SOLDIER HOLLOW, UT (Aug. 1, 2015) - On a hot summer evening on the Olympic trails of Soldier Hollow, Olympian Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) notched a repeat national title at the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships. The jump leader from the Utah Olympic Park HS134-meter large hill earlier in the day, Fletcher held off a hard-charging Adam Loomis (Eau Claire, WI) for gold with Loomis taking silver and Taylor Fletcher (Steamboat Springs, CO) bronze.
PARK CITY, UT (Aug. 1, 2015) - Will Rhoads (Park City, UT; Park City Nordic) and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Educational Foundation) soared to first-time titles during the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park on the HS134-meter Olympic hill. Rhoads, a member of the 2015 World Championship Team, edged Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; Norge Ski Club) who took silver, and last year's titlist Christian Friberg (St. Paul, MN; St. Paul Ski Club) who won bronze. Lussi won over Women's Ski Jumping U.S.A. teammate Tara Geraghty-Moats (W. Fairlee, VT; New York Ski Education Foundation) and Abby Hughes (Park City, UT; Women's Ski Jumping U.S.A.).
PARK CITY, Utah (July 31, 2015) - Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL; Norge Ski Club) put together the two longest rides of the day to take a win Friday in the HS100-meter competition at the 17th annual Springer Tournee at the Utah Olympic Park. Bickner soared 96.5 and 97.0-meters to overtake Canadian Maken Boyd-Clowes 256.0 to 248.5. Canada’s Abigail Strate won the women’s competition over Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY; New York Ski Educational Foundation).
The tournament is a part of the weeklong Springer Tournee, an annual festival of ski jumping at the Olympic Park. The event will culminate Saturday with the U.S. Ski Jumping Championship on the HS134-meter large hill, along with the U.S. Nordic Combined Championships at the park and Soldier Hollow.
KUALA LUMPUR, Malayasia (July 31, 2015) – Following its general session meeting on July 31st in Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has selected Beijing, China as the host city for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. As host of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, the city of Beijing is very supportive of the Olympic culture and movement. In its first-ever Winter Games, Beijing will utilize new and existing venues to showcase Olympic and Paralympic sports to millions of fans in China and across the world.
COLORADO SPRINGS, CO (July 30, 2015) – The United States Olympic Committee (USOC) has recognized U.S. Freeskiing slopestyle coach Skogen Sprang (Park City, UT) as 2014 National Coach of the Year. Sprang was chosen from three national finalists by a panel of coaching and sport education professionals. It is the sixth time a U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) coach has won the award.
In his second season as the U.S. slopestyle skiing head coach, Sprang led U.S. Freeskiing athletes to four Olympic medals at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games, highlighted by a historic sweep of the men’s podium – only the third by a U.S. team in Olympic Winter Games history. Under Sprang’s direction, the men’s team of Joss Christensen (Park City, UT), Gus Kenworthy (Telluride, CO) and Nick Goepper (Lawrenceburg, IN), along with women’s slopestyle skier Devin Logan, combined to earn four of Team USA’s nine medals in the new Olympic events that debuted in Sochi.
PARK CITY, UT (July 30, 2015) – The Olympic venues at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow will play host to the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships and U.S. Nordic Combined Championships this Saturday (August 1). The event will attract the top Olympic ski jumpers and nordic combined athletes in America. Jumping will take place Saturday morning at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City, with the nordic combined roller ski finale Saturday evening at Soldier Hollow in Midway.
The U.S. Championships are a part of the 17th annual Springer Tournee at the Utah Olympic Park, offering a wide range of introductory and competitions for beginning and elite ski jumpers, including a competition Friday on the HS100-meter hill in addition to Saturday’s HS134-meter U.S. Championship.