Jones places 7th in Germany

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— Steamboat's Clint Jones had a seventh-place finish at the World Junior Nordic Championships Saturday in the 90-meter jump.

Running into problems on his second jump in rainy Schonach, Germany, Jones was able to hold on for a top-10 finish and tied for seventh with Slovenia's Zvonko Kordez. Jones, who will be competing in the Olympics, finished with jumps of 93 and 90.5 meters for a score of 237.5.

Finland's Janne Happonen, who was tied with Jones for third place after the first round of jumping, unleashed a 98-meter jump, which tied for the longest jump of the day, in the final round to capture the gold. Happonen's first jump was 92.5 and he finished with 255.5 points.

Japan's Daiki Ito moved from 10th place to second with a 98-meter jump in his final round.

On Friday, the U.S. Junior Nordic Combined Team missed the podiums by one place in the team mass start event. Led by Wednesday's bronze medalist, Nathan Gerhart, and silver medalist Alex Glueck, the Americans were fourth in each round of jumping to bump them up two places from their cross country finish and give them a fourth.

The Germans got an early lead in the 4-by-5K relay race to enter the jumping competition with 400 points. Although France, who ranked seventh going into the jumping, outjumped Germany by 460 to 440 points, it was not enough to capture the win and put the French in second.

The U.S. Team took a gold medal in the team event in 1999 and a silver in 2000.

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