Germany’s Simon in first, but Loomis poised to strike for U.S. at Continental Cup | SteamboatToday.com

Germany’s Simon in first, but Loomis poised to strike for U.S. at Continental Cup

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Germany’s Toby Simon flew to an early lead Friday during the jumping stage of the first Continental Cup of the weekend at Howelsen Hill in Steamboat Springs.

Simon posted the day’s best mark in jumping and will start the 6 p.m. cross-country ski race at Romick Rodeo Arena in first place.

An American will be hot on his heels, however.

Ben Loomis, a Wisconsin skier now living in Park City and a member of the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team, had the day’s second-best jump and will start six seconds behind Simon for the 10-kilometer cross-country ski race. Loomis has had strong Continental Cup results in the past but has never scored a podium on the series.

Sindre Ure Soetvik of Norway will also start six seconds after Simon.

Steamboat Springs products Jasper Good and Ben Berend both jumped into the top 20 and have an opportunity to ski up and be a factor in the race. Good will start 43 seconds back and Berend 52 seconds.

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Elsewhere for the U.S., Stephen Schumann is 58 seconds behind, Grant Andrews 1 minute, 12 seconds, Jared Schumate 1:47 and Tucker Hoefler 2:27.

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1. Toby Simon, Germany

2. Ben Loomis, USA, +0:06

3. Sindre Ure Soetvik, Norway, +0:06

12. Jasper Good, USA, +0:43

18. Ben Berend, USA, +0:52

20. Stephen Schumann, USA, +0:58

27. Grant Andrews, USA, +1:12

39. Jared Shumate, USA, +1:47

43. Tucker Hoefler, USA, +2:27