It was a busy weekend for the USA Nordic Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined squads with teams competing in four locations over the weekend!
In WC ski jumping, Canadian Mackenzie- Boyd Clowes led the way with a 29th on Sunday. Kevin Bickner, Will Rhodes, and Mike Glasder all qualified on Saturday. AJ Brown, fininished 20th on Saturday leading the US jumpers at a very competitive FIS Cup in Notodden, Norway!
In the Ramsau, Austria Nordic Combined World Cup, Taylor Fletcher led the way scoring points both days. On Sunday, Taylor finished in 22nd place with the 3rd fastest race time, though at one point in the race he was in 8th position. Bryan scored points on Saturday, but got tangled up in a pile up on Sunday and sill barely missed the top 30. Ramsau is characterized as a roller derby and any who watched the race on NBC Sports saw that nearly 40 skiers were all together coming into the finish!
In Klingenthal, Germany, The Bens led a strong continental cup Nordic Combined team both getting points all three days. Ben Loomis led the way with an 8th on Saturday and a 5th on Sunday. Ben Berend finished 8th in an unusual 5k comp on Friday and continued the run with a 15th and 25th over the week-end. All four Americans scored points over the weekend a first for Jasper Good and Stephen Schumann in a European based COC.
Our World cup ski jumpers will be back at it on Dec. 29th in Obersdorf, Germany with the first comp of the Four-Hills Tournament. WC Nordic Combiners will compete next in Lahti, Finland (the site of the upcoming World Championships) on January 7th. Stay Tuned!!