Nick Mattoon’s big season has paid off — he has been selected to return to Europe for Continental Cup competition this weekend.
The 19-year-old Flying Eagle got his chance when U.S. Team member Nick Alexander injured a knee preparing for the World Championships in Sweden and can not jump in the large hill event Thursday. He was replaced by Mike Glasder and that opened the door for Mattoon, the U.S. Cup series champion who has piled up 177 FIS Cup points in international competition.
“It was windy and we struggled at Iron Mountain, but I feel good about another chance for the COCs,” said Mattoon, in town this week. “I feel confident I can jump with them (Europeans) and score some points.”
He will jump on the U.S. Team with Anders Johnson of Park City, Utah, and Kevin Bickner of Chicago, this weekend at Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, and the following weekend at Seefeld, Austria.
— Four younger Flying Eagles sewed up Central Division victories in the nine-tournament U.S. Cup Junior Series last weekend at Coleraine, Minn.
They are Landon Lee, Riley Steuernagel, Stewart Gundry and Carter Lee.
Landon Lee placed third Sunday to take the Under-14 class with jumps of 31 and 32½ meters (107-108 feet) on the 40-meter hill at Coleraine, while Carter Lee took fifth in U-12 with jumps of 18½-20 (61-66) on the 20-meter but it was good enough to win the series.
Steuernagel placed second in U-14 Female on the 40-meter with jumps 26-27 meters (85-89) and won her series division, while Stewart Gundry won the U-10 male with jumps of 8½-7½ meters (28-25) to clinch his Central Division title. For full Flying Eagles results see scoreboard.
— Adam Hamler suffered a broken foot playing volleyball while waiting to ski last weekend at Iron Mountain and is out for the season. That leaves Flying Eagles entries for the Junior Nationals at Steamboat Springs, Colo., next week at defending champion Ben Loomis, Nate Mattoon, Ben Dowling, Andrew Urlaub and Emilee Anderson.