The Flaming Leaves Festival and Ski Jumping National Championships and Nordic Combined Ski Racing are all held at the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex with brews for the audience and music for the intermission. With the Olympics in Sochi Russia this winter means World Class athletes are in top shape as they prepare, including Nordic skier Bill Demong who talked with us about the lead up to the Olypmics. We’ll look back with North Elba Town Councilman Jay Rand at the changes to the Ski Jumping Complex, and we’ll speak with Ski Jumping PR Director Peter Graves about his favorite moments in Olympic History. Locally we hear from Peter Frenette and Miles Lucci about their progress in the sport plus we’ll speak with World Cup regulars including Will Rhodes and Anders Johnson. Another local talent, Alex Madden speaks with us about his jumping as well during the Columbus Day Weekend Event..
World champion Lindsey Van and Nick Alexander won the US Ski Jumping Championships on Sunday on the K90..
Van, from Park City, Utah, scored 250 points with jumps of 92 and 96.5 meters for her 16th U.S. title. Alexander, from Lebanon, N.H., had 263.5 points on two 99-meter jumps for his second national title.
Jessica Jerome of Park City was second in the women’s competition, followed by Alissa Johnson of Park City and Nina Lussi of Lake Placid. In the men’s event, Nick Fairall of Andover, N.H., was second, followed by Anders Johnson of Park City and Peter Frenette of Saranac Lake, N.Y.