Granite Stater to jump for U.S. Olympic Team


ANDOVER, N.H. (AP) -- Nicholas Fairall of Andover, N.H., has won the men’s ski jumping competition at Park City, Utah, to qualify for his first Olympic Games.

Fairall scored 253.5 points during Sunday’s competition to earn his first Olympic spot. Anders Johnson was second, 4.5 points behind. Peter Frenette finished third with 245.5 points.

The 2014 games are in Sochi, Russia.

Fairall, who is a member of the Andover Outing Club, cleared 96 meters on his first jump to score 127.5 points and take a 6-point lead over Johnson. After Johnson scored 126.5 points on his second jump, Fairall cleared 96 meters again and scored 126 points.

The games begin Feb. 7.

The other three spots on the U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping Team will be determined by international competition. Two other Granite Staters are in the running, including Chris Lamb of Andover and Nick Alexander of Lebanon.


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