Camerota leads United States


Park City, Utah, skier Eric Camerota finished fifth in Stryn, Norway, on Wednesday as part of the World Junior Championships individual Nordic combined event.

"It's definitely a good finish for him," said Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Gary Crawford. "Our kids ski with him quite a bit, so it will be a good measuring stick for how we are doing."

Camerota trained in Steamboat Springs in the winter of 2000 when the Olympic jumps were being finished in Utah. He won both Nordic combined events at the North American Junior Championships, which were held in Steamboat in January.

On Wednesday, he jumped to 11th place in the morning and then moved up in the cross country race to take fifth.

Petter Tande led the jumping portion and then cruised to victory in the cross country race. Tino Edelmann of Germany was second, and David Zauner was third in the final results.

Steamboat's Todd Lodwick, who is now a member of the U.S. Ski Team, won the event when it was held in Asiago, Italy, in 1996.

Other Americans competing in the event included Brett Camerota in 34th, Willy Graves in 43rd and Trevor Keate in 49th.

The individual event was the first of the World Junior Championships for the Nordic combined skiers.

The athletes will return to the jumps Friday to take part in a mass-start team event. The sprint is scheduled for Sunday.

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