LAKE PLACID, NY – Skiing down a ramp 20 metres above the ground and jumping off it, followed by cross-country skiing is not a sport normally associated with the South Dundas area. This is why three Morrisburg skiers, Emma (11), Kai (10), and Sam(8) Morrow travelled to the Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid, New York last weekend. The facility was the site of the 1980 Winter Olympics. The trio competed at the Empire State Winter Games February 1st-3rd.
All three Morrow kids competed in the Nordic-Combined event. In this event, a competitor first completes a pair of ski-jumps, for this level, off a 20-metre high ramp. Their position after the two jumps combined, sets their starting position for the cross-country skiing portion of the event.
Both Kai and Sam have been ski-jumping for a while, however Emma recently took up the sport. This was the first time any had competed at the ESWG.
Emma entered in the Girls Nordic-Combined, open-division. She finished in second place after the ski-jump event landing a 30.5 metre jump, followed by a 31.5 metre jump. She completed the 3,000 metre cross-country skiing portion of the event in 19 minutes, 41 seconds, resulting in a third place overall.
Kai and Sam both competed in the Under-12 Boys Nordic-Combined division. Kai landed a 37.5 metre, and a 37.0 metre jump to finish in eighth place in the ski-jumping portion. He completed the cross-country skiing porition in 15 minutes, 52 seconds, moving him up three spots to a fifth place finish overall.
Sam landed a pair of jumps, 24.0 metres and 23.5 metres, and was 14th after the ski-jumping portion. He then completed the cross-country skiing porition with a time of 22 minutes, 18 seconds, finishing in 11th place overall.
The Empire State Winter Games were founded after the 1980 Winter Olympics and are open to amateur athletes of all ages from the north-eastern United States and Canada.