U.S. jumper takes bronze at World Juniors; Williams tops for U.S. in XC sprint

U.S. jumper takes bronze at World Juniors; Williams tops for U.S. in XC sprint{mosimage}USSA — American ski jumper Lindsey Van took the bronze medal Saturday in the women’s K90 event at the World Nordic Junior Championships with teammate Jessica Jerome in fourth place. Norwegian Anette Sagen won with jumps of 102.5 and 99.5 meters for 268.0 points.

Germany’s Ulrike Gaessler was silver medalist (96-93 meters) at 241.0 with Van, 19, jumping 93.5 and 90 meters for 238.0. Jerome, who turns 17 on Sunday, jumped 93 and 89.5 for 233.0 points.

The other U.S. jumpers in the 12-skier field were 15-year-old Brenna Ellis, who jumped 77 and 79.5 meters to finish ninth with 162.0 points, and Alissa Johnson, 16, who went 76 and 77 meters for 151.5 and 10th place.

Also on Saturday, cross-country skier Lindsay Williams posted the top U.S. result, finishing 14th with Katie Ronsse 15th behind Norway’s Astrid Oevstedal in the women’s freestyle sprint.

Robin Bryntesson of Sweden was the men’s sprint gold medalist with no U.S. skier making the finals (top 16 qualifiers). Beau Baldock of Middlebury College had the best U.S. result, finishing 27th in the field of 83 in qualifying.

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