LAKE PLACID - Anders Johnson of Park City, Utah jumped to a first-place finish Saturday in the summer 90-meter ski jump competition held at the Olympic Jumping Complex.
Under partly sunny skies, a swirling breeze and temperatures pushing into 80s, the 2010 Olympian soared to jumps of 98 meters and 95.5 for 258.5 points. The win gives Johnson the early lead in the three-event series in the annual chase for the Art Devlin Cup.
The reigning two-time Art Devlin Cup champion Nick Fairall of Andover, N.H. tallied jumps of 97 and 95.5 to finish second with 254 points. Brian Wallace was just a half point behind Fairall with 253.5 points after his two jumps. Wallace followed his first round jump of 92.5 with a second round effort of 96.
Anders Johnson, a 2010 Olympian, jumps during the second round of Saturday’s 90-meter summer ski jump competition held at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex in Lake Placid.
(Enterprise photo — Lou Reuter)
Last summer's champion, Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake, missed Saturday's competition due to a shoulder injury he sustained while mountain biking in New Hampshire, where he was for a training camp.
Zach Daniel soared to the junior crown Saturday. The nordic combined athlete impressed the crowd with jumps of 88 and 94.
Miles Lussi of Lake Placid came away from Saturday's junior competition with the silver medal after jumps of 75.5 and 90.
The chase for the Art Devlin Cup continues Saturday, Oct. 8 with the 11th annual Flaming Leaves Festival. The 2011 champion will be crowned at the Masters Ski Jumping competition in December.
Several of these athletes will also compete in the weekly Soaring Saturday competitions at the Olympic Jumping Complex. The weekly series kicks off next Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults and $9 for juniors and seniors.