Tuesday, December 5, 2006
The members of the U.S. Ski Team made their presence known last weekend during the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start competition at Howelsen Hill.
The regional special jumping and Nordic combined event has taken on a more international flair the past few winters because it is scheduled the week before Steamboat Springs hosts a World Cup B Nordic Combined event.
Top American, Japanese and Canadian jumpers used the event to tune their skills and dominated the final results.
U.S. Ski Team member Eric Camerota jumped to fifth place on Howelsen's large hill and then posted the fastest cross-country time to win the event. Brett Camerota, Eric's brother, finished five seconds back in second place.
Japan's Takashi Kitamura finished 41 seconds off the pace in third, and his teammate Taihei Kato was 59 seconds back in fourth place.
American Alex Glueck was fifth, just one minute behind the leaders, and his teammate Bryan Fletcher was sixth, 1:11 off the pace. Brothers Davis and Alex Miller placed seventh and eighth, respectively. Skyler Keate rounded out the top 10.
The U.S. Ski Team used the event to select the athletes for this weekend's World Cup B event. The team has 19 skiers in town to fill 15 slots.
Other Americans getting the nod for this weekend's events included Willy Graves (11th), Trevor Keate (14th), Peter Frenette (15th), Taylor Fletcher (18th), Logan Oxford (19th), Nick Hendrickson (21st) Colin Delaney (22nd) and Alex Madden (23rd).
The Winter Start also hosted divisions for men's and women's special jumping. Brett Camerota won the men's competition followed by Skyler Keate in second and Davis Miller in third.
Lindsay Van won the women's competition. She was followed by Alissa Johnson in second and Abby Hughes in third.
Teams from Germany, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden and the United States are already in town training for this weekend's Mountain Resorts World Cup B competition. The event will open with official training Friday and competitions Saturday and Sunday.