Young ski jumpers hone skills at Memorial Park

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BRATTLEBORO — The Europeans' run of six consecutive Fred Harris Memorial championships could be coming to an end soon.

After all, there are nine young ski jumpers in the area working hard to dethrone them.

Todd Einig is the coach and director of the local Junior Jumping Program, which consists of athletes ages 6-12 from Vermont and New Hampshire. The group practices twice a week on Memorial Park's 18 meter jump.

"I restarted the Junior Jumping Program in 2018 under the Harris Hill Nordic Club title. At the same time, started the ball rolling for fundraising to rebuild the Junior Jump at Memorial Park," said Einig. "After two years and a lot of community support, we finally have a functional ski jump for our team to practice on."

Spencer Knickerbocker, who attended Brattleboro Union High School for a couple of years, has been the hometown favorite at recent Harris Hill events. Junior Jumpers such as Spencer Jones (Putney), Maisie Arnold (Dummerston), Ava Einig (Guilford), Max Becker (Guilford) and Miles Becker (Guilford) have a chance to experience that Brattleboro love in the near future.

"We compete in Lebanon (N.H.), Hanover (N.H.), Newport (Vt.), Salisbury (Conn.), Andover (N.H.) and Lake Placid (N.Y.)," noted the ski jumping coach/director. "We have a competition here scheduled for Feb. 29. Jumpers from all over the northeast will be here."

Junior Jumpers Maisie Arnold, 12, and Olive Jennings, 11, each placed second in a tournament on Jan. 26 in Lebanon, N.H. It could be one of those two rising stars that puts a sudden end to the Europeans' dominance in the Fred Harris Memorial event.

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Junior Jumping Program

Todd Einig (coach)

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Spencer Jones, 9, Putney

Maisie Arnold, 12, Dummerston

Ava Einig, 10, Guilford

Max Becker, 11, Guilford

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Miles Becker, 6, Guilford

Cadel Cox, 11, Peterborough NH

Senja Cox, 10, Peterborough NH

Cyder Jennings, 11, Lempster NH

Olive Jennings, 12, Lempster NH

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