Nordic champs at UOP
Utah Olympic Park (UOP) and Soldier Hollow are teaming up to hold the 2011 U.S. Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships this weekend, giving Parkites the chance to see some of the nation’s best winter athletes duke it out in the summer heat.
It’s the third year that the nordic championships have been held during the summer. The first two were held at the Olympic village of Lake Placid, N.Y., where there is only a K90 water jump. In addition to a K90, the UOP features the only K120 jump in the United States.
Friday saw the normal hill ski jumping competitions at UOP and a roller-ski event on a track around Utah Olympic Park to conclude the nordic combined "sprint" exhibition. Peter Frenette and Parkite Lindsey Van were crowned 2011 normal hill champions.
On Saturday, the "Festival of Flight" will be held on the large hill in the afternoon. Jumping will be held on small jumps at 9 a.m. in the 12th annual Springer Tournee, hosted by the Park City Nrodic Ski Club.
Two events will be held on each jump, with top jumpers expected from all over the continent. At 2 p.m., a standing ski jump competition will be held on the K120 Olympic jump. The Flying Ace All Stars will then perform at 5 p.m. in the splash pool.
Schedule to appear in the "Olympic Fun Zone" are Olympians Scott Bahrke, Shannon Bahrke, Rebekah Bradford, Brett Camerota, Lauren Cholewinski, Emily Cook, Valerie Fleming, Steven Holcomb, Derek Parra, Shauna Rohbock, Lacy Schnoor, Bill Schuffenhauer and Megan Sweeney.
On Sunday, the large hill ski jumping will start with trial rounds at 9 a.m. at the UOP, followed in the evening by a 10K roller-ski event at Soldier Hollow that will crown the U.S. nordic combined large hill champion. Last year, Todd Lodwick won the event.
2010 Olympic nordic combined medalists Billy Demong, Johnny Spillane, Brett Camerota and Todd Lodwick will compete in both the ski jumping and nordic combined events.
Jessica Jerome is the defending champion on the women’s side, where virtually the whole field calls Park City home.
Admission to all events is free. For more details, log onto pcnordicskiclub.org.
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