Berend, Good take 20th and 21st at Nordic combined Junior Worlds
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club Nordic combined products Ben Berend and Jasper Good finished 20th and 21st overall Wednesday in the opening competition of the 2015 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.
Berend entered the individual Gundersen 10K cross country ski portion in 19th and slipped off the pace a bit with the day’s 24th-best race time for his top-20 slot.
Good jumped up 13 spots from his 34th-ranked competition jump to finish about 21 seconds behind Berend for 21st place. Norway’s Jarl Riiber took his first international Nordic combined title, beating out the 51-skier pack for victory.
It was both Berend’s and Good’s best finishes they’ve had at the annual Junior World competition.
Winter Sports Club’s Logan Sankey will get her shot to make some noise Thursday as she enters the Junior World Championships in ski jumping, also in Almaty. She is one of 34 competitors and one of just two Americans who are on the start list.
Berend will get another start on the international stage at the end of this month in Falun, Sweden. He was recently named to the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team World Championship squad alongside fellow Steamboat natives Bryan Fletcher and Taylor Fletcher. The trio will compete in Falun from Feb. 21 through March 1. Also on the World Championship team are Lake Placid’s Bill Demong and Adam Loomis out of Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
Steamboat Springs will play host to the ski jumping and Nordic combined Junior Nationals from March 3 to 7.
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