LAKE PLACID - Nicholas Fairall of Andover, N.H. turned in a strong showing at the New York Ski Educational Foundation's annual New Year's ski jumping meet.
Fairall, a member of the United States Ski Jumping Team, won the Thursday, Dec. 29 competition to take home the Devlin Cup, then came back Friday, Dec. 30 to win the open class with jumps of 97.5 and 100 meters on the 100-meter hill at the Olympic Jump Complex.
Andrew Bliss of Lake Placid tied for second with Nick Alexander of Lebanon, N.H.. Bliss, a student at St. Lawrence University, landed jumps of 92 and 91.5 meters to finish 27 points behind Fairall.
Nicholas Fairall stands atop the podium after winning the open class of the New York Ski Educational Foundation’s annual New Year’s event on Friday, Dec. 30 in Lake Placid. Andrew Bliss of Lake Placid, left, tied for second with Olympian Nick Alexander, who is not pictured. Will Schott, right, was third.
Alexander, who was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in Vancouver, jumped 90.5 and 92 meters.
In the junior class, Andre Denney of Coleraine, Minn., won with jumps of 87.5 and 95 meters. Kevin Bickner was second with jumps of 93 and 90.5 meters and Nick Matoon of Eau Claire, Wis. grabbed the third spot with jumps of 87 and 92 meters.
Emilee Anderson won the women's winner with jumps of 84 and 85 meters, beating Elyse Hoffman who jumped to 63 and 66 meters. Both jumpers were from the Central U.S. division.
The New York Ski Education Program will be hosting "Learn To Fly" ski jumping practices on Wednesday afternoons in January on the new 20-meter jump at the Olympic Jump Complex from 3 to 5 p.m. for interested young skiers. For more information, call NYSEF at the jumping complex at 523-1900 or go to NYSEF.org.