Ben Loomis stood out again and Andrew Urlaub got his first taste of big-time competition Thursday in the Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Kandersteg, Switzerland.
Loomis led the United States to a seventh-place finish among 13 teams in the Nordic combined team event.
The 19-year-old Flying Eagle, who took third in the individual event Tuesday, had the second-longest jump of 99½ meters (327 feet) and teamed with Stephen Schumann of Park City, Utah, to lead the way. Schumann had a strong cross country run, finishing in 13 minutes, 41 seconds, while Loomis came in at 14:23.
The U.S. finished 3:36 behind the winning Austrian team that posted a time of 56:33. Germany was second and Norway third.
The final Nordic combined event is a normal hill jump and 5K race on Saturday.
Urlaub, 16, was one of the 12 youngest entries in a field of 63 ski jumpers and came in 50th place as the second ranking American. He had a jump of 73½ meters (242 feet).
Chicago’s Casey Larson led the U.S. by taking 12th place with jumps of 95 and 93½ meters (312-307 feet) for 248.5 total points.
Dominating the event was Norway’s Marius Lindvik, who outjumped the field with rides of 108½ and 101 meters (356-331 feet). Germany’s Constantin Schmid was second and Austria’s Clemens Leitner third.
A team event is scheduled for today.
— In U.S. Cup and 5-Hills competition at Minneapolis on Wednesday night, Nate Mattoon won U20 Junior Class with jumps of 69 and 74½ Meters (226-245 feet) with Flying Eagles teammate Ben Dowling second on jumps of 64 and 68 meters (210-223 feet). Flying Eagles Stewart Gundry took fourth and Logan Gundry fifth.
The 5-Hills winner was Slovenian Nik Fabijan, who increased his series lead in the fourth competition. He had jumps of 82 and 79½ meters (269-261 feet) good for 278.3 points. The 5-Hill series finishes this weekend at Westby.