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Springer Tournee lands in Park City

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

Brace yourselves for elevated antics and high-flying thrills: The annual Springer Tournee returns to Park City next week for a summer showcase of some of the top ski jumping and Nordic combined talent from across North America.

The Park City Nordic Ski Club will host the first leg of the two-part series starting on Wednesday, July 22, and continuing through Saturday at the Utah Olympic Park.

The Springer Tournee, in its 11th year, consists of four competitions two held in Park City and two held in Calgary, Canada. The event is an adapted summer version of a European competition series that is held each winter in four different countries.

The Springer Tournee is unique in that it brings together athletes exclusively from the U.S. and Canada. "It’s meant to be a partnership between us and Calgary, and it started quite a while ago," says Alan Alborn, program director and head coach for the Park City Nordic Ski Club.

According to Alborn, between 70 and 80 junior and senior athletes between the ages of 8 and 25 will participate in next week’s competition, including about 25 from local organizations such as Women’s Ski Jumping-USA, the U.S. Nordic combined B team and Project X, the men’s ski jumping development program.

Each athlete will compete in two events on the K90, K64, K40, K20 or K10 hills, depending on age group. After the second event, awards will be presented to the best jumpers from each category. Athletes must travel to Calgary and compete in all four competitions to be eligible to win the Springer Tournee title.

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Nordic combined athletes will also compete in a foot race or roller-ski race in place of the cross-country component of the sport. Ages 8 to 15 will run at 6 p.m. on Saturday and ages 16 and older will roller ski at 7 p.m. on the cross-country trails at Soldier Hollow.

The athletes will be training at the Utah Olympic Park from Monday through Saturday, with competitions starting on Wednesday. Admission to the park is free and the public is invited to watch at any time.

The Park City leg of the tournament culminates on Saturday in conjunction with the Festival of Flight put on by the Utah Olympic Park. In addition to the final competitions, the event will feature a barbecue, an aerial splash contest, and a bounce house, face painting and Future Olympian Fun Zone for kids.

A jumping competition for Springer Tournee participants is scheduled for 3 p.m. on the K120 hill, depending on wind conditions. The top 16 jumpers from Friday’s K90 event qualify for this event. "It’s a knock-out event," explains Alborn. "Whoever jumps the farthest keeps going until they are eliminated or end up being the winner."

The Flying Ace All-Stars will perform at 5 p.m. rather than the usual 1 p.m. show time.

For more information on the Park City Nordic Ski Club and the Springer Tournee, visit http://www.pcnordicskiclub.org . For more information about the Festival of Flight at the Utah Olympic Park, call 658-4200 or log on to http://www.olyparks.com.

Training and competition schedule:

  • Monday, July 20

    10 a.m. to noon; 2 to 6 p.m. open training on all hills

  • Tuesday, July 21

    10 a.m. to noon; 2 to 6 p.m. open training on all hills

  • Wednesday, July 22

    10 a.m. to noon open training on all hills

    2 to 6 p.m. open training on small hills

    4 p.m. K64 competition #1

    6 p.m. K90 competition #1

  • Thursday, July 23

    9:30 to 10:15 a.m. open training on small hills

    10 a.m. to noon; 2 to 6 p.m. open training on large hills

    10:30 a.m. small hills competition #1

    6 p.m. cross-county running races at Soldier Hollow (ages 8 to 15)

    7 p.m. roller ski races at Soldier Hollow (16 and older)

  • Friday, July 24

    10 a.m. to noon; 2 to 6 p.m. open training on small hills

    4 p.m. K64 competition #2

    6 p.m. K90 competition #2

  • Saturday, July 25 Festival of Flight

    9:30 to 10:15 a.m. open training on small hills

    10:30 a.m. small hills competition #2

    10 a.m. to noon open training on large hills

    12 to 3 p.m. aerials contest

    12 to 4 p.m. barbecue, beer and bounce house

    1 to 3 p.m. kids 18 and under can try skeleton, luge, freestyle or Nordic jumping

    1 to 4 p.m. face painting

    3 p.m. (depending on weather) K120 jumping competition

    3:30 p.m. School of Rock performs

    5 p.m. Flying Ace All-Stars show

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