Adam Loomis scored his first Nordic combined World Cup points of the season Sunday at Hakuba, Japan. But the effort came too late to make the U.S. team for the Olympics.
The 25-year old Flying Eagle had a jump of 102 2 meters (337 feet) and went on to post the eighth best cross country time of 24 minutes, 37.9 seconds to finish 24th, 3:03 behind winner Jan Schmid of Norway. Ben Berend, Steamboat Springs, Colo., was the next American in 31st place, 4:28 behind the winner.
—.Andrew Urlaub was a member of the four-person U.S. team that finished 10th among 14 teams in the Nordic Junior World ski championships on Sunday at Kandersteg, Switzerland
Urlaub had a jump of 72 meters (236 feet) on a team that was led by Chicago’s Casey Larson, who had a jump of 94 meters (308 feet). The female members were Logan Sankey and Annika Belshaw, both of Steamboat.
The winning Norwegian team was led by Marius Lindvik, who won the male individual jumping competition earlier in the week. He had jumps of 103 (338 feet) and 106 2 (350).
— Flying Eagles Landon Lee and Carter Lee placed in U20 junior jlass Saturday at Westby. Landon had jumps of 79 and 75 meters (259-246 feet) to rank fifth with 90.4 points while Carter finsihed 11th.
Ben Dowling, who placed fourth Friday with a long jump of 102 meters (335 feet), fell on his first ride of 93 meters (305) feet and did not take a second ride. He placed seventh.
Patrick Gasienica of Chicago was the U20 winner with jumps 114-103 meters (374-338 feet) for 211.8 points.
— In a tournament held under challenging weather conditions, Elias Vanska of Finland won the open class and unofficially claimed the 5-Hills championship. He had jumps of 117-93 meters (384-308 feet) for 212.7 points to 182.2 for runnerup Nik Fabijan, Slovenia. Fabijan had the long jump of the day with a first ride of 118 meters (387 feet) but fell back to 77 meters on his second ride.
In the 5-Hills series, which began at Silver Mine Hill January 20, Vanska is believed to have won an extremely close battle with Fabijan, scoring 1,235.2 points to 1,228.8 for Fabijan.