Rasnov, Romania & Stams, Austria (September 18, 2022) – Men’s Ski Jumping kept their momentum rolling after starting the season off strong in Lillehammer. Andrew Urlaub and Decker Dean competed at the Summer Grand Prix (SGP) in Rasnov, Romania, with Casey Larson and Erik Belshaw competing at the Continental Cup (COC) in Stams, Austria. Urlaub, Dean and Larson were all able to come away with new personal bests in their individual competitions.
Starting the weekend off at the Rasnov Summer Grand Prix, Urlaub and Dean competed in the first-ever HS97 “Super Team” competition. The Super Team event is a duo competition, consisting of three competitions, in which each nation can only enter one team. All submitted duos take part in the first round, twelve teams then advance to the second round, with the eight best teams advancing to the final round.
In the first round, Dean was able to jump to 88.5 meters (107.2 points) with Urlaub going 89.0 meters (106.1 points), to advance to the second round. In the second round, Dean improved with a 92.5 meter jump (110.9 points), with Urlaub improving as well with a 92.0 meter jump (114.3 points). Advancing to the final round, Dean then jumped to 91.0 meters (108.9 points), with Urlaub going 91.5 meters (117.2 points). The duo of Dean and Urlaub finished 7th overall out of 13 teams.
Moving on to the HS97 individual competition, Urlaub was able to come out of the gate with a 91.5 meter jump (112.0 points) in the first round. Dean then followed with a 94.0 meter jump of his own (115.0 points). In the final round, Urlaub recorded a 93.0 meter jump (115.7 points), to put him in 13th place to end the day, a new SGP personal best for Urlaub. Dean was close behind, notching a 90.0 meter jump (107.7 points) to finish 17th overall, a new SGP personal best for Dean as well.
The Continental Cup in Stams, Austria, started the weekend off with the HS115 individual competition. Larson got things rolling with a 101.5 meter jump (112.8) in the first round, with Belshaw going 103.5 meters (105.9 points). In the final round, Larson was able to record a 109.5 meter jump (112.4 points), putting him in 17th place to end the competition. Belshaw then jumped to 103.0 meters in the final round (100.8 points) securing a 26th place finish.
The final event at the Stams COC, was another HS115 individual competition. In the first round, Larson was able to jump to 98.0 meters (108.9 points), followed by a 111.5 meter jump in the final round (118.4 points). Totaling 227.3 points, Larson was able to finish the day in 10th place, a new COC personal best.
“Conditions were tough in Stams, with bad weather forecasted for Sunday, the Jury decided to try for 2 competitions on Saturday,” said Men’s and Women’s Ski Jumping Coach, Trevor Edlund. “Both Erik and Casey showed strong jumps, finishing 26th and 17th. The second competition was a bit tough, with changing wind directions. However, Casey showed a solid second round performance securing a 10th place finish and a new personal best COC result.”