Natalie Bohlmann skis at the Junior Nationals, where she picked up an individual Nordic combined championship in the J2 women’s division as well as a fourth-place finish in a special jumping competition.

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Natalie Bohlmann skis at the Junior Nationals, where she picked up an individual Nordic combined championship in the J2 women’s division as well as a fourth-place finish in a special jumping competition.

Steamboat Nordic combined athletes show well at Junior Nationals

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— Jasper Good and Natalie Bohlmann led the way for a strong weekend of competition for Steamboat Springs Nordic combined skiers at the Junior Nationals in Minneapolis.

Steamboat skiers, competing with the Rocky Mountain Division team, raked in podium finishes, and Good and Bohlmann each won individual Nordic combined championships at the event.

Bohlmann won the J2 women’s division, skiing to a 90-second win against teammate Kathleen O’Connell.

Good, meanwhile, won the J2 men’s division by 34 seconds, ahead of Ben Loomis.

“We came here hoping those two would win gold, and they did, so mission accomplished,” said Todd Wilson, Nordic director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club.

Good also bagged another gold when he teamed with Nicholas Madden for a Nordic combined sprint relay Saturday. Steamboat’s Koby Vargas and Grant Andrews were second in that competition.

Madden also placed fifth in the individual Nordic combined event. Andrews was sixth, Vargas WAS seventh, Finn O’Connell was 11th, Wyatt Gebhardt was 13th, Peter Rosenthal was 16th, Davis Petersen was 17th, Decker Dean was 22nd and Elijah Vargas was 24th.

Wilson said plenty of athletes stood out, including Andrews.

“He has been coming on all winter, doing better and better, but he skied the best he’s skied all year,” Wilson said.

Bohlmann was fourth in a Thursday special jumping competition, and O’Connell was seventh. Good placed fifth on the boys side, Spencer Petersen was sixth, Andrews was seventh, Koby Vargas was 11th, Madden was 14th, O’Connell was 18th, Petersen was 20th, Dean was 27th, Rosenthal was 28th and Elijah Vargas was 36th.

Koby Vargas, Andrews, Petersen and Good also placed second in a special jumping team competition.

To reach Joel Reichenberger, call 970-871-4253 or email jreichenberger@SteamboatToday.com

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