USSA Ski Jumping SuperTour to feature 8 events
The USSA Ski Jumping SuperTour will have eight events this season, U.S. Nordic Director Luke Bodensteiner announced, including one just concluded this weekend in Lake Placid, New York — part of the annual Flaming Leaves autumn celebration in the two-time Olympic village.
Bodensteiner said the SuperTour will be used in part to determine athletes heading to this season's Continental Cup jumping, FIS Cup (events in Europe and Japan) and Junior World Championships Feb. 29-March 4 in Tarvisio, Italy. "The SuperTour is important because it gives us an opportunity to stage high-quality competitions, and we always need good domestic events," he said.
The three events at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex on the outskirts of Lake Placid double as SuperTour meets and form the Art Devlin Cup, the series-within-a-series honoring the late Lake Placid Olympic jumper and former U.S. champion. Two-time Olympic jumper Clint Jones won the first SuperTour (and Devlin Cup) event on July 3; he faced strong competition Saturday, especially from local favorite Bill Demong (Vermontville, N.Y.), a three-time Olympic nordic combined skier and the 2001 U.S. normal hill jumping gold medalist.
The 2007 USSA Ski Jumping SuperTour schedule
July 3 - Lake Placid, N.Y. (100-meter hill at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex)
Aug. 5 - Park City, Utah (100-meter hill at Utah Olympic Park)
Sept. 17 - Fox River Grove, Ill. (70-meter hill at Norge Ski Club)
Oct. 7 - Lake Placid, N.Y. (100-meter hill, Olympic Ski Jumping Complex)
Dec. 31 - Lake Placid, N.Y. (100-meter hill, Olympic Ski Jumping Complex)
Jan. 21 - Fox River Grove, Ill. (70-meter hill at Norge Ski Club)
Jan. 26 - Eau Claire, Wis. (100-meter jump at Silver Mine Hill)
Feb. 25 - Ishpeming, Mich. (100-meter hill at Suicide Bowl)