Lebanon’s Alexander 3rd In Germany

photo: of Nick Alexander, third place (right side of podium) 

Photo Credit: Nick Fairall

photo: of Nick Alexander, third place (right side of podium) Photo Credit: Nick Fairall

Neustadt, Germany — Arising at the right time and at the right place, Lebanon’s Nick Alexander is not likely to ever forget yesterday, when he stunned the ski jumping world by taking third place at a Continental Cup event here in the famed Black Forest of Germany.

Alexander was first after the initial round of competition on the HS 142 meter jump. The 24-year-old Lebanon Outing Club star nailed fine jumps of 134 and 136.5 meters, good for 266.9 points.

Twenty-four-year-old Norwegian Fredrik Bjerkeengen earned his career victory. Hr was second following the first round with a jump of 135 meters, followed by a 136.5-meter jump for total of 271.2 points. Austrian skier Manuel Fettner placed second with jumps of 134 and 136.5 for 267.9 overall points.

“I am very happy, relaxed and had good rhythm,” Alexander said in a news release. “I’m on the podium for the first time in my international career. I think this is my hill. I love it.”

Another New Hampshire jumper, Chris Lamb, of Andover Outing Club, also enjoyed a fine day by placing 24th with a pair of jumps of 127.5 meters.

U.S. coach Casey Colby said that Alexander’s progress has been steady. “Everything is just coming together for him,” he said. “His in-run speeds have gotten faster, and that’s where the longer jumps come from. Last week in Austria, he realized he needed to really relax more with his jumping and try to make the movements simple. It looks like his jumps today were very relaxed, and he is trusting his abilities.”

Alexander, a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic ski jumping team, was thrilled.

“Today was a great day,” he said, “I had a lot of fun on the hill and I was able to relax more and enjoy myself. There are so many people to thank, especially from the Upper Valley. I could not have done this without them, and there support means very much to me.”