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By Jana Peterson
Pine Knot News 

Trio of homegrown jumpers compete at national championships


March 8, 2019

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It's 45 degrees out, way too hot for these northern boys. Aidan Ripp (Cloquet), Aric David (Coleraine), Woody Waugh (Cloquet) and Timothy Ziegler (Ishpeming, Mich.) cool off during a Nordic ski workout during an official training day at the 2019 USA Nordic Ski Jumping Nordic Combined Junior Championships in Park City, Utah, last week.

When asked who her Nordic combined female role models are, Cloquet eighth-grader Charlotte Ripp doesn't have a quick answer. She can name her favorite ski jumpers or Nordic skiers, but the truth is, Ripp is part of the first generation of girls to compete in Nordic combined, which combines both sports.

Women jumpers broke new ground when they competed in the 2014 Olympics. Nordic combined isn't even an Olympic sport yet for women, although this was the first year for women's Nordic combined Cup competitions in Europe and the USA.

"There's a lot of older jumpers, but for Nordic combined, the...

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