WINTER GAMES

Ski jumper from Utah has disappointing first event

Feb 10, 2018, 5:37 PM | Updated: Apr 17, 2023, 4:02 pm

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It was not the finish he was hoping for in his first event of the 2018 Winter Games.

Will Rhoads, who grew up in Park City, competed in the Men’s Normal Hill Individual qualifying event. He finished 46th out of 50 jumpers, not nearly good enough to advance to the final round.

“I made a big technological change that led to a mistake,” Rhoads said.

But the U.S. Olympic Ski Jumper still has plenty to look forward to in South Korea.

“I’m better in Long Hill so I’m looking forward to that for sure.”

Rhoads, 22, is making his Olympic debut, something he’s been dreaming about since he was a kid growing up in Utah.

“The Olympic experience has been really cool. It’s been really hectic, tiring, but the whole thing has been really fun.”

Rhoads will compete in the Long Hill Ski Jumping competition next week where he will look for a better result.

Team USA had four jumpers competing in the Normal Hill event. Only Kevin Bickner advanced to the final round and finished 24th.

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