Geraghty-Moats Wins Women’s Nordic Combined Event in Germany

  • West Fairlee’s Tara Geraghty-Moats competes in the roller ski portion of Saturday’s FIS Summer Grand Prix Women’s Nordic Combined in Oberwiesenthal, Germany. Geraghty-Moats won Sunday’s second FIS event after placing second overall on Saturday.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Oberwiesenthal, Germany — There was only one way West Fairlee’s Tara Geraghty-Moats was going to top her performance in Saturday’s inaugural FIS women’s Nordic combined event on Sunday. So she did it.

An improved ski jump result followed by a second straight dominant performance on roller skis gave Geraghty-Moats the win in Sunday’s second FIS Summer Grand Prix Women’s Nordic Combined. Geraghty-Moats, 25, was fourth after the jump in Saturday’s competition, but she piled up 106.1 points on Sunday’s jump and used that as the springboard to her victory.

“I had never jumped here before, and I’ve obviously never competed in Nordic combined before,” Geraghty-Moats said in a news release. “The second day, I feel like everything came together. I felt much more on top of things on the ski jump and was rewarded with a little bit easier of a ski, so I didn’t have to fight so hard to be on the podium.”

Geraghty-Moats trailed only Germany’s Jenny Nowak through the jumping portion of the competition. As she did on Saturday, she dominated the cross country roller skiing, covering three laps of a 1.5-kilometer loop in 11 minutes, 0.8 seconds, nearly a half-minute better than her closest pursuer and well beyond the times of the athletes chasing podiums.

Russia’s Stefaniya Nadymova, who edged Geraghty-Moats on Saturday, took second, with Nowak in third. Geraghty-Moats competes out of the New York Ski Education Foundation.