Arnone hoping third time's a charm at Harris Hill

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BRATTLEBORO — When asked what she thought Brattleboro fans should know about her, Tess Arnone took her time before responding.

"My teammates say that I'm the team mom," replied the 16-year-old from Colorado. "I'm always prepared. I just want to take care of everyone."

This weekend, Arnone will be competing at Harris Hill for the third straight time. Her best jump so far went 65 meters in 2019 and her best finish in Brattleboro was seventh place last year.

"It's a really fun competition. It's not super-high stress and I like that. It gives you a chance to get to know other athletes," she noted.

The Steamboat Springs resident makes up one-third of the Junior World Championship women's Nordic combined team, meaning her best event mixes cross-country skiing and ski jumping. She recently took 14th in that discipline at the Youth Olympics in Switzerland.

She started ski jumping when she was just 3.

"It's falling with style," is how she described it. "When I get on the bar, I get ready, think about what I need to work on, and just think of simple and direct ideas. When I drop in, I just relax and go by muscle memory."

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Arnone said that she practices five days a week.

"I have great teammates. We are very supportive, pushing each other to do our best," she mentioned.

Cara Larson of Illinois is the favorite in the women's ski jumping division this weekend, being one of the newest members of the Junior World Championship Team. She is currently ranked second in the U.S. Cup standings.

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The 98th Harris Hill ski jumping competition will be held this weekend on Cedar Street, with the action beginning at 12:15 p.m. each day. The Pepsi Challenge and US Cup are scheduled for Saturday, with the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament slated for Sunday.

Women's Open Field

Cara Larson

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Macey Olden

Tess Arnone

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