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Geraghty-Moats Dominates Nordic Combined in Germany

By U.S. Ski & Snowboard
August, 19 2018
Tara Geraghty-Moats
Tara Geraghty-Moats celebrates her victory in the second Ladies’ Individual Gundersen/5k summer Grand Prix event in Germany Sunday. (USA Nordic)

Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, Vt.) took the win in the second Ladies’ Individual Gundersen/5k Summer Grand Prix event in Oberwiesenthal, Germany Sunday. 

“I had never jumped here before, and I’ve obviously never competed in Nordic Combined before," said Geraghty-Moats, who finished second in Saturday's inaugural ladies event. "The second day I felt like everything came together, I felt much more on top of things on the ski jump and was rewarded with a little bit easier ski so I didn’t have to fight so hard to be on the podium.”

Geraghty-Moats showed her cross-country prowess after a good jump and ended her race one minute and 14 seconds ahead of Russia’s Stefaniya Nadymova, who won Saturday's event. Germany's Jenny Nowak finished third again Sunday. 

The jumping event shook yesterday’s ranking up quite a bit with Nowak taking a narrow lead over Geraghty-Moats (94.5 m) and Austria's Lisa Hirner (95 m), who shared the second intermediate position with 106.1 points each. This meant a four-second delay on Nowak, who had shown 96 meters (107.1 p.).

In the 5k roller ski race, Geraghty-Moats was never in any real danger of losing the victory after she left Hirner, Nadymova and Nowak behind in the first lap of the race. The Russian and the German skied together for most of the second round but going out on the third lap, Nadymova emerged as the stronger roller-skier and put some distance between her and the local hero. 

In the men's Individual Gundersen/10k, Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, Wis.) was the top American in 28th. Jasper Good (Steamboat Springs, Colo.) was 30th.