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Slovenia skier soars

February 11, 2013
The Daily News

By RON DEUTER

Sports Editor

IRON MOUNTAIN - Anze Semenic of Slovenia made the most of his first ever visit to America.

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Theresa Peterson/Daily News Photo
Slovenia ski jumpers Matic Benedik, left, and Andraz Pograjc, right, hoist teammate Anze Semenic on their shoulders after he took first place in Sundays ski jumping tournament at giant Pine Mountain.

The 19-year-old ski jumper claimed victory in two of the three Continental Cup competitions held at Pine Mountain Saturday and Sunday, the wins capping a weekend buffet of action for area ski jump fans.

Semenic, after almost not even qualifying in the first competition Saturday morning, came through with wins in Saturday's second competition as well as the Sunday morning event.

"It's great, just awesome," he said following Sunday's winner's presentation in the out run area.

It was Semenic's first jump Sunday that catapulted him to a lead he wouldn't lose, jumping 138.5 meters (about 455 feet). The distance was the longest jump of Sunday's competition and tied teammate Matic Benedik, who matched the same distance on his way to a second-place finish during Saturday's first competition.

"It was an excellent jump," Semenic said. "I am happy I made a perfect jump."

Semenic's second jump measured 129.5 (425 feet), giving him 275.4 points.

Semenic's Saturday win was accomplished with jumps of 133 (436 feet) and 136 (446 feet) meters giving him 281.7 points for the win. That followed a disappointing first competition in which Semenic only made 126.5 and 79 meters.

"My jumps in the first competition was not good," he said. "But the second jumps, I do good jumps. The wind was in my favor."

Norway's Fredrik Bjerkeengen took the title in the first competition with jumps of 137.5 and 135 meters, claiming 290 points. Bjerkeengen said a good trial run had him feeling confident heading into the opening competition.

"I'm here to win, and that's the goal," he said. "So I am really happy I did it in the first competition."

Bjerkeengen was also jumping at Pine Mountain for the first time.

"It's special here," he said. "Everyone I know really likes it here. It's beautiful. You can't compare Iron Mountain with anything else. Even in the World Cups, it's not even close. Iron Mountain is huge. It's extremely cool when everybody is pumping their horn."

Benedik came through as the weekend's most consistent performer. He was second in both rounds Saturday and added a fourth-place showing Sunday.

In fact, Slovenia put the most jumpers among the top six throughout the weekend. Benedik was the lone member in the first round, but Andraz Pograjc finished fourth in Saturday's second round and second on Sunday to join Semenic and Benedik during the final two winner's presentations.

Germany turned in five top-six performers. Felix Schoft led the way among his countrymen with a fourth on Saturday in the first round and a third on Sunday.

Schoft's efforts brought him up to second in the Continental Cup season points race at 491. Semenic is now third with 456.

Series leader Stefan Kraft of Austria (525 points) was participating in the FIS Team Tour and did not attend the event at Pine Mountain.

Nick Fairall, a 23-year-old from Andover, N.H., was the highest finishing American. Fairall, a member of the U.S. Ski Jump Team, placed 29th in the first competition and 28th on Sunday.

The FIS approached the Kiwanis Ski Club a few days ago about the addition of a third round of competition. The request was made because of the number of cancelations Continental Cup has experienced this season.

Kiwanis Ski Club spokesperson Susie Fox said the club's previous experience in running World Cup events back in the 1990s gave the FIS organizers more than enough confidence in the Kiwanis Ski Club's ability to successfully stage three full rounds of competition.

And the club came through in fine fashion, as many jumpers had nothing but positive things to say about the tournament and the conditions.

Each round of Continental Cup competition includes two jumps. That meant a festive crowd on Saturday - which easily surpassed 10,000 people - was treated to four rounds of competitive jumping.

"It's a big difference than in Europe," Semenic said of Pine Mountain. "It's nice to see a lot of people. In Europe, not as many come to competition, so it's nice to see so many here. Conditions were perfect."

