More than 40 of the world’s top mail and female ski jumpers competed in the annual Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition February 15th and 16th, 2014 in Brattleboro, Vermont. The event drew contestants from Europe, Canada and the US. The 90 meter jump designed to International Ski Federation specifications saw competitors soar more than 300 feet at speeds of nearly 60 mph.
The Slovenia ski jumper Miran Zupancic won the FIS Cup, the Pepsi Challenge and the Fred Harris Memorial Tournament. He posted a 264.5 to lead a 1-2-3 finish for Slovenia, outdistancing the field. Slovenia jumpers have taken home four of the last 10 Fred Harris Memorial Trophies.
Zupancic, 23, had a monster jump of 100.5 meters — the longest of the weekend — at 84 kph on the first of his two runs. His second jump hit 92 meters, which tied for the third-longest of the day.
Mitja Meznar, who competed for Slovenia in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, came in second (246 points) and countryman Ernest Prislic third (232). Slovenia’s Matic Kramarsic was sixth (225).