Team USA went head-to-head against 11 other nations Monday night on the large hill at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, finishing 10th at the final ski jumping event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games. The four-man American team put down some solid jumps but was not able to advance to the eight-team final round, where Germany went on to take gold. The event will be broadcast on NBC’s Latenight Olympic coverage at 1:00 a.m. EST, but it can also be streamed in its entirety on NBCOlympics.com.
Anders Johnson (Park City, UT), Nick Fairall (Andover, NH), Nick Alexander (Lebanon, NH) and Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) made up the U.S. team. Alexander led Team USA with a 126.5-meter jump that scored 114.4 points.
Photo Sarah Brunson / U.S. Ski Team / Anders Johnson
Anders states that, “My jump was close to where I was hoping for, just a little off, but it’s definitely moving in a positive direction so that’s good. The hill here is difficult. It’s a little different and it’s been a little tricky to get used to, but it’s a lot like the newer hills that they’re building these days. So it just takes a little getting used to”.
He continues, “Some of the older hills were a little bit steeper, especially in the in-run. So the pressure coming into the first curve of the in-run, you’d kind of feel that load with your legs. These hills are a little bit longer curved and flatter so it’s hard to get that pressure from the legs. It’s a bit difficult to judge and a bit difficult to feel naturally. You have to force a little bit of feeling, but that’s how hills are being built these days so it’s something you’ve got to get used to”.