KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia -- Carina Vogt of Germany won women's ski jumping's first-ever Olympic gold medal Tuesday.
Sara Takanashi, the World Cup leader in the sport, had been the heavy favorite heading into the Sochi Games, but the 22-year-old Vogt performed when it counted, scoring 247.4 points for the win.
Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria took silver and Colin Mattell of France earned bronze. Takanashi was left in a disappointing fourth.
Vogt had been quiet in training runs, allowing Takanashi and Iraschko-Stolz to take much of the hype as they dueled for supremacy ahead of the final.