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Saturday Weather Report -- All Good!
The Team Jumping event went off beautifully in spite of Friday's horrible weather. Organizers did the smart thing, cancelling the scheduled Friday night elimination jump, and the hill crew stayed off of the hill so as not to trample the snow and form chunks of ice. Saturday morning the crew was able to rake up the inch of frozen snow into a carpet of beautiful sugar snow, giving the competitors the best ski conditions of the week. A moderate breeze came up the hill giving the jumpers something to fly on.
Before the Saturday morning team jumping competition, announcer Mike Collin called up the athletes one at a time by name to stand on the outrun, grouped by team. In recent years, five divisions of USSA have had active jumping programs, but this year the Alaska division sent no athletes, so we had just four teams. It was clear that the athletes were ready for the day's activities, with face painting and other hi-jinx. Here Are the Four Teams.
The Central Division brought the largest team, with 20 athletes and lots of supportive parents. Their lineup
was so wide on the outrun that we have split it into two pictures. We won't even try to name the jumpers.
The Rocky Mountain Division brought 12 skiers, mostly from Steamboat Springs, CO, but a few from other towns.
The Inter-mountain Division Team
The Eastern Division Team
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