Eau Claire Native Ben Loomis competes in Olympic Nordic Combined

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (WEAU) Ben Loomis made his Olympic debut early this morning competing in the Normal Hill/10K Nordic Combined event at the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

In the first part of the event, the ski jumping at the Normal Hill, Loomis jumped 86.5 meters and received a score of 79.5.

In the second part of the event, the 10K Nordic Skiing race, Loomis would come home 41st finishing in a time of 29:20.8. Loomis taking the positives out of his experience both on the ski hill and in the race.

"Jump in was pretty solid and you know the race was tough. I put it all out there so overall I'm happy."

"It was pretty windy on the course so it definitely made it hard if you were alone so you had to ski with people as much as possible and unfortunately I was kind of a tough position had to do a lot of work myself so that made it tricky with all the strong headwinds going up the hills."

The medalist in the event were Eric Frenzel of Germany taking home the gold, Akito Watabe of Japan the silver and Lukas Klapfer of Austria the bronze.

The top U.S. finisher was Bryan Fletcher who came home 17th, his brother Taylor Fletcher was 35th, followed by Loomis in 41st and Jasper Good in 45th.

The next individual event for the Nordic Combined athletes will be on Tuesday, February 20th in the Large Hill/10K event. The team event at the large hill takes place of Thursday, February 22nd.

The full results from the event can be found on the right corner under the link "Nordic Combined Normal/10K results".

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