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Sochi Olympics

Granite Staters at the Sochi Olympics

  • United States' Nicholas Fairall waves to a camera after an attempt during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    United States' Nicholas Fairall waves to a camera after an attempt during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • United States' Nicholas Fairall waves to a camera after an attempt during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    United States' Nicholas Fairall waves to a camera after an attempt during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

  • United States' Nicholas Fairall waves to a camera after an attempt during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
  • United States' Nicholas Fairall waves to a camera after an attempt during the ski jumping large hill final at the 2014 Winter Olympics, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Ski jumping – Andover’s Nick Fairall was the top American in a windy large hill event, finishing 35th overall with a jump of 120 meters and just missing the cutoff of top-30 for the final round. Lebanon’s Nick Alexander finished 48th. “I definitely had better technique in terms of pushing on the takeoff. That was definitely a good step forward, but there’s still a lot of room for improvement,” Fairall said. “The winds are kind of switching around back and forth, but I think the jury is doing a good job trying to keep it as fair as they can.” Both jumpers will be back in action tomorrow in the team competition.

Alpine skiing – North Conway’s Leanne Smith was the first racer to make it down the super G course cleanly, but finished 18th after the rest of the field adjusted to the rapidly changing snow conditions. “I knew it wasn’t going to last long,” Smith said of being in first place for a while. “All you have to do is problem solve and watch me go down and make my mistakes and be the guinea pig. It’s how these later girls make the adjustment.”

Nordic skiing – After a pair of disappointing finishes, Andover’s Kris Freeman thanked fans on his website (krisfreeman.net) yesterday – “I have been flattered and humbled by the supportive letters, emails, and texts that I have received over the last week” – and said he’d likely skied his last race in Sochi. He’d been expected to compete in four races. “I am clearly far from my best right now and it would be fair to give fresher teammates a chance in the later races,” he wrote.

Today – Franconia’s Bode Miller is expected to take the start gate for the men’s super G (NBC, 7 p.m.)

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