Magill flies to top of the heap in gelande ski jumping series

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— Steamboat Springs native Tim Magill has plenty of experience ski jumping. After all, he’s been tackling skiing challenges of all kinds in and around Steamboat since he could walk.

He hasn’t had a season quite like this one, however. Magill rode a series of consistent performances, including a third-place finish in the Pro Alpine Ski Flying championships last month in Steamboat, to an overall championship in the Alpine Ski Jumping Series, which wrapped up this week in Park City, Utah.

“I refined my take-off attempts, got my timing down so it was good and had a great season,” the daredevil said.

Magill’s strength proved to be consistency. In fact, he couldn’t have been more consistent. He finished third in each of the series’ five events. The season started last summer with the July 4 jumping event in Steamboat Springs; continued this winter in Salisbury, Conn., and Missoula, Mont.; moved to Steamboat for the Winter Carnival-based Ski Flying championships; and wrapped up this week in Utah.

Other jumpers were at times better. Josh Hanson, Erik Gilbert, Lynn Wenzel, Marsh Gooding and Rolf Wilson won events, but Magill was there every time. When Wilson, the typical leader of the pack, had to miss most of the season with an injury, Magill walked through the opened door and to the top of the podium.

“It really started last year,” he said.

He won the Connecticut competition that year, and it helped pave the way for 2012-13.

"That inspired me for various reasons,” he said. “They said it was a fluke or I was lucky, but it continued on, and I ended up second on the tour last year, and I carried it into this year and kept focusing on jumping.”

Magill was joined on the season’s podium by a pair of fellow Steamboat residents. Pat Arnone finished second and Gooding was third.

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

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