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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)

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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