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      Ski jumpers meet with over 100 students

      Itâ??s that time of year again when dozens and dozens of foreign ski jumpers and their coaches make their way to Dickinson County for the annual Continental Cup ski jumping competitions.

      All of the jumpers have arrived now in Iron Mountain, but the team from the Netherlands wanted to make a quick stop before testing out the jump Thursday morning. Three jumpers met Thursday morning with over a hundred elementary students from Iron Mountain to answer questions about their ski jumping careers.

      â??Well, I didn't really expect that many kids, but it was really fun, and all they asked was about how it was and mostly about crashes,â?? said jumper, Ruben de Wit.

      They brought in the gear they use for jumping: their helmets, suits, and skis. Students asked questions anywhere from â??What does it feel like to fly?â?? to â??Do you think you'll make the Olympics next year?â??

      â??It was cool, they spoke English very well,â?? said sixth grader Madelyn Yake.

      Madelyn said she wasnâ??t able to ask a question, but if she could have, â??Is there is a certain thing they do to get themselves pepped up and ready to just go flying?â?? Yake said.

      Not a bad question, but there were so many to be answered, there simply wasn't enough time. Also, the question-answer event was something the jumpers werenâ??t used to.

      â??No, this is pretty new for us, but it's really fun,â?? de Wit said.

      The kids also decorated the Pine Mountain Ski Resort with class projects.

      â??We were working on a 3D landscape and it was supposed to be a scene of a ski jumper jumping off,â?? Yake said.

      And as far as Madelyn trying her hand at ski jumping anytime soon?

      â??I don't know, Iâ??d probably end up severely injuring myself,â?? Yake said.

      The 75th annual FIS Continental Cup ski Jumping Tournament takes place this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Opening ceremonies are on Saturday at 12:15 p.m. Central Time.


      Friday, February 7: Training at 10:30 a.m.; Competition at 1:30 p.m.

      Saturday, February 8: Trial Round at 11 a.m.; Opening Ceremonies at 12:15 p.m.; Competition at 1 p.m.

      Sunday, February 9: Trial Round at 11 a.m.; Competition at 1 p.m.

      BOSS Snowplow will also be offering safe rides home on Saturday, free of charge. Buttons for admittance can be purchased at the event and are needed to re-enter the competition.