Tuesday, October 16, 2018

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Ski jumping: Loomis just misses medal at junior worlds

Ben Loomis left the Nordic World Ski Championships one-tenth of a second too late.

That was the margin that cost him a second medal in final Nordic combined action Saturday at Kandersteg, Switzerland.

In a race to the finish line in the large hill 5K event led by Vid Vrhovnik of Slovenia, he battled Domink Terzer of Austria and Jay Vytrval of the Czech Republic for second and third place.

“We were all together the last half-K battling for the third spot,” Loomis said by phone from Kandersteg. “We both lunged, and I was just a little too late.”

Terzer took second just 4.9 seconds behind winner Vrhovnik, who toured the course in 11 minutes, 28 seconds. Vytrval grabbed the bronze, finishing less than a second back at 5.4 seconds behind and Loomis finished at 5.5 seconds for fourth place.

Eau Claire’s 19-year-old Flying Eagle had the consolation of turning in the fastest 5K cross country time of 11:07.3.

After the jump portion, in which he finished seventh with a jump of 100½ meters (330 feet), he started 27 seconds behind the jump leader, Germany’s Luis Lehnert, who had a jump of 101 meters (331 feet) in the extremely close jumping competition.

“You have to be really quick to make up time in a 5K race,” Loomis said. “I was pleased with my race.”

Loomis had taken the bronze medal in Tuesday’s large hill 10K race, finishing behind winner Andrej Pazout of the Czech Republic and Norway’s Einar Oftebro, who was second. They finished in fifth and sixth place behind Loomis on Saturday.

“It was frustrating that I was so close today,” Loomis said. “But overall, I’m pretty happy with fourth place and my skiing here this week.”

The second American was Stephen Schumann of Park City, Utah. He took 18th, 1:18 behind the winner. Jared Shumate was 40th, 3:05 back, while Tucker Hoefler was 5:50 behind in 55th place. Both are from Steamboat Springs, Colo.

Loomis and his teammates will fly out of Munich on Tuesday for Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the Olympic Games, which begin later in the week.

— In team ski jumping, the United States placed 12th and Flying Eagle Andrew Urlaub had a jump of 80 meters (266 feet) for 85.6 points to rank as the second-best U.S. skier. Urlaub, 16, was one of the 12 youngest entries in the field of 52 skiers.

Chicago’s Casey Larson led the team with a jump of 86½ meters (284 feet), good for 101.3 points. Steamboat Springs’ Decker Dean followed with 79.1 points and Chicago’s Hunter Gibson had 73.8 points.

— In U.S, Cup action at Westby on Friday night, Nik Fabijan of Slovenia was the winner with jumps of 120 and 121½ meters (394-396 feet) for 262.9 points, besting Elias Vanska of Finland who had jumps of 115-119 meters (377-390).

Ben Dowling led Flying Eagles entries by taking fourth in U20 Junior Class. He had jumps of 98-102 meters (322-335) for 188.2 points. 

The Junior winner was Patrick Gasienica of Chicago, who had jumps of 117-116½ meters (384-383 feet) for 248.5 points.

Flying Eagles Landon and Carter Lee finished in the top 10. Landon had jumps of 86 and 87½ meters and Carter 73 and 75.


 

JUNIOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

Nordic Combined

At Kandersteg, Switzerland

Normal Hill Individual

Gundersen 5K

1, Vid Vrhovnik, Slovenia, 11:28.8; 2, Dominik Terzer, Austria, +00.04.9 behind; 3, Jan Vytrval, Czech, +00.05.4; 4, Ben Loomis, Flying Eagles, +00:05.5; 5, Einar Oftebro, Norway, +00:18.4; 6, Ondrej Pazout, Czech, +00:23.4; 7, Luis Lehnert, Germany, 00:23.5; 8, Johannes Lamparter, Austria, +00:30.4; 9, Aaron Kostner, Italy, +00:43.6; 10, Jens Oftebro, Norway, +00:44.5.

Other Americans: 18, Stephen Schumann, Park City, Utah, +01:18; 40. Jared Shumate, Steamboat Springs, Colo., +03:08; 55, Tucker Hoefler, Steamboat Springs, +05:50.

Combined Ski jumping

1, Lehnert, 101 meters (331 feet), 126.6; 2, Terzer 101½ (333), 125.7; 3, Vrhovnik, 100½ (330), 125.1; 4,Vytrval, 101½ (333),124.1; 5, Simen Kvarstad, Norway, 98 (322), 121.8; 6, Pazout, 98 (322), 120.3; 7, Loomis, 100½ (330), 119.9; 7, Lamparter, 93 (322),119.9; 9, Kodal Kimura, Japan, 100½ (330), 118.9; 10, Sakutaro Kobayashi, Japan, 96 (315),118.2.

Ski Jumping

Team — 1, Germany, 1,068.5; 2, Austria, 1,063.7; 3, Norway 1,037.0; 12, United States 339.8. (Decker Dean, Steamboat Springs 79½ (261),79.1; Hunter Gibson, Chicago, 75 (246),73.8; Andrew Urlaub, Flying Eagles, 80 (262), 85.6; Casey Larson, Chicago 86½ (284),101.3.)

U.S. Cup

At Westby

Friday’s results

Senior Class — 1, Nik Fabijan, Slovenia, jumps of 120 and 121½ meters (394 and 396 feet) for 262.9 total points; 2, Elias Vanska, Finland, 115-119 (377-390), 257.9; 3, Jost Susnik, Slovenia, 115-117 (377-384), 252.3; 4, Espen Ericksen, Norway, 113-111 (371-364), 237.9; 5, Jonas Viken, Norway 109-114 (358-374), 231.6.

U20 Junior — 1, Patrick Gasienica, Chicago, 117-116½, 248.5; 2, Ben Kaiser, Chicago, 109-110 (358-361), 218.9; 3, Noah Pollard, Madison, 103-106 (338-348), 188.2; 4, Ben Dowling, Flying Eagles, 98-102 (322-335), 188.2; 5, Shane Kocher, Madison, 93-102 (305-335), 177.2; 7, Landon Lee, Flying Eagles, 86-87½ (282-287), 132.5; 10, Carter Lee, Flying Eagles, 73-75 (240-246), 84.6.

Masters — 1, Cooper Dodds, Westby, 106-104 (348-341), 206.2.

U20 Female — 1, Mollie Immens, Chicago, 76-87½ (249-287), 114.0.


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