Van cruises to another national title

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— On Sunday, Lindsay Van proved why she's ranked third in the world.

Van - who also won Saturday's national title on Howelsen Hill's K114 hill - easily cruised to another national title, this time winning the on the K90 hill.

"It was definitely a good weekend," she said. "I won two of the competitions, so I can't complain."

Sunday's win was Van's fourth straight national title.

As she did all weekend, Van separated herself from the rest of the competition on her first jump. Her first round score of 115.5 was more than 20 points better than any other female jumper. Her two-jump score of 234.5 was 40 points better.

"I am very happy with how my season ended," said Van, who plans to return to Park City, Utah for a couple of days before visiting southern Utah and then heading to California to surf. "I'm happy with how the whole thing went."

Despite rising temperatures that slowed the course down, Van said - besides a few minor challenges - the course was in excellent shape with the way the weather was.

Other finishers included Brenna Ellis in second, Avery Ardovino in third, Alissa Johnson in fourth, Abby Hughes in fifth and Brittany Rhoads in sixth.

All of the women jumpers Sunday came from the Intermountain Division out of Park City.

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Comments

beentheredonethat 7 years, 9 months ago

3d in the world? must be hard to achieve that when worldwide only a total of 20 girls practice the sport.

if you can't win in traditional sport arenas, then do something hardly anyone else does and declare yourself best in the world.

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Magpie 7 years, 9 months ago

When you are flinging your body over 100 meters in the air, THEN you can be such a jerk.

I am guessing that you didn't make it to actually see Lindsey Van or any of the jumpers this weekend. They are very impressive.

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beentheredonethat 7 years, 9 months ago

you, magpie, are number 1 in the world......in name calling. congratulations! naturally it is less strenuous to do that than to debate my point of observation. i trust you can do better, give it a try.

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Magpie 7 years, 9 months ago

Oh, thanks for the false compliment, but there are many people, even on this forum, who are much better at name calling than I am.

My point was that if you actually did observe these athletes you might not be so cynical about about their ability.

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beentheredonethat 7 years, 9 months ago

please debate my point that being pronounced 3d in the world, out of 20 participants, is meaningless. in fact, participation is so insignificant, that even ski town usa, can't field a team.

while i find it very commendable that girls get to ski jump, if that is what they choose to do, i find it deplorable that the media and some of it's readers, elevate mere participation into something grand, like declaring that this girl is ranked 3d in the world.

let her ski jump, measure the distance, give her a participation ribbon and an "atta girl" and leave it at that. avoid anointing queens (and kings) every time a child does something.

agreed?

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steamboatskier 7 years, 9 months ago

How about the fact Lindsay started from the same bar on her first jump on Saturday; and had she competed with the men, she would have placed 7th. Isn't that worth more than an "atta girl." Every sport must start somewhere and Lindsay is setting the gold standard. Perhaps her plight will land her sport a spot in the 2010 Olympics afterall!

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Magpie 7 years, 9 months ago

I didn't debate your specific point with you becuase you are clearly ignorant about women's ski jumping and debate without fact is useless.

Here are some facts about women's ski jumping:

-There are far more than 20 world cup level women's ski jumpers actively competing. According to the US Women's Ski Jumping website, there are 147 registered world class ski jumpers of which 109 are actively participating. So, 3rd out of 109, if you want to argue accurately.

-Women's ski jumping will be included in the 2009 World Championships for the first time and may be included in the 2010 Olympics.

-Lindsey Van is not only the 3rd best women in the world this year, but at the event this weekend, she placed in the top 10 US MEN when jumping from their same bar (instead of the higher bar that the women jump from). So, if you are going to denigrate her accomplishments, you need to denigrate ALL of US ski jumping (men's too).

As for your general point of "elevating mere participation into something grand," the paper did not "declare" that Lindsay Van is 3rd in the world, the Continental Cup circuit did that: http://www.skiracing.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=5221&Itemid=2 and http://www.firsttracksonline.com/index.php?name=News&file=article&sid=2120

So, was it wrong to celebrate Todd Lodwick? He did exactly the same thing on the men's side. Dominated the US participants in a sport where the US is weak compared to other countries and in a sport that overall has less competitors than "traditional sports."

My main point, was that you don't know anything about women's ski jumping (including how many competitors there are) and you shouldn't be denigrating Lindsey Van's athletic accomplishments from a place of ignorance, without even having seen her jump.

I actually do see your point about saying it is accomplishment when it is just participation, but, see her jump before you say it. She is a hell of a jumper, not a false queen, even if she stands atop a heap that is not as large as you would consider acceptable. Again, great athletes are great athletes and when you see one, it is spectacular.

Here's another one for you - Bill Demong easily won all three events this weekend, out-jumping the other US men by many meters and out skiing them by minutes. Since he is so much better then the other US competitors, and there aren't very many US men ski jumpers or Nordic Combined athletes, guess he should have just gotten a participation ribbon and an "atta boy?" His silver medal in the world cup a few weeks ago again is in a sport with far less competitors than downhill skiing, so it must not mean much?

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Magpie 7 years, 9 months ago

Excuse me, I do not like to cite facts without references. Here is the reference for the 142/109 women ski jumpers: http://www.womensskijumpingusa.com/timeline.htm scroll to the bottom of the page.

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