Combined: Druml wins Lake Placid Continental Cup, Fletcher Third
LAKE PLACID, NY -- There can be little doubt that Junshiro Kobayashi, was the talk of the Intervale Ski Jumping complex today in the two-time Olympic Winter Games village after laying down a sweet jump of some 133.5 meters--as you know combined athletes take only one jump, then ski a 10km course.
In a day that saw temperatures sneak slighty into double degits, the conditions for both events were truly ideal for the annual stop here for the Lamb Lumber FIS Continental Cup (formerly World Cup "B").
While Kobayashi is clearly a gifted jumper his cross country race did not show the same excellence. He ended the day in 26th place overall.
While Austrian Tomaz Druml (SC Achomitz), the eventual winner, was ranked 13th after this morning's jumping, he used a very fast cross coutry time to achieve victory, winning with a time of 26.37.4. German combiner Andreas Guenter, who is both a steller jumper and cross country skier finished second, from Ski Club Baiersbronn in a near sprint to the finish. United Sates nordic combiner Taylor Fletcher turned in a solid performance for the bronze medal, after ending up 21st following the jumping event.
Alex Miller of the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club was 12th, while Eric Camerota (Park City Nordic Ski Club) was 25th. Alex Glueck also of SSWSC was 33rd, with Willy Graves (Putney Ski Club) was 37th. American Brett Denny was 42nd.
Tommorow the final day of events in Lake Placid takes place with another individual Gunderson competition. Competition will begin with ski jumping at the Intervale Ski Jumping Complex Sunday starting at 10 AM.
Visit fis-ski.com for full results. Monday we will have full reporting of Sunday's competition and a photo album of event photos.
By: Peter Graves