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Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition

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BRATTLEBORO, Vt. -

When it comes to winter sports, not all of the action is in Sochi. This weekend, Vermont hosts the Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition. It's a tradition in Brattleboro that is more 90-years-old. 

"This is a blast, this is a really big part of what Brattleboro is," said Peter "Fish" Case.

Case has been coming to the Harris Hill Ski Jumping Competition in Brattleboro for 20 years and volunteering as an announcer for the last eight. The event that draws more than 40 of the world's top jumpers as they launch from the takeoff at speeds of over 60 miles per hour. It's an Olympic-sized 90-meter jump and a 92-year-old Brattleboro tradition.

"It's really really cool," said spectator Nicholas Gargiulo.

There's also plenty of action off the jump and fun for the whole family. These kids took advantage of all the fresh snow for a little hill sliding competition of their own. The talented athletes competing, in the only domestic stop in a 9-event International Skiing Federation FIS cup series say, there's something special about jumping in Brattleboro.

"It's pretty fun. It's always really exciting to be jumping in front of the hometown crowd, friends and family and everything. It's really exciting," said jumper Spencer Knickerbocker.

"This event is great because at most of the international competitions we go to, you don't get a big hometown turnout. In Brattleboro, you get an amazing amount of people who come," said jumper Will Rhodes.

Event organizers say the annual event also helps Brattleboro's economy get a boost.

"It's important, it's important for our town. You know, if you looked around the parking lot there would be as many out of state license plates as there are local," said Liz Richards. She is on the Harris Hill Ski Jump Committee.

Many who have jumped at the event have gone on to compete in the Olympics. Some at the event Saturday hope to do the same.

"Hopefully the 2018 Olympics. That's always a goal on the horizon," Knickerbocker said.

With the strong community working together to put on a world class and fun event those volunteering say everyone wins.

"The people that you see coming together to bring this event together, each and every year- it's just an amazing thing for the community," Case said.

High flying actions with a home town feel.

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