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3 US ski jumpers will compete in medal event today

Germany's Michael Uhr­mann topped the list of qualifiers in Friday's Normal Hill Men's Ski Jumping qualifying event, but three Americans walked away as winners on the first day of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games.

On Friday, the world's best ski jumpers battled for a spot in today's medal event. Ten jumpers, including Austria's Gregor Schlierenzauer, who posted the longest ride of the day at 107 meters, already were in the main event.

The American men's ski jumping team, which lost the support of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association soon after the 2006 Olympics, landed three jumpers in the top 40. Peter Frenette, Nicholas Alexander and Anders Johnson earned spots in today's medal event, which will be held at Whistler Olympic Park, north of Vancouver, British Columbia.

"I'm confident that with my jumps that they will qualify," Johnson said after training earlier this week. "I just want to stay focused and keep doing the same thing."

The American will get another shot at doing the same thing after he finished 40th in Friday's event with a jump of 93.5 meters. Teammate Frenette led the American effort in 31st position with a jump of 97 meters, and Alexander was 35th with his effort of 96 meters.

In addition to Schlierenzauer, top jumpers Switzerland's Simon Ammann, Austria's Thomas Morgenstern, Poland's Adam Malysz and Finland's Janne Ahonen already were pre-qualified for the medal event.