Norway Dominates Final Day of Flaming Leaves Ski Jump with 2 Victories, 4 Medals

By AlpineZone News |
Oct 10 2005 - 09:21 AM

LAKE PLACID, New York ??” Norwegian ski jumpers Anders Bardal and Anette Sagen captured the men’s and women’s divisions, respectively, Sunday in the season ending Continental Cup event held on the 90 meter hill in Lake Placid.

The competition, conducted by the New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), completed the Flaming Leaves Festival, presented by Citizens Bank, and was held on the 1980 Olympic site.

Bardal, 23, came from behind in the final round on a damp afternoon with the temperature barely at 50 degrees. In third place behind first round leader Marcin Bachleda of Poland, Bardal nailed the second longest jump of the day at 95.5 meters to move to the top spot and record his second triumph of the 13-event summer series. Bachleda scored the longest flight of the event at 96 meters to open the meet, but a 93 meter final leg dropped him to second by just one point.

Bardal’s first jump was 94.5 meters and his total for distance and style was 251 points. The victory provided a measure of revenge for the tall, lanky Norwegian who surrendered the first round lead Saturday and finished third.

Bachleda took the runner-up spot at 250, but more importantly captured the season-long Continental Cup title with three victories and 759 points. Bardal was third overall.

“I’m very happy with my summer jumping,” said Bardal. “I’ve never jumped this well in summertime. I like this hill. It’s a good flying hill. Yesterday I was unlucky with the conditions, but today I had two good ones.”

Morten Solem, also of Norway, placed third with jumps of 95 and 91.5 meters and an aggregate of 244 points.

America’s best, once again, was Clint Jones of Steamboat Springs, Colo., in sixth place. The 40 points he secured were just enough to take second overall at 473 points, only five ahead of Bardal.

Sagen, meanwhile, aided by the longest jump of the women’s meet at 98.5 meters, completed her weekend sweep in Lake Placid and led a 1-2 finish for her team. Sagen ended the tour with four wins and seven podium placements in eight tournaments enabling her to win the overall crown with 670 points. Teammate Line Jahr took second on the day and overall as well with 451 points, while Atsuko Tanaka of Canada moved from 11th to third in the second round and placed fifth on the campaign.

“Two in a row is fantastic,” said the 20 year old winner. “I’m strong physically and when I jump good I get a good push at the take-off. Too bad the tour is over. I’m in really good form and am jumping well.”

Sagen’s jumps of 98.5 and 88.5 meters garnered her 235.5 points. Jahr jumped 93 and 88 meters for 231.5, while Tanaka had 82 and 96.5 meters and 217.5.

The United States women placed four in the top 10, led by Jessica Jerome fifth, Lindsey Van sixth, Alissa Johnson ninth and Abby Hughes 10th. This Park City, Utah posse is coached by transplanted Lake Placid native and Olympian Casey Colby.

With Sunday’s efforts, Van finished the year third overall at 429 points with the help of one victory and a pair of third places. Jerome was fourth at 422 with four podiums to her credit.

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