Planica, Slovenia (February 25, 2023) – Men’s Nordic Combined competed in their first event at the 2023 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Planica, Slovenia, earlier today. Ben Loomis, Niklas Malacinski, Stephen Schumann and Jared Shumate represented the United States in the HS100/10km World Championship, as Loomis was able to come away with a new World Championships personal best.
Starting off the day on the hill, Loomis was able to notch a 92.0 meter jump for 102.9 points, placing him 24th overall for the start of the 10km race. Malacinski was close behind in 27th, as he jumped to 91.0 meters for 100.6 points. Schumann and Shumate followed, as Schumann placed 40th overall (84.5 meters, 86.5 points) and Shumate placed 42nd (83.5 meters, 83.7 points).
Later in the day, during the 10km race, Loomis was able to earn a new World Championships personal best. Loomis finished the course in 25:22.4, placing 27th overall. Malacinski followed in 31st place (25:58.4), with Schumann coming in 36th (25:49.2) and Shumate coming in 37th (25:53.2).
“Overall I’m happy with the competition today,” said USA Nordic Athlete, Ben Loomis. “I know I have more to show, but it was still great to put down a solid day.”
“It will be really exciting to have the mixed team relay debut at World Championships tomorrow,” said Men’s Nordic Combined Team Director, Nick Hendrickson. “We look forward to building on our results from today.”
Loomis and Malacinski will be back in action tomorrow, as they will compete in the Mixed Team HS100/4x5km Event with Annika Malacinski and Alexa Brabec. The competition will be streamed on skiandsnowboard.live, with the first jumper taking the hill at 4:30am EST.
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