HARRIS HILL ON TAP FOR US JUMPERS ON FIS CUP
By Pete Graves, Public Relations and Communications Director, USA Ski Jumping
Published on 02/11/13
BRATTLEBORO, VT–February 12, 2013– The possibilities for USA ski jumpers are endless and promising as they now travel to Brattleboro, VT for the 2013 Harris Hill ski jump coming up February 16-17. Most of the US athletes will be traveling in from this past weekend’s FIS Continental Cup at Iron Mountain, MI. And they are ready to display their growing prowess.
USA Coach Casey Colby–himself a ski jumping Olympian–announced today a large number of top USA jumpers that will be compete this weekend at the famed 90-meter jump that has been the site for some 18 USA National Championships over its history.
Included among the American athletes taking part are top USA Continental Cup performers like Nick Fairall, Chris Lamb and Mike Glasder, along with a host of top domestic talents like Brian Wallace, Will Rhoads, Nick Mattoon, Hyrum Bailey, Kevin Bickner, AJ Brown, Trevor Edlund, Christian Friberg, Alex Haupt, Tyler Hutchins, Casey Larson, Dillon Maurer, Trevor Wert and Miles Lussi. The only top Americans who will be absent are “A” Team members Peter Frenette and Anders Johnson who will continue to compete on the FIS World Cup tour in Europe.
Both Nick Fairall and Chris Lamb of Andover, NH have come off weekend placings of 28 and 29th respectively at Iron Mountain. Mike Glasder (Cary, IL) has been impressive in recent weeks winning the US Cup in Westby, WI. Lamb, who currently resides in Trondheim, Norway where he attends college, also placed a strong 24th in a COC in Neustadt, GER recently. In addition, the talented Fairall has also taken a strong 17th on January 13th in a COC in Sapporo, JPN.
“This represents a huge step forward for us in terms of the number of USA ski jumpers that are jumping at a very high level right now. It’s a large contingent for us to bring, and we are looking to compete well against the Europeans that will be on-hand. This demonstrates the continued growth of US jumping, which we are very excited about,” said Coach Colby, in making the team announcement.
Again this year, top international flyers will go head to head against the USA squad and the field will be deep with talent. Harris Hill is among the oldest venues in the nation, with construction of the first jump starting back in 1922. The hill was re-built for the 2009 season and was brought up to current exacting standards of the FIS for modern ski jumping.
Gates open both days at 10AM, with competition starting at 11AM both days. The event will also be the next stop on the coveted US Cup, the top domestic circuit for the sport in the nation.
USA Ski Jumping will also be selling official logo products over the weekend and will be hosting a global webcast of the event.