Stealing the show
German skier wins final event of Mountain Resorts World Cup B
December 11, 2006
After finishing third in Saturday’s individual Gundersen competition, German Tino Edelmann was happy, but not satisfied.
So he returned to Howelsen Hill for Sunday’s sprint event and jumped 118 meters in the only jump that counted, and then erased a 20 second deficit in the 7.5-kilometer cross-country race to win the second and final event of the Mountain Resorts World Cup B.
“A possible victory is what motivated me,” Edelmann said. “It was a really good jump on that really nice hill with perfect conditions. The in-run was icy and fast, and there was almost no wind. We don’t normally get conditions like that.”
It took less than a lap for Edelmann to catch and then pass Austria’s David Zauner, who led the jumping round with an effort of 125 meters. The German led for the remainder of the race, but in the final stretch had to hold off teammate Christian Beetz for the victory.
Edelmann said he may have gone out too hard in the first lap, and admits that he started running out of gas as he headed into the final lap.
Edelmann is one of several German skiers who are qualified to ski on the Nordic combined World Cup A Tour, but found himself in Steamboat because the German team is so strong. The International Ski Federation limits the number of skiers that a country can have on the World Cup A tour, so the German’s World Cup B team is loaded with skiers who want to score enough points to move past their teammates.
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Despite not getting a podium, the American team and coaches were happy after Sunday’s competition. For the second day in a row, the team had two skiers in the top-10, and on Sunday put six skiers in the top 30.
Brett Camerota, who jumped to fourth and finished eighth, led the Americans. His brother Eric Camerota jumped to seventh and then held on for a ninth overall finish in the event.
“I’m happy with my jumping, but the cross-country hasn’t been going as well as last year,” Brett Camerota said. “I would rather be jumping well.”
Other Americans picking up points in the event included Alex Glueck (24th), Willy Graves (26th), Davis Miller (28th) and Bryan Fletcher (30th). Steamboat’s Alex Miller just missed scoring points placing 33rd.
“I’m really excited,” Davis Miller said.” This is the first time I’ve been in the top-30. I’m pretty happy with my cross-country. It felt really good out there.”
Davis Miller said the result is a boost in confidence and that he only expects to get stronger when the team moves to Park City for a pair of events next week.
“I thought the guys jumped better today, and we got to our goal by getting six guys in the top-30,” World Cup B coach Chris Gilbertson said. “We got a podium yesterday, and I think Brett (Camerota) just went out a little too hard today.”
Gilbertson said the team achieved all of its goals during the first week, and he hopes the squad will continue to move forward during the events in Park City and in Lake Placid just before Christmas.
“I think these guys need to learn to cut their teeth,” Gilbertson said.”They are going to cut their teeth on the entire season, not just the two or three World Cups that are in the United States. They got their chance, they got their points and they are out of the way now. I think those guys can relax. They’ve shown that they can jump, and today they did.”
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