V is for Van and victory at season finale
It’s always good to go out on top.
That was the way Parkite Lindsey Van decided to go as she and the entire American contingent of women’s ski jumpers wrapped up their Continental Cup season this week in Vaaler, Norway.
Van won in convincing fashion on the K90 with 121.5 points on her first jump and 131 points on the second for a combined total of 252. 5 points, which put her ahead of second-place winner Line Jahr of Norway by a whopping 21 points. Ulrike Grassler of Germany took third with 229 total points.
"They were just good jumps," said head coach Casey Colby. "The conditions weren’t great, but she’s tough enough to get through."
Colby said that the more stronger and more experienced women generally fare better in bad weather conditions.
Jessica Jerome had the next highest U.S. finish with eighth after a short second jump took her out of second place. Alissa Johnson finished in 11th place and Abby Hughes took 16th place.
Although Van’s victory is third in just a matter of weeks after winning twice in Japan, Colby was more pleased with the overall performance of his team for the season.
"Generally, we still have more people in the top group," Colby said. "There are 15 American girls in the top 15 in overall standings. No one else can come close to that."
The women will now take a break from competition until the summer jumping season gets underway in late July.
For complete results, visit http://www.womensskijumpingusa.com.
Other top Parkites
Other Park City jumpers also finished out the winter on top. In the 2006 Junior Olympic competition in Lebanon, N.H., Avery Ardovino took gold in the jumping competition with jumps of 49.0 meters and 50.5 meters on the Storrs Hill K50 meter jump
Ardovino, who jumps for the National Sports Foundation based out of the Utah Olympic Park, was not the only Nordic competitor to do well at the competition. Andrew Jerome took sixth in the boys class with jumps of 49.5 and 50.5 meters. Michael Odernheimer took ninth with jumps of 47 and 48 meters. The trio, plus Nick Hendrickson took third in the mixed team jumping competition with 635.5 team points.
In Nordic combined action, Odernheimer and Hendrickson took bronze with 202.5 total points.
For complete results, visit.www.skijumpeast.com
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