Will Rhoads and Tara Geraghty-Moats US ski jumping champions
As part of the traditional Flaming Leaves Festival, the US American ski jumping championships on the normal hill were held in Lake Placid on Sunday.
Will Rhoads, who already took the large hill title on his home hill in Park City late July, was the best also in this competition and secured a clear win with his jumps of 101 m and 106 m and 280.0 points. "Today was great for me as snagged my third national title, first one on the small hill!. The wind conditions were a bit tricky during the competition, but I had three solid jumps that landed me on top of the podium. It is nice to continue gaining momentum as the summer has progressed and I am looking forward to the upcoming winter season!", the winner said after the competition.
The second place went to Kevin Bickner with 100.5 m and 95.5 m and 255.0 points. Casey Larson scored 249.5 points with 91 m and 100.5 m on the HS 100 hill and finished third. Michael Glasder, who won Saturday's competition on this hill, was third behind Rhoads and Bickner with his first jump of 96.5 m, but in the final he lost some ground with 92.5 m and at the end he missed the podium by only one point.
"It was a pretty interesting competition today. After yesterday, it appeared that Mike Glasder was going to be the man to beat today, but the rest of the field seemed up to the challenge. Will was very happy to repeat his performance from the large hill championships earlier this summer and is continuing to build confidence heading into the winter", said Clint Jones, Team Director of USA Nordic.
In the ladies' event Tara Geraghty-Moats could celebrate her first national title. With jumps of 92 m and 102 m and 250.5 points she came in exactly ten points ahead of local hero Nina Lussi (87 m and 100 m). Gabriella Armstrong finished third with 134.5 points (58 m and 82 m).
"I couldn't have dreamt of a better day to win my first national title. It was a gift to put on a good performance for everyone here in the east that has helped me get to this level. I felt good all weekend, but not 100 percent satisfied with my takeoff until everything clicked for my last jump", Tara Geraghty-Moats is quoted on ussa.org.