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Austrians lead Continental Cup field of 35 at Giant Pine Mountain

BRADY COVERN, 8 of Niagara, Wis., gets an autograph from Clemens Leitner of Austria at Thursday’s Meet the Skiers event at Pine Mountain Resort. This is Leitner’s fourth time competing in Iron Mountain. (Jim Paul/Daily News photo)

Austrian skiers ranked in the top tier of the Continental Cup standings will lead a field of more than 35 athletes from nine nations competing at this weekend’s Pine Mountain event.

The list includes Jonas Schuster, 20, the son of an Austrian ski coach who broke the 400-foot barrier at Giant Pine in 1991. Werner Schuster competed from 1987 to 1995 and won three titles at Pine Mountain. His record leap of 400 feet stood for five years.

Jonas Schuster ranks third in the Continental Cup winter season after placing second Sunday at Brotterode, Germany. Last April he finished second at the FIS Junior World Ski Championships normal hill competition in Whistler, Canada.

Austria’s Maximillian Ortner, 21, is ranked second in the Winter Cup. He’s coming off a first-place finish Sunday at Brotterode.

Ortner also claimed a Continental Cup victory Feb. 4 in Lillehammer, Norway, where his longest ride was 446 feet. He turned in a best ride of 454 feet in 2023 at Pine Mountain.

ISAAC LARSON OF Ishpeming jumps on open training day at the Marshfield Dickinson Pine Mountain Continental Cup competition Thursday at Giant Pine Mountain. This was his first time at the hill. (Dave Kallmann photo)

Clemens Leitner, 25, of Austria is ranked fourth. Leitner’s most recent Continental Cup victory was Dec. 16 at Ruka, Finland, where he soared 463 feet.

Austrian jumper Francisco Moerth, 24, holds the sixth position in the Winter Cup. His most recent victory was Jan. 20 in Sapporo, Japan, where his best effort was 428 feet.

Other nations represented at Giant Pine are Germany, Poland, Slovenia, Norway, Kazakhstan, Switzerland, Slovakia and the United States.

Maksim Bartolj, 20, of Slovenia is ranked fifth in Continental Cup, while Norway’s Fredrik Villumstad, 24, holds the 10th spot. Villumstad competed at Pine Mountain a year ago, finishing no worse than seventh in four events March 3-5. He made the podium in Friday’s opening competition, placing third and sailing 438 feet.

Poland’s Maciej Kot, 32, has competed in World Cup tournaments this season and claimed a Continental Cup victory at Lillhammer earlier this month. Jakub Wolny, 28, of Poland placed second at a Pine Mountain Continental Cup in 2018, leaping 453 feet.

Kazakhstan’s Ilya Mizernykh, 17, placed first last month at the Youth Olympic Winter Games in Gangwon, South Korea. Felix Trunz, 17, of Switzerland finished fourth at the same event while Swiss teammate Yanick Wasser, 19, placed 10th.

Germany’s Adrian Tittel finished third at the Youth Olympic Winter Games. Slovakia is represented by 16-year-old Hektor Kapustik, who placed 16th.

The U.S. jumpers are Andrew Urlaub, 22; Dean Decker, 23; Jason Colby, 17; and Maxim Glyvka, 17. Urlaub ranks 58th on the World Cup circuit.

Admission buttons at the 2024 Marshfield Medical Center Dickinson Continental Cup must be worn at all times beginning today as official training starts at 1 p.m.

Two competitive rounds are scheduled Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., each consisting of two official rides. Saturday’s itinerary starts with a trial round at 10 a.m. An opening ceremony will take place at 1 p.m.

On Sunday, the trial round begins at 11 a.m. and competitive jumping at 1 p.m.

All times are weather dependent and may change without notice, organizers noted.

A shuttle will run Saturday from the Bay College parking lot to the north gate of the ski jump complex at the intersection of Bellagomba and Pine Mountain roads. The shuttle will run from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday and then again from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Cost for the shuttle will be $5 roundtrip. Riders must have a ski button to board and buttons will be available to purchase at the shuttle site.

Clemens Aigner of Austria holds the current hill record of 472 feet, set in 2020 before more than $3 million in renovations took place to bring the scaffold and hill up to FIS standards. Along with Austria’s Ortner, Germany’s Luca Roth sailed 454 feet at the 2023 meet.

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