With several national teams in town for this week's World Cup B, the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start took on an international flair last weekend.
Japan's Takemoto Kazuya won the jumping competition with 238 points on a pair of 92.5-meter jumps. His teammate, Usui Tomoyuki, finished second at 234 points, and American Bill Demong finished third with 231 points.
Steamboat Springs' Davis Miller posted the longest jump of the day at 94-meters on his second effort. That combined with his first jump of 87.5 meters helped him tie U.S. Nordic combined skier Eric Camerota for seventh place.
"If Davis could have put two together like that, he would have won the competition," Steamboat coach Gary Crawford said of the 94-meter jump. "The Miller boys had a very good weekend."
Other top Americans included Skyler Keate, of the National Sports Foundation, who finished in sixth place, and his teammate, Tim Nelson, who placed 10th. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club skier Logan Gerber was 15th, Alex Miller was 16th, Bryan Fletcher was 25th, Matt Delaney was 26th and Trevor Wert was 29th.
Central Division skier Mike Glasder won the J-1 class, Sam Burke of the National Sports Foundation was second, and Central jumper Mike Furey was third. Steamboat's Taylor Fletcher placed eighth, and Brett Denny was 12th.
Demong, who has trained and lived in Steamboat Springs in the past, won the Nordic combined race. The U.S. Nordic combined skier, who is working his way back from a season-ending injury two years ago, crossed the finish line of the 7.5-kilometer course 59 seconds ahead of teammate Eric Camerota.
Eric's twin brother, Brett, was third just 1 minute, 30 seconds off the pace, and Steamboat's Alex Glueck was fourth with a time of 1:46 behind the leader.
Steamboat's Davis Miller was ninth, Alex Miller was 10th, and Bryan Fletcher finished 14th. Delaney was 15th, Niels Morck was 16th, and David McCahill was 17th.
Fletcher, Delaney, McCahill, Davis Miller and Alex Miller are expected to compete in this weekend's World Cup B at Howelsen Hill.
The Winter Start also was scheduled to hold a competition on the large hill Sunday, but the jump was not ready for competition, and the event was canceled.
Crawford said work crews were busy taking care of last-minute details Monday, and he expected the K-114 jump to be open today.
The World Cup B is scheduled to begin with official training rom 9 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. Friday fon the jumps. Cross-country training will take place in the afternoon.
The first competition of the week will take place at 9 a.m. Saturday with the jumping portion of the 15-kilometer individual event. The cross country will take place at 2 p.m. The one-jump, 7.5-kilometer sprint event will begin at 9 a.m. Sunday.
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