Norwegian steals show at Juniors

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Norwegian Petter Tande stole the show in the Nordic combined individual event Tuesday at the Nordic World Junior Championships in Rov-aniemi, Finland.

Tande led the jumping and posted the eighth fastest cross-country time of the day to finish 57.4 seconds ahead of Tino Edelmann of Germany to win.

Edelmann finished second and Finland's Anssi Koivuranta was third in the two jump, 10-kilometer cross-country race.

Utah skier Brett Camerota, who finished 37th in the jumping and moved up to 30th in the final results, led the American team. He posted the seventh fastest cross-country time of the day.

His twin brother, Eric, was the top American jumper in 34th, and was 32nd on the final list. Steamboat Springs athlete Bryan Fletcher finished in 37th, and Eastern division skier Willy Graves placed 41st. Steamboat Springs' Davis Miller is also in Finland, but he was listed as the alternate. He trained this week but did not compete.

The Junior World Champ-ionships, which began Monday, include Nordic combined, special jumping and cross-country events this week.

The Nordic combined skiers competed Tuesday, trained Wednesday and will return to action today during the 4-by-5-kilometer relay event. Jumping is in the morning and the cross-country race is in the afternoon.

The same group of athletes will compete in a sprint event Sunday during the final day of competition.

The special jumpers opened competition Wednesday with the team event.

The Slovenian team of Mitja Meznar, Matevz Sparovec, Jurij Tepes and Nejc Frank came from fourth place after the first round to win the competition.

Poland was second, and Finland came in third.

The American team of Mike Glasder, Nick Fairall, Anders Johnson and Skyler Keate placed 11th in the 15-team field.

-- To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209 or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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