LAKE PLACID - Miles Lussi, the field's youngest competitor, jumped the furthest and took home the gold medal from Wednesday's Fourth of July 90-meter ski jumping competition held at the Olympic Jumping Complex.
The 14-year-old from Lake Placid soared 100 and 95 meters to take first place and the lead in the chase for the 2012 Art Devlin Cup.
Wednesday's competition included three rounds of jumping. The best jump from the first two rounds was added to the third round score to determine the order of finish. Christian Friberg of Roseville, Minn. soared to an opening round jump of 97 meters and a final round jump of 85 meters to place second with 182 points, which was 13 points behind Lussi.
Mike Glasder of Cary, Ill. combined jumps of 90 meters, in the first round, and 91 meters in the finals to finish just one point behind Friberg in third place.
The Art Devlin Cup series resumes, Saturday, Oct. 6, at the Olympic Jumping Complex with the Flaming Leaves ski jump competition. The 2012 champion will be crowned on Jan. 28.
The Art Devlin Cup honors legendary U.S. ski jumper and Lake Placid native Art Devlin. Devlin competed in the 1948, 1952 and 1956 Olympic Winter Games. Devlin was also commissioned in the Army Air Corps during World War II and flew 50 missions over Germany, before moving to the broadcast booth, where he spent more than 20 years as a ski jump analyst for CBS and ABC television. He passed away in April 2004.