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Eau Claire's Loomis places 41st in first Olympic event

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Eau Claire Olympian Ben Loomis finished 41st out of 47 competitors Wednesday in the first Nordic Combined event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Loomis ranked third among the four Americans, finishing 4 minutes and 29 seconds behind repeat gold medal winner Eric Frenzel of Germany after the 10-kilometer cross country ski race. Loomis completed the 10K race in 29 minutes and 21 seconds.

Nordic Combined is a combination of ski jumping and cross country racing.

Loomis, 19, was in 37th place overall and second among the Americans after the normal hill ski jumping portion of the competition with a jump of 86.5 meters and a score of 79.5 points.

Two-time Olympian Bryan Fletcher led the American contingent in the individual normal hill/10-kilometer competition, finishing 17th to improve upon his 26th-place finish in 2014. Three-time Olympian Taylor Fletcher jumped from his 39th-place finish in ski jumping to 35th after the 10K race. The other American, Jasper Good, finished 45th.

Loomis and the rest of the U.S. Nordic Combined team will return to action Tuesday for the individual large hill/10K competition and then compete again Thursday, Feb. 22, in the men’s team competition, which combines a large hill jump with a 4x5K cross country race.

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