Sunday, September 29, 2002
Jones edges Spillane for second Cup title
PARK CITY, Utah -- Clint Jones of Steamboat Springs, Colo.,
had the longest jump of the day to edge Nordic combined skier
Johnny Spillane by 3.1 points and win his second Continental Cup
ski jumping meet at Utah Olympic Park on Sunday.
In the final round of the two-day meet, Jones, 17, had jumps of
119 and 124.5 meters for 236.8 points. Spillane, also from
Steamboat Springs, jumped 120 and 124 meters but received lower
style points from the five judges to finish with 233.7.
Simon Ammann of Switzerland, who won both Olympic jumping
competitions at Utah Olympic Park last February, was third at
226.8. Germans Kai Bracht and Stefan Pieper were fourth and fifth,
respectively, in the Visa Continental Cup field of 68.
Gusting winds forced a brief delay as the competition headed
into the final 10 jumpers, but stabilized for the leaders.
"I knew I needed a long jump and then I could feel I had a good
takeoff,'' Jones said. "This was an awesome competition and then
me, Johnny and Simon on the podium is awesome, too.''