Nick Alexander won the title at the US National
Championships on the normal hill in Lake Placid
ahead of Nick Fairall and Anders Johnson.
After his good performances in this year's FIS Grand
Prix, Nick Alexander also proved his good shape
on the Olympic hill of the Games of 1980. With two
jumps on 99 m he showed the best performance in
both rounds and took a clear win with a total of
"You got to be able to relax and enjoy things
out there and not put too much pressure on yourself",
the 25-year-old told after winning his second national
title. And after a very good summer for him, Nick
Alexander already set his personal goals for the
upcoming season. "We've had a great summer
of training and when you get these kind of consistent
results it makes you believe you are supposed to
be there, so I'm doing my best to be consistent
and that's my goal now and that's my goal for the
winter, to be consistently among the Top 30 in the
It was a close fight for the other two spots on
the podium. Nick Fairall, who won the large hill
title in Ausgust ahead of Alexander, came in second
this time with 94 m and 92.5 m (242.5 points). Only
0.5 points behind, Anders Johnson was third (94.5
m and 90.5 m), Peter Frenette missed the podium
by only one point and finished fourth.
About five weeks before the start of the winter
season, head coach Clint Jones was satisfied with
the performance of his athletes. "The level
of our guys is quite high now and I was very happy
with the overall team performance. It was a great
way to end the summer season and I have been happy
to see the improvements that our team has made over
the past five months."
Lindsey Van took a clear win in the ladies' competition.
The 2009 World Champion won the title with 92 m
and 96.5 m and 250.0 points. The second place went
to Jessica Jerome with 223.5 points (86.5 m and
91 m), followed by Alissa Johnson as third (80 m
and 81.5 m; 185 points).
"I started jumping well a couple of weeks ago.
It's nice, as I was struggeling a couple of years.
I had fun today and jumping is about fun. I try
not to get too serious about it and really try to
enjoy it", said Lindsey Van. For her it was
already her 16th national title.
Top 10 US Championships, Lake Placid K90; October
Rank Name Distance Points
1. Alexander, Nick 99 m - 99 m 263.5
2. Fairall, Nick 94 m - 92.5 m 242.5
3. Johnson, Anders 94.5 m - 90.5 m 242.0
4. Frenette, Peter 91 m - 95.5 m 241.0
5. Rhoads, William 92 m - 90 m 232.5
Glasder, Michael 89 m . 93.5 m 232.5
7. Rowley, Matthew 89 m - 92.5 m 230.0
8. Wallace, Brian 88 m - 87 m 213.5
9. Lamb, Chris 84.5 m - 87.5 m 210.0
10. Friberg, Christian 87.5 m - 83.5 m 204.5