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Schwall takes 1st at meet

Steamboat jumper takes first- and second-place spots at Continental Cup

— Local ski jumper Tommy Schwall once again proved why he is a rising star in the sport during a Continental Cup meet in Westby, Wis., last weekend.

Schwall, who will be headed to Salt lake City in just 10 days as a member of the U.S. Special Jumping squad, won a Continental Cup event in Westby, Wis., last Saturday and was second in another Sunday.

“Tommy is jumping well right now,” Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club coach Gary Crawford said. “It was an international field, so hopefully he is peaking at the right time.”



Schwall led the competition on the first day scoring 253, topping Slovakia’s Aaron Peterman, who was second with 250.5, and Austria’s Sebastian Keltenbock, who was third with 241.7 points.

In the second competition of the weekend, it was Hans Petrat of Germany taking top honors with a score of 244.1.



Schwall was on Petrat’s heels, however, taking second with a score of 243.8 points.

Steamboat Springs’ Brendan Doran was also at the meet, placing 15th on Saturday and moving up to 11th on Sunday.

The two American skiers are headed to Lake Placid, where they will continue to train for the Olympics along with Clint Jones, Alan Alborn and Brian Welch.

Those skiers are scheduled to open the Olympic Games Feb. 9 during the qualification of the K-90 jumping. The finals will take place Feb. 10 at the Utah Olympic Park just outside of Park City. There will also be a team and large hill event later in the games.


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