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AVSC’s nordic jumpers flying high

Aspen Times Staff
Local Fritz Carpenter leads the cross- country skate race at the junior nordic combined competion in Park City, Utah, last month. (Courtesy Craig Ward)
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The Aspen Valley Ski and Snowboard Club’s young nordic ski jumping and nordic combined teams are making great strides.

Michael Ward, a J3 skier who posted the fastest run of the day during the cross-country portion of his combined race on Jan. 22 at Steamboat Springs, finished second. Fritz Carpenter had a breakthrough of his own during a recent competition in Park City. The 12-year-old, who was 13th after the jump, excelled in the cross-country race to take bronze.

“He absolutely scorched the cross-country race,” AVSC nordic jumping coach Craig Ward said of Ward. “Fritz skied very well, leading the pack for almost half the race. He really hung in there. I think he surprised himself.”

Three other team members recorded personal bests on the 40-kilometer hill in Park City. Terry Leitch flew 34 meters, while McCall Kauss and Steve Anderson traveled 33 meters and 30 meters, respectively.”This is a young team, and our training facility at Tiehack is dwarfed by those in Park City and Steamboat”, assistant coach Curt Carpenter said. “Every meet is a big learning experience.”


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