Winter sports roundup: Park City's Anders Johnson competes in ski jumping, while speedskaters take to the ice
Jim Urquhart, AP
ESTO-SADOK, Russia — Park City’s Anders Johnson didn’t have the jumps he wanted, but after struggling with injuries, he was just happy to be competing at the Winter Games.
“My jumping is a little inconsistent right now,” said the three-time Olympic ski jumper. “I was just a little off on that jump. It definitely wasn’t the best jump I’ve had so far, but it’s all right. It’s still fun.”
Johnson had trouble training as hard as he needed to because of lingering aches and pains.
“Being in the final was what I was hoping for to start off the games,” Johnson said. “I didn’t have very good prep into the games. I was kind of hurt a little bit the week leading in, so I was just pretty happy to be able to come and jump. Everything else was pretty much a bonus.”
Neither Johnson, nor his teammate Peter Frenette, made the final, as they finished 47th and 45th, respectively.
The highest finishing American was New Hampshire’s Nick Alexander, who barely missed the cutoff for the finals at 35th place.
“I’ve been jumping for 95 meters the whole week, and I finally pulled it off,” Alexander said. “That was a goal I accomplished so I’m pretty happy. The landing could have definitely been better, though.”
Poland’s Kamil Stoch won gold, while Slovenia’s Peter Prevc won silver and Norway’s Anders Bardal won bronze.
LONG TRACK SPEEDSKATING
Jilleanne Rookard of Michigan finished 10th in the women’s 3,000-meter race in long track speedskating Sunday at the Adler Arena in Sochi.
Rookard’s time was 4:10.02. Dutch skater Irene Wust earned gold with a time of 4:00.34, while Martina Sablikova, Czech Republic, earned silver with a time of 4:01.95. Russia’s Olga Graf earned bronze with a time of 4:03.47.
Rookard’s teammate, Anna Ringsred of Minnesota, finished 26th with a time of 4:24.51.
New York’s Chris Mazdzer was the highest finishing U.S. luge athlete Sunday with a 13th place finish at the Sanki Sliding Center in the Krasnaya Polyana mountains 45 minutes away from Sochi.
Mazdzer’s combined time was 3:29.954 — 2.428 seconds behind gold medalist Felix Lock of Germany. Loch’s winning time was 3:27.526, while Russia’s Albert Demchenko earned silver with a time of 3:28.002. Italy’s Armin Zoeggeler won bronze with a time of 3:28.797.
The other U.S. men finished well with Tucker West of Connecticut earning 22nd place, while Aidan Kelly of New York was 24th.
Susan Dunklee (Barton, Vt.) finished 14th in the women's 7.5km biathlon sprint at the Laura Cross-Country and Biathlon Center in Sochi's Mountain Cluster Sunday afternoon.
Dunklee posted a time of 21:48.3, 41.5 seconds behind Anastasiya Kuzmina of Slovakia, whose time of 21:06.8 earned her the gold medal. The silver went to Olga Vilukhina of Russia in 21:26.7, while Ukraine's Vita Semerenko won the bronze with a time of 21:28.5.
Sara Studebaker (Boise) finished 44th with a time of 22:59.5, while Annelies Cook (Saranac Lake, N.Y.) was 53rd with a time of 23:23.4. Hannah Dreissigacker (Morrisville, Vt.) was 65th with a time of 23:55.0.
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