Local jumpers shine at Utah Winter Games

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Maybe the competition wasn't at the World Cup level, but Steamboat Springs' Brendan Doran was happy to pick up a pair of wins at the Olympic Jumps during the Utah Winter Games.

"A win is a win," Doran said. "When you're sitting at the top of the hill, you think, 'Hey, I won here before,' and it doesn't really matter who you were up against."

Doran is hoping the finishes will give him a shot of confidence as he continues to train for several upcoming World Cup events in Utah.

"Basically, what we need right now is some time on these hills," Doran said. "We need to get them dialed in before the rest of the world gets here."

Last weekend, Doran was dialing in on a few top finishes.

On Saturday, he finished in the top spot with 220.5 points on efforts of 88 and 91.5 meters off the K-90 jumps. Utah's Hector Rector was second with 201.5 points and Eastern Division skier Matt Cook was third at 192.5 points.

On Sunday, Doran put together a couple of 119-meter jumps to score 221.9 points. Alex Glueck was second at 163.7 and American nordic combined skier Jed Hinkley was third with 155.6 points.

The junior class was won by another Steamboat skier, Nathan Gerhart. He beat out fellow Winter Sports Club athletes Ethan Johnson, who took second, and Logan Gerber, who finished in third.

Steamboat's Adam Schwall was fourth, Tommy Schwall was sixth, Bryan fletcher was 12th and D.J. Hidalgo was 15th.

On the K-90 hill, Adam Schwall was the top skier with jumps of 90 and 89 meters. Gerhart was second and Hinkley came in third.

Gerber was fifth, Glueck was sixth, Johnson was seventh and Fletcher was ninth.

There were also competitions on the smaller jumps for many of the younger competitors.

On the

K-64, Steamboat's Fletcher was the top local finisher in fourth place. Johnson came in fifth, Hidalgo was ninth and Paul Berry rounded out the top 10.

Steamboat's Andy Garber (12), Davis Miller (13), Aalbu Andreas (150), Alex Miller (16), Taylor Fletcher (18) and Eli Gerhart (21) also competed.

Andreas led the local team off the K-40 jump with a fourth-place finish. Berry was fifth, Andy Gerber was sixth, Taylor Fletcher was seventh and Eli Gerhart was ninth. Charlie Stoddard came in 14th, Michael Gleason was 15th, Sam Chovan was 17th, Brett Denny was 18th and Cliff Fiel was 19th.

Taylor Fletcher led the local team off the K-20 jump with a second-place finish. Stoddard was seventh, Denny was eighth and Chovan was 10th. Steamboat's Aaibu Anniken placed second in the J-4 girls class.

The final competition of the event was held on the K-10 jump. Steamboat's Anniken won the girls event and Stoddard topped the boys field.

To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@amigo.net

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