The Fred Harris Memorial ski jump tournament was underway Sunday in Brattleboro, with jumpers traveling from all over the world competing in the nearly 100-year-old event.
Organizers estimated that about five thousand people watched as Blaz Pavlic, a 21-year-old jumper from Slovenia won the event for the third time. Chris Lamb, a Marlboro College graduate who won in 2010 and 2013, came in second.
Simon Viehhauser, a ski jumper, traveled all the way from Austria, for the competition. “Our trainers are talking to us like a competition in our country, and they just said we can qualify for that event here, and yeah I qualified.”
“Ski jumping is kind of this obscure sport in the U.S even though it’s an Olympic sport, and I think to have an Olympic sized ski jump in New England with a huge crowd and such a fun event is very unique.”
On Saturday, the hill hosted the Pepsi Challenge and the U.S Cup. Competitors like 14-year-old Tate Frantz, from Lake Placid, say these events can help them qualify for the national team.
“Yesterday I secured my overall win for that. So I qualified for the national junior ski jumping team… So that’s pretty awesome. And then today is just a more fun and less stressed comp,” said Frantz.
From here, some of these competitors will be heading to Park City, Utah, and Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to compete in junior national championships.