LAKE PLACID, New York ??вЂќ Ski jumping continues its Lake Placid holiday tradition with the 2005 Chevrolet 90 Meter Summer Ski Jump competitions on July 3 and 4. Nearly 50 of the top jumpers in the country, including several 2002 Winter Olympians, will soar from the top of the Adirondacks.
The events will culminate a week of off-season training on the artificial surfaces of the MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex, on Route 73 just outside Lake Placid.
The event on Sunday, July 3 begins at 6 PM. The presenting sponsor is Avalanche Adventures, the year-round, indoor-outdoor family adventure center, located at 194 Saranac Avenue in Lake Placid. Avalanche Adventures offers miniature golf, climbing, caving, an arcade and more. You can find them on the web at www.avalancheadventures.com.
The Monday, July 4 meet will start at 12 PM.
The annual event, in its 57th year, is conducted by the Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) and the New York Ski Educational Foundation.
Salt Lake City Olympians Clint Jones, Tommy Schwall and Brian Welch will headline the competition. Rising U.S. stars Anders Johnson, Blake Hughes and Chris Francis, all of Park City, Utah, will join the Olympians in the two Lake Placid fields.
Willy Graves of Putney, Vt., who had a strong second half of last winter including a victory here in the 2005 New Years jump, is slated to compete.
The local lineup is expected to include Evan Bliss, David McCahill, Robbie Goodwin and others.
The two events are part of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s Super Tour, and the top finishers will win cash prizes. Sunday’s jump marks the first leg of the three-event Art Devlin Cup, named after the Lake Placid nordic legend, Olympian and television broadcaster. Johnson is the current holder of this prestigious trophy.
A trio of Park City women ??вЂњ Lindsay Van, Jessica Jerome and Alyssa Johnson ??вЂњ will headline that division.
Don’t forget to bring your appetite for a traditional holiday barbecue of All-American favorites prepared by ORDA concessionaire, Centerplate.
Admission to the 2005 Chevrolet 90M Summer Ski Jumps is $12 for adults and $7 for juniors and seniors. Kodak Sites Passports, available at all ORDA venues and the ORDA Store on Main Street, is valid for these competitions. Admission also includes a chairlift and elevator ride to the SkyDeck atop the 120-meter ski jump and access to the adjacent Kodak Sports Park freestyle site.
For more information, contact the MacKenzie-Intervale Ski Jumping Complex at (518) 523-2202.
For more information on ORDA venues and events and for web cams from five locations, please log on to www.whitefacelakeplacid.com.