As he pushed off the start bar at the top of Lake Placid's K90 ski jump Saturday, Steamboat Springs ski jumper Clint Jones had no idea how far he needed to soar to beat the hill record.
Twenty meters after his takeoff, he still had no idea, but he knew his jump was going to be a good one.
"I wasn't thinking about breaking the hill record," Jones said. "I just wanted to win the meet."
When Jones landed 104 meters down the hill, he had accomplished both feats.
Not only had the top American jumper set a hill record at 104 meters, but he had secured victory at the Chevy Trucks 90-meter Summer Ski Jump by scoring 236 points.
It was the second win in two days for the ski jumper, who was born in Steamboat and raised on the jumps at Howelsen Hill. Jones won the New York Ski Education Foundation jumping meet Friday.
"The summer has been really good," Jones said. "We've been doing a lot of physical training, and I'm feeling really good right now."
His coach, Corby Fisher, said it was a strong weekend for the special jumpers. Jones was joined on the podium by impressive youngster Anders Johnson of Park City, Utah, who took third with 205 points. Tommy Schwall of Steamboat Springs placed fourth with 182 points. Nordic combined skier Eric Camerota of Park City, Utah, slipped in to take second place.
'This was a good showing for the American special jumpers," Fisher said. "This is a national-level summer event, but I feel like our team is on the right track."
He said he was happy to see Jones dominate the field after having some inconsistent showings at the end of last season.
"It looks like Clint is getting back to where he needs to be," Fisher said. "We want to start building some things that will hopefully carry over to next summer."
Jones said the team would compete in another Super Series event at the end of this month before heading to Europe to take part in the Summer Grand Prix, which is the counterpart to the winter's World Cup Tour.
"It's a good start, but we've still got a lot of work left to do," Jones said.