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2010 Winter Olympics: Experience has Johnson soaring

Park City's Anders Johnson .
Park City's Anders Johnson .
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WHISTLER, B.C. - Park City's Anders Johnson didn't have the performance he was hoping for in his second Olympics, but he still enjoyed competing as a team in the ski jumping event Monday.

The U.S. finished 11th in the competition, in which Austria won gold, Germany won silver and Norway won bronze.

"Team events are always fun, whether you do well in them or not," he said. "The environment's totally different. Ski jumping's a really individual sport, and so when you finally get a team together that are working together, it's fun."

Johnson said he's proud of the fact that the U.S. can qualify a team in what is still a developing sport in many ways. "To even have three Americans here is huge," Johnson said. "Switzerland (Simon Ammann) won both the K90 and K120 individual events, and their team alone can only qualify two (skiers)," he said. "And we're basically just a back-woods club team right now that qualified three people from the U.S."

— Amy Donaldson