Lindsey Van proudly waves the American flag after winning the debut FIS World Championship in 2009. (Getty Images/Bongarts)
PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 31) – Six ski jumpers have been named by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 20-March 3 in Val di Fiemme, Italy. The veteran team is led by defending World Cup titleholder Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT) and 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van (Park City, UT). Joining them on the men’s side will be Olympians Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) and Anders Johnson (Park City, UT). New on the schedule for World Championships this year is a mixed gender team event.
The U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association named six ski jumping athletes to compete in the FIS Nordic Ski World Championships Feb. 20-March 3 in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Defending FIS World Cup champion Sarah Hendrickson and 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van (both Park City, UT) lead the team.
Hendrickson has two World Cup wins