Sunday's storm threat pushed up the start time of the final round by a couple of hours. But the competition round went off without much interruption, leaving time for the fan-favorite long-standing competition where Poland's Klemens Muranka took home the more than $500 in prize money by leaning out and extending for a crowd-pleasing jump of 449 feet.

Results follow:

CONTINENTAL CUP SKI JUMPING

FIRST COMPETITION (Saturday, Feb. 9)

Place/LAST NAME, First Name/Country/Jump Distances (meters)/Points

1. BJERKEENGEN Fredrik (NOR) 137.5-135.0 - 290.0

2. BENEDIK Matic (SLO) 138.5-127.0 - 277.4

3. HEIM Christian (GER) 128.0-137.0 - 265.5

4. SCHOFT Felix (GER) 129.5-129.5 - 261.7

5. POPPINGER Manuel (AUT) 135.0-124.0 - 260.2

6. MAYLAENDER Jan (GER) 132.5-122.0 - 251.1

7. ZNISZCZOL Aleksander (POL) 125.5-129.0 - 250.1

8. INGVALDSEN Ole Marius (NOR) 133.5-119.0 - 249.5

8. AIGNER Clemens (AUT) 129.5-123.0 - 249.5

10. POGRAJC Andraz (SLO) 120.5-131.0 - 246.7

11. DIETHART Thomas (AUT) 129.0-120.5 - 243.1

12. ASCHENWALD Philipp (AUT) 121.0-124.0 - 236.5

13. KLUSEK Bartlomiej (POL) 128.0-114.5 - 231.0

14. SWENSEN Vegard (NOR) 132.5-112.0 - 228.1

15. DEZMAN Nejc (SLO) 137.5-105.5 - 227.9

16. JOHANSSON Robert (NOR) 134.5-106.5 - 215.3

17. MIETUS Grzegorz (POL) 126.5-109.0 - 212.9

18. MUELLER Lukas (AUT) 122.0-111.5 - 212.8

19. NAGLIC Tomaz (SLO) 128.0-106.0 - 212.7

20. BIEGUN Krzysztof (POL) 127.5-106.0 - 210.3

21. MURANKA Klemens (POL) 130.5-105.5 - 208.3

22. LEYHE Stephan (GER) 129.5-102.5 - 208.1

23. MANDL Ziga (SLO) 128.0-103.5 - 205.2

24. KYKKAENEN Jere (FIN) 121.5-102.0 - 185.3

25. KRAUS Marinus (GER) 127.5-91.5 - 179.2

26. PFANNENSTILL Elias (AUT) 129.0-86.0 - 170.5

27. JUSTIN Rok (SLO) 120.0-93.0 - 168.9

28. ROENSEN Atle Pedersen (NOR) 121.0-91.0 - 166.1

29. FAIRALL Nicholas (USA) 125.0-83.0 - 159.9

30. SEMENIC Anze (SLO) 126.5-79.0 - 154.4

DID NOT QUALIFY FOR SECOND JUMP

31. PASCHKE Pius (GER) 120.5 - 112.9

32. LAMB Chris (USA) 119.5 - 110.1

33. HAYBOECK Stefan (AUT) 117.5 - 107.5

34. BIELA Stanislaw (POL) 115.0 - 101.5

35. GLASDER Michael (USA) 113.5 - 98.8

36. AALST VAN DER Oldrik (NED) 113.0 - 96.9

37. WIT DE Ruben (NED) 112.0 - 96.1

38. ROWLEY Matthew (CAN) 99.0 - 70.2

39. KOREK Dusty (CAN) 98.0 - 68.4

40. KLINGA Sebastian (FIN) 99.0 - 67.2

41. JONG, DE Rico (NED) 94.0 - 59.2

42. KRAMARSIC Matic (SLO) 93.5 - 57.3

43. FRIBERG Christian (USA) 90.0 - 54.5

44. SAMMELSELG Siim-Tanel (EST) 90.5 - 50.4

45. WALLACE Brian (USA) 89.5 - 48.6

46. HAUPT Alexander (USA) 82.0 - 38.1

47. MATTOON Nicholas (USA) 71.5 - 15.2

48. MAURER Joshua (CAN) 63.0 - 2.4

DISQUALIFIED

HLYVKA Vladymyr (UKR)

