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Johnson, Van win Lake Placid jump competitions

Olympian Anders Johnson and Lindsey Van overcame tricky winds as they dominated the action Saturday night to win the 52nd New Year's Masters Ski Jump.
LAKE PLACID, New York — Olympian Anders Johnson and Lindsey Van overcame tricky winds as they dominated the action Saturday night to win the 52nd New Year's Masters Ski Jump.
    Johnson jumped 90 and 91 meters for 231.0 points with Evan Bliss in second place; Bliss jumped 88 and 80 meters for 198.0 points while another local, Chris Lamb, took third place at 106.5 with jumps of 84 and 84.5 meters before the nighttime crowd of about 1,500.
    Johnson, who — at 16 — was the youngest skier named to the 2006 Olympic team, also clinched the Art Devlin Cup, awarded by the Olympic Regional Development Authority to the skier with the best results for three events: the Fourth of July meet, Flaming Leaves during Columbus Day and the New Year's event.
    "Lake Placid hosts the most events during the year and it's nice to reward consistency all year long," he said. "I like jumping at night. It's awesome and Lake Placid draws good crowds for this. It's always fun jumping in that kind of atmosphere."
    The women started higher on the 90-meter jump and Van went 93 and 96 meters, good for 244.0 points. Next were two Park City High School students — Abby Hughes, in second place with jumps of 86 and 85 meters for 197.0, and Avery Ardovino, who jumped 76 and 79 meters (161.0).
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