From left, Nick Alexander of Lebanon, Nick Fairall of Andover and Chris Lamb, also of Andover, share the podium Sunday at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Park City, Utah. (U.S. SKI TEAM)
A Granite State ski jump sweep
“His consistency level has been up and down, but he certainly had two good runs over the weekend,” said Jones of Fairall, of Andover, who topped Lebanon’s Nick Alexander and Andover’s Chris Lamb for his first U.S. Ski Jumping Large Hill Championship title Sunday on a snowless hill in Park City, Utah.
“It was pretty neat to share the podium with them,” said Fairall, who returned to New Hampshire Monday to celebrate his win with family and friends.
“We’ve trained and pushed each other for years and we even car pool to events close to home like to Lake Placid. So to win the U.S. title and share the moment with them was special.”
Alexander, trained at the Lebanon Outing Club, and Lamb graduated from the National Sports Academy in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“The Olympics is my ultimate goal and this win definitely gives me confidence moving forward,” said Fairall, who will resume his ski jumps in Europe next week. He will compete in France and Switzerland before making a trip to Japan for another summer grand prix ski jumping event.
Fairall and his teammates will return to Park City, Utah for the Olympic Trials on Dec. 28-29.
Jones called Alexander’s second place finish “definitely solid for him. It certainly didn’t surprise me. He’s been skiing at a high level and working to stay relaxed under pressure. Recently Chris was living in Norway to train there and its paid off. As a team we’re building momentum and establishing an identity. It just so happens we have a solid group from New Hampshire leading the way.”