Nordic team in town for ski camp


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Rocky Mountain Division Ski Jumping Extravaganza

Friday: 9 a.m. one trial jump and two competition jumps (first competition jump counts toward the Nordic combined).

Saturday: 9:30 a.m. Nordic combined roller ski race on Lincoln Avenue.

11 a.m. target jumping begins at Howelsen Hill.

— The U.S. Nordic Combined team has been in Steamboat Springs all week conducting a team camp.

Starting Monday and continuing through today, the Nordic team has been roller skiing and working on the jumps at Howelsen.

The camp's purpose is partly for preparation for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The A and B teams are in town. Among those expected to take part are World Champions Johnny Spillane, Todd Lodwick and Bill Demong.

This is the second camp the U.S. Nordic Combined team has held in Steamboat, having already had one in early June for a week. The team usually comes out at this time to have a camp and then participate in the Rocky Mountain Jumping Extravaganza on Friday and Saturday at Howelsen Hill.

The Extravaganza opens Friday with a trial round of jumping and then two competition jumps. The first competition jump will be paired with Saturday's mass start roller ski race to determine a Nordic combined champion.

The roller ski race begins just before the parade at 9:30 a.m. Saturday on Lincoln Avenue. There is also a target jump competition Saturday that begins at 11 a.m. with a qualification round. From there, the top 24 will jump at 12:30 p.m. The round then is cut from 12 to six. A winner will be determined from the top six.

Today, the team begins jumping at Howelsen at 8:30 a.m. The team then will have a roller ski race that will run past Steamboat Boulevard and up to the Fish Creek Falls parking lot.

"We have these kind of competitions to also provide a yard stick as to where everybody is," U.S. Nordic Combined coach Dave Jarrett said. "We're certainly not going to pick the Olympic team in February on results in July. But everything builds on itself."

Most if not all of the national Nordic combined members are expected to compete in the Friday and Saturday events.


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