Monday, February 11, 2002
Park City, Utah The youngest male at the Olympics will compete with the world's best during the final round of the K-120 ski jumping Wednesday.
Seventeen-year-old Clint Jones of Steamboat Springs jumped 111.5 meters Tuesday morning to finish 34th in the qualifying round. The top 50 ski jumpers in Tuesday's preliminaries advance to the finals Wednesday.
Alaska's Alan Alborn, who trained for three years in Steamboat Springs, qualified eighth with a jump of 119.5 meters. This is Alborn's second Olympics.
On Wednesday, the 50 jumpers will get one practice jump and one qualifying jump. The top 30 in the qualifying round will advance to the final round.
The jump was an improvement for Jones, a junior at Lowell Whiteman School who is younger than any other male Olympian, from his performance Sunday in the K-90. In that event, he just missed the top 50 in the preliminaries and did not get to compete in the finals.
Alborn finished 11th in the K-90, while Steamboat's Brendan Doran finished in a tie for 44th.
Tommy Schwall, another Steamboat teen-ager and the fourth member of the U.S. Ski Jumping Team, finished 65th Tuesday with a jump of 85 meters.
Doran jumped 97 meters to finish 57th. But jumping was the least of Doran's concerns Tuesday. His grandmother, who traveled to Utah to watch him compete in the Olympics, apparently suffered a heart attack Monday. Family members said she underwent surgery and is in a Salt Lake City Hospital.
Schwall and Doran will get another chance to jump in the team competition next Monday.