BICKNER Kevin (USA)

SECOND COMPETITION (Saturday, Feb. 9)

1. SEMENIC Anze (SLO) 133.0-136.0 - 281.7

2. BENEDIK Matic (SLO) 134.0-126.5 - 266.4

3. DIETHART Thomas (AUT) 129.0-130.0 - 264.2

4. POGRAJC Andraz (SLO) 122.5-134.5 - 261.6

5. PFANNENSTILL Elias (AUT) 134.5-129.5 - 259.7

6. KRAUS Marinus (GER) 127.0-127.0 - 254.7

7. BIEGUN Krzysztof (POL) 128.5-124.5 - 249.4

8. POPPINGER Manuel (AUT) 123.5-129.0 - 249.0

9. ASCHENWALD Philipp (AUT) 128.5-122.0 - 247.9

10. JOHANSSON Robert (NOR) 135.0-116.5 - 247.7

11. SWENSEN Vegard (NOR) 120.5-127.5 - 244.9

12. PASCHKE Pius (GER) 121.5-126.0 - 239.0

13. AIGNER Clemens (AUT) 118.0-126.0 - 235.2

14. MURANKA Klemens (POL) 120.5-126.0 - 234.7

15. MAYLAENDER Jan (GER) 124.5-118.0 - 231.0

16. HEIM Christian (GER) 127.0-118.0 - 229.5

17. INGVALDSEN Ole Marius (NOR) 124.0-119.5 - 228.8

18. KLUSEK Bartlomiej (POL) 114.5-125.5 - 228.0

19. SCHOFT Felix (GER) 129.5-111.5 - 227.8

20. ROENSEN Atle Pedersen (NOR) 112.0-129.0 - 226.8

21. MANDL Ziga (SLO) 114.0-124.5 - 222.8

22. MUELLER Lukas (AUT) 123.0-114.5 - 220.5

23. DEZMAN Nejc (SLO) 109.0-128.0 - 218.6

24. KRAMARSIC Matic (SLO) 116.5-119.5 - 218.3

25. NAGLIC Tomaz (SLO) 123.0-112.0 - 216.0

26. LEYHE Stephan (GER) 109.5-126.5 - 215.8

27. ZNISZCZOL Aleksander (POL) 105.5-125.5 - 206.8

28. AALST VAN DER Oldrik (NED) 108.5-115.5 - 192.2

29. KYKKAENEN Jere (FIN) 111.5-111.5 - 187.4

30. JUSTIN Rok (SLO) 104.0-107.5 - 169.7

DID NOT QUALIFY FOR SECOND JUMP

31. KOREK Dusty (CAN) 102.5 - 78.5

32. GLASDER Michael (USA) 99.5 - 72.6

33. SAMMELSELG Siim-Tanel (EST) 100.0 - 70.0

34. HLYVKA Vladymyr (UKR) 95.0 - 64.5

35. HAYBOECK Stefan (AUT) 98.5 - 63.8

36. FAIRALL Nicholas (USA) 94.0 - 61.7

37. BIELA Stanislaw (POL) 93.5 - 58.8

38. MIETUS Grzegorz (POL) 90.5 - 50.4

39. MATTOON Nicholas (USA) 86.0 - 46.8

40. LAMB Chris (USA) 87.0 - 43.6

41. ROWLEY Matthew (CAN) 83.5 - 40.3

42. BJERKEENGEN Fredrik (NOR) 84.5 - 40.1

43. FRIBERG Christian (USA) 83.5 - 38.3

44. KLINGA Sebastian (FIN) 80.5 - 36.9

45. WIT DE Ruben (NED) 73.5 - 18.3

46. HAUPT Alexander (USA) 70.0 - 15.5

47. BICKNER Kevin (USA) 69.0 - 14.7

48. JONG, DE Rico (NED) 67.0 - 8.1

49. MAURER Joshua (CAN) 64.0 - 2.7

50. WALLACE Brian (USA) 60.0 - 0.

THIRD COMPETITION (Sunday, Feb. 10)

