Jumping at the chance

Top athletes expected for this weekend's Super Series

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Anytime Todd Lodwick, Tommy Schwall and Clint Jones get together on the hills of Howelsen, it must be a super day.

Or in this case, a USSA Super Tour jumping event.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic Director Todd Wilson is hoping for just that kind of turnout Saturday when Howelsen hosts the premier jumping series for the second time this winter.

"I know that Clint will be jumping this weekend, and I know that Todd is in town," Wilson said. "I would expect them to show up for this one."

The Super Tour will be the centerpiece of a weekend of jumping that also includes Rocky Mountain and Intermountain ski jumpers vying for Junior Olympic berths in separate competitions.

The events will open with the younger jumpers competing on the K-18, K-25 and K-38 jumps at 5:30 p.m. Friday.

Saturday's action will include a Junior Olympic qualifier on the K-60 beginning at 9 a.m. The Super Series events will follow with competitions on the K-90 and K-114. Those events are expected to begin at about 10:30 a.m.

"It's good and bad," Wilson said of having the top American jumpers in town for the event. "It will be a great chance for our younger jumpers to gain some valuable experience, but it's going to make it a lot harder for those younger jumpers to win the money."

Most of the elite skiers are on a break from World Cup action and will be looking forward to a chance to get some good training.

Those jumpers also may be drawn to Howelsen by the prize money, which includes $550 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third.

Wilson said it would be the second straight weekend of jumping at Howelsen and that the jumps are in great shape.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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