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Van wins women's ski jump title

Updated: February 20, 2009, 12:59 PM ET
Associated Press

LIBEREC, Czech Republic -- Lindsey Van of the United States nailed a perfect second jump to become the first women's ski jumping world champion Friday, almost exactly a year after a serious knee injury nearly ended her career.

Van was fourth after the first round but soared 97.5 meters through heavy snow in the second -- by far the longest of the competition -- to finish with 243 points and edge first-round leader Ulrike Graessler of Germany.

"I feel like I'm a pioneer in the sport ...

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