1. SEMENIC Anze (SLO) 138.5-129.5 - 275.4

2. POGRAJC Andraz (SLO) 128.0-124.5 - 252.5

3. SCHOFT Felix (GER) 122.5-130.0 - 251.5

3. BENEDIK Matic (SLO) 124.5-128.0 - 251.5

5. MURANKA Klemens (POL) 123.0-130.5 - 251.3

6. BJERKEENGEN Fredrik (NOR) 127.0-125.0 - 251.1

7. MAYLAENDER Jan (GER) 121.5-127.0 - 243.8

8. DEZMAN Nejc (SLO) 122.0-126.5 - 242.3

9. POPPINGER Manuel (AUT) 127.0-122.5 - 242.1

10. JOHANSSON Robert (NOR) 122.0-125.5 - 239.0

11. INGVALDSEN Ole Marius (NOR) 123.0-123.5 - 234.7

12. KLUSEK Bartlomiej (POL) 115.5-126.0 - 230.7

13. KRAUS Marinus (GER) 130.0-112.5 - 230.5

14. MANDL Ziga (SLO) 116.5-124.5 - 229.3

15. ROENSEN Atle Pedersen (NOR) 121.5-119.0 - 225.9

16. PFANNENSTILL Elias (AUT) 118.5-123.5 - 225.6

17. BIEGUN Krzysztof (POL) 123.0-117.0 - 224.0

18. KRAMARSIC Matic (SLO) 118.0-121.0 - 223.7

19. ASCHENWALD Philipp (AUT) 123.0-115.5 - 223.3

20. SWENSEN Vegard (NOR) 112.5-123.0 - 216.9

21. LEYHE Stephan (GER) 124.5-112.0 - 216.2

22. MUELLER Lukas (AUT) 119.5-116.5 - 211.3

23. AIGNER Clemens (AUT) 118.0-112.5 - 207.4

24. HAYBOECK Stefan (AUT) 116.0-115.0 - 204.3

25. PASCHKE Pius (GER) 116.0-112.0 - 197.9

26. JUSTIN Rok (SLO) 110.0-112.5 - 192.5

27. ZNISZCZOL Aleksander (POL) 115.5-110.0 - 191.9

28. FAIRALL Nicholas (USA) 115.5-107.0 - 190.0

29. LAMB Chris (USA) 112.0-111.0 - 189.9

30. ROWLEY Matthew (CAN) 111.0-90.0 - 145.8

DID NOT QUALIFY FOR SECOND JUMP

31. GLASDER Michael (USA) 107.5 - 86.5

32. HEIM Christian (GER) 108.0 - 85.4

33. NAGLIC Tomaz (SLO) 106.0 - 84.8

34. KLINGA Sebastian (FIN) 104.0 - 80.7

35. SAMMELSELG Siim-Tanel (EST) 103.5 - 76.3

36. WIT DE Ruben (NED) 101.5 - 74.7

37. BIELA Stanislaw (POL) 96.0 - 64.8

38. MIETUS Grzegorz (POL) 93.5 - 60.8

39. KYKKAENEN Jere (FIN) 92.5 - 54.0

40. DIETHART Thomas (AUT) 88.5 - 51.8

41. MATTOON Nicholas (USA) 88.0 - 51.4

42. AALST VAN DER Oldrik (NED) 80.0 - 30.0

43. JONG, DE Rico (NED) 76.5 - 26.7

44. MAURER Joshua (CAN) 70.5 - 16.4

DID NOT START

KOREK Dusty (CAN)

HLYVKA Vladymyr (UKR)

 
 

 

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