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Super skiers: Competition draws contestants from around the nation, world

Suicide Hill Ski Bowl glows is pictured in the distance. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

Athletes from all around the United States, Finland, Norway and Slovenia competed at the 133rd annual Suicide Hill Ski Jumping Tournament in Negaunee Tuesday night.

The event was hosted by the Ishpeming Ski Club at Suicide Hill, which is located off County Road in Negaunee.

“We really had pretty much the ultimate evening that you could possibly have for ski jumping,” said Gary Rasmussen, chief of competition and head ski jumping coach for the Ishpeming Ski Club. “The hill was in perfect condition, hard and fast, smooth as can be. The winds were nominal and then perfect for jumping. We had a great crowd and a terrific competition.”

In the men’s U.S. Cup U20 Class, which is for those under 20 years old, Tate Frantz of New York Ski Educational Foundation placed first with a top distance of 92 meters; Caleb Zuckerman took second with a top distance of 99 meters and Beckett Ledger took third with a top distance of 86 meters.

Anna Hoffman of Blackhawk Ski Club took first in the Women’s U.S. Cup Class, with a top distance of 86.5 meters. Jillian Highfill claimed second with a distance of 75.5 meters and Cara Larson was third with a distance of 73 meters.

Niko Loytainen flies through the air before landing his jump during the tournament. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

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Corey Kelly can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.

Niko Loytainen flies through the air before landing his jump during the tournament. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

Spectators crowd around two large bonfires for warmth at the 133rd annual ski jumping tournament at Suicide Hill Ski Bowl Tuesday night. The event featured skiers from the United States, Finland, Norway and Slovenia. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)

A fireworks display ends the evening at the 133rd annual competition. (Journal photo by Corey Kelly)