Steamboat athletes head to Canada for Nordic combined, jumps |

Steamboat athletes head to Canada for Nordic combined, jumps

Steamboat Springs' Adam Loomis, center, poses with Wes Savill, left, and teammate Cliff Field after winning the Canadian National 10-kilometer Nordic combined event Saturday afternoon in Whistler, British Columbia. Savill was second, and Field finished third in the race.

— Adam Loomis raced to the front of the pack in the open class Saturday at the Canadian National Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Championships in Whistler, British Columbia.

"To finish well was great," Loomis said from Denver on Monday while traveling back to Steamboat Springs. "It was an awesome way to end the season."

The Nordic combined competition was held as part of the larger Canadian National Championships. It was the first time the ski jumps at the 2010 Winter Olympic venue have been open since the games came to a close.

On Saturday, the Canadians hosted large hill, normal hill and Nordic combined races to crown national champions. The event included all the top athletes from Canada, as well as athletes from the U.S. and Germany.

Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Martin Bayer said the events were a great way for eight athletes from his program to extend the season with another high-level event.

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"We were able to get in another week of solid training with a championship-level event to cap it off," Bayer said.

Loomis joined locals Cliff Field, Michael Ward, Eric Lynch, Ben Berand, Jasper Good, Nicholas Madden and Spencer Petersen at the competition. Loomis dominated the 10-kilometer Nordic combined race Saturday afternoon. Third after the jumping, Loomis posted the fastest time on the 10-kilometer course to finish the race 1 minute, 52 seconds in front of second-place finisher Wes Savill, of Canada. Field placed third, and Ward was fourth in the open class.

There also was a shorter 5-kilometer race for the J2 class, which was won by Canadian Rogan Reid. Reid beat teammate Matthew Soukup to the finish line for the win. Madden was third in the 5-kilometer race.

Steamboat athletes also fared well on the jump hill despite going head to head with World Cup-level special jumpers.

Canadian Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes won the normal hill title by scoring 267.5 points on jumps of 101.5 and 104.5 meters. Germany's Martin Schmitt was second, and his teammate Kevin Horlacher was third.

The top Steamboat finisher was Field, who finished eighth with 179.5 points on jumps of 82.5 and 84.5 meters. Loomis was 12th, Ward was 13th and Lynch was 14th. Berand placed 15th, and Good was 17th on the smaller hill.

There also was a J2 class event on the smaller hill, which was won by Canadian Taylor Henrich. Madden was sixth, and Petersen was seventh in the junior class.

Boyd-Clowes also was the top jumper on the large hill, where he won with 285.5 points on efforts of 136.5 and 142 meters. Schmitt was second and Horlacher was third.

The top Steamboat finisher was Lynch in eighth with 663.4 points on jumps of 103.5 and 114.5 meters. Loomis placed ninth, Field placed 10th and Berand was 13th. Other top Steamboat finishers included Madden in 19th, Petersen in 21st and Ward in 22nd.

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