26 October 2015

British Ski Jumping twins score excellent results at US National competition

18-year old twins Robert and Jake Lock produced excellent results by finishing 8th and 15th respectively in the open section of the 2015 US national competition in windy conditions on a K90 hill on 11 October. The day before though saw Jake finishing in first place and Robert fifth in the junior competition on the same hill. The results showed the benefit of following a pathway programme since they began ski jumping aged 9 years in Calgary, Canada.

Members of the Park City Nordic Ski Club, Utah, since 2008, the twins are coached by ex-US ski jumper, Blake Hughes. Blake is taking a well-planned approach to their development and entry into FIS Cup competitions in Europe and N. America this coming season. A key target event will be entry as GB athletes in the World Junior Nordic Ski Championships in February 2016, providing Robert and Jake compete well in the FIS Cup in Norway and the Czech Republic before Christmas.

The healthy rivalry between the twins is a very positive spur to their determination to become the best jumpers they can be. Jake’s current longest jump in training stands at 129 mtrs, while Robert’s is 130 mtrs, not forgetting of course that style also matters in competition. Their determination is admirably matched by the support of their parents.

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