Lindsey Van is one of the major catalysts behind the rise of women’s ski jumping, not only dominating podiums, but advocating for the sport and even starring in a ski jumping documentary titled “Ready to Fly”. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
On the eve of the International Ski Federation’s Ski Jumping World Cup tour opener, the U.S. Ski Team has named three women to its 2014-15 team. The women’s tour opens this weekend on the Olympic jumps in Lillehammer, Norway.
St. Paul Ski Club's Christian Friberg soared to his first U.S. title while Jessica Jerome own her 11th.
Jessica Jerome, seen here competing at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games, jumped into 15th Saturday at the World Cup premier of the Rasnov ski jumping venue.
Thirty women from 12 countries soared into the history books Tuesday night during an impressive Olympic debut of women’s ski jumping at the RusSki Gorki Jumping Center, a marquee event of the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Lindsey Van and other U.S. women ski jumpers took their first training jumps Saturday in anticipation of the historic debut of women’s Olympic ski jumping Tuesday Feb. 11.
The 2014 U.S. Olympic team in ski jumping, including the first-ever women's team, was nominated today. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Jessica Jerome jumped into the top ten Sunday, taking the best result for the USA in tenth at a snowy FIS World Cup in Zao, Japan, the final Olympic qualifier before the historic debut of women’s ski jumping Feb. 11 in Sochi.
World Champion Lindsey Van (seen here at Olympic trials) soared to fifth place Sunday, mounting a second-round comeback from 14th at the Sapporo World Cup.
Jessica Jerome wrote her name in the history books Sunday becoming the first nominee to the debut women’s ski jumping Olympic Team with her victory at the 2014 Olympic Team Trials for Ski Jumping at Utah Olympic Park.
Top U.S. nordic combined and ski jumping athletes are set to compete for spots on the U.S. Olympic Team this Saturday and Sunday when the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined come to the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
Jessica Jerome jumped into the top ten for the second time in two days, finishing ninth at the Hinterzarten World Cup Sunday.
World Champion Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome jumped into the top ten, finishing ninth and tenth Saturday at the Hinterzarten World Cup.
Jessica Jerome jumped into 19th-place and secured the top spot for the U.S. Ski Team amidst the largest field of women ever at the women’s ski jumping World Cup opener on Saturday.
U.S. Ski Jumping Team athletes Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome led a mixed-gender team to finish 13th in Friday’s mixed team World Cup jumping event.
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Lindsey Van has skied her whole life, but her real influence on women’s ski jumping has been her tireless advocacy. Because of her continued efforts and successful ski jumping, she has not only helped put women’s ski jumping on the map, but has also helped put it into the 2014 Olympics.
In 2013, Van finished 10 World Cup events in the top 10, with results as high as fourth place. This season’s results come on top of 44 podiums in the Continental Cup (eight of those were wins), 15 U.S. Championship titles and the first-ever World Ski Championships gold medal in women’s ski jumping.
She was also featured in the documentary, “Ready to Fly”, from acclaimed producer Bill Kerig, which followed the rise of women’s ski jumping and the hard work it took to push the sport to the Olympic level. More importantly, it highlighted Van’s commitment to women’s sports and equality, and cemented her as a legend in the jumping community.
As if her on-snow accomplishments weren’t enough, Van donated bone marrow to someone suffering from leukemia in San Francisco, something she still considers her greatest accomplishment. But in Van’s mind, nothing would make a closer second than an Olympic gold medal in 2014.
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