The chase for ski jumping’s Art Devlin Cup continued today, Saturday, Oct. 8, as the United States’ best jumpers took to Lake Placid’s 90-meter ski jump to compete in the annual Flaming Leaves Festival. Soaring through the smell of barbecue in the air, and the sound of Blues music in the background, Anders Johnson (Park City, Ut.) flew to a first place finish and maintained his overall lead in the three event standings. The 2010 Olympian recorded jumps of 102.5 meters and 94.5 for 260.5 points.
Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake), who missed the July 4 event because of a shoulder injury, bounced back with a second place finish. Frenette, also a 2010 Olympian, tallied jumps of 102 and 90.5 on his way to 250.5 points.
The reigning two-time Art Devlin Cup champion Nick Fairall (Andover, N.H.) grabbed the festival’s third place finish after soaring to jumps of 100 and 87. His efforts earned him 244.0 points.
Abby Hughes (Park City, Ut.) won the women’s open competition, while Jessica Jerome (Park City, Ut.) claimed the silver medal. Alissa Johnson (Groton, Mass.) finished third.
The final event in the Art Devlin series, the 57th Masters Ski Jump Competition, is scheduled for Dec. 29, in Lake Placid.
Jumpers and Nordic combined athletes are also competing for an opportunity to participate in January’s inaugural Youth Olympic Winter Games, being held in Innsbruck, Austria. The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) will nominate 15 young athletes to represent America in alpine skiing, halfpipe and slopestyle skiing and snowboarding, skicross, cross country, ski jumping and nordic combined, tomorrow, Sunday, Oct. 9 following the nordic combined roller ski event, which is slated to begin at 8:15 a.m., at the Olympic Jumping Complex. Tickets are $15 for adults and $9 for juniors and seniors.