Ski jumping under way at Pine Mountain

IRON MOUNTAIN – Jumping is scheduled to continue today at Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain following the completion of competitions on Saturday.

In the first competition, Fredrik Bjerkeengen of Norway was the first-place winner. Bjerkeengen’s longest jump was 137.5 meters or 451 feet. His second jump was 135 meters.

Second place was Matic Benedik of Slovania. His jump of 138.5 meters, or 454 feet, was the longest jump in the first competition. Third place went to Christian Heim of Germany.

In the second competition, Arize Semenic of Slovania was first, Matic Benedik of Slovania second and Thomas Diethart of Austria took third.

Today’s events are scheduled for a trial round at 11 a.m. CST, opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m., and the final competition at 1 p.m.

At least one round of jumping has been canceled in each of the last three years at Pine Mountain because of bad weather.

All second-day jumps were canceled in 2010, the second round of second-day jumps were canceled in 2011, and all first-day jumps were canceled last year.

Pine Mountain Road will be closed to through traffic from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today for the competition.

Booster buttons are required for admission into the Pine Mountain area.