Ripp to compete at Nordic combined national championships

Paul Smith’s Aidan Ripp soars in the air during the Lake Placid Continental Cup on Saturday at the Olympic Jumping Complex. (Enterprise photos — Parker O’Brien)

PAUL SMITHS — Paul Smith’s College student-athlete Aidan Ripp will be ski jumping in the USA Nordic Sport National Championships this weekend at the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid.

The event is being billed as “Jumpapalooza” with two days of competition on the ski jumps. Performing well at the USA Nordic Sport National Championships will help Ripp qualify to represent the USA Nordic team for the Nordic combined at the upcoming 2023 World University Games, which will take place in Lake Placid in January.

“Speaking on behalf of the entire Paul Smith’s College community, we’re rooting for our phenomenal student-athlete, Aidan Ripp, as he competes for a spot in the upcoming World University Games,” PSC President Nicholas Hunt-Bull said in a statement. “Students, like Aidan, have these opportunities because of Paul Smith’s College’s partnership with USA Nordic, a one-of-a-kind partnership that links a world-class education to world-class training.”

Ripp, of Cloquet, Minnesota, will be looking to pick up where he left off last year, which proved to be a historic season highlighted by an 11th place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials, winning the USCSA Individual National Championship and leading the Paul Smith’s College team to their first ever combined men’s team National Championship.

Ripp also had stellar performances in Bejing, China at the FIS Continental Cup hosted in December 2021 with top 25 finishes in those international events.

“It’s been a solid start to the fall and it was great to get some high-quality racing in right here in the Adirondacks last weekend in the Castle Conquest,” Ripp said. “I’m super proud of how the entire time that competed performed and I feel great with my results. I’m really excited to continue the momentum and participate in the USA Nordic Championships this week in Lake Placid. With the World University Games just over a hundred days away, I’m hoping to perform well and earn a spot on the U.S. team.”


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