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Molly Denney keeps ski-jumping tradition

Ten-year-old Molly Denney, the fourth child of the ski jumping Denney family of Duluth, continued in the family tradition this winter, competing in ski jumping tournaments across the Midwest. Recently, she competed in a three-meet Northstar Cup S...

Ten-year-old Molly Denney, the fourth child of the ski jumping Denney family of Duluth, continued in the family tradition this winter, competing in ski jumping tournaments across the Midwest. Recently, she competed in a three-meet Northstar Cup Series, which was held between the Duluth Nordic Ski Club, Itasca Ski Club of Coleraine and Cloquet Ski Club.

The first leg was held at Mount Itasca in Coleraine, the second at Pine Valley in Cloquet, and the third, slated to be in Duluth, was redirected to Cloquet due to prevailing water problems in the ski jump outrun area at Chester Bowl. Results were compiled from all three meets for the basis of awards.

Molly walked away with a first place win in the 10-meter open class. "She's had a fun, but short, ski jumping season," said her father and coach, two-time Olympic ski jumper Jim Denney. "Unfortunately, without much natural snow, we have been squeezed for sites that can hold competitions here in the Midwest, and we have been unable to train at home. We were lucky to be able to hold all three legs of this Northstar Cup meet. The kids from the northern Minnesota ski jumping clubs look forward to this competitive series every year."

Molly was the lone junior jumper from the Duluth Nordic Ski Club to compete in the series Her older brothers Jimmy and Eric are skiing on the national-level large hill circuit (90-meter and 120-meter jumps), where she is often seen on the sidelines cheering them on.

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