski jumping history

AMERICAN Lindsey Van became the first ever women's ski jumping world champion after nailing a perfect second jump to edge Ulrike Graessler of Germany.

Van was fourth after the first round in Liberic, the Czech Republic, but soared 97.5 meters through heavy snow in the second -- by far the longest of the competition - to finish with 243 points.

Women's ski jumping is making its debut at this year's Nordic skiing world championships and the sport is hoping to earn a spot on the Olympic program for Sochi 2014 in Russia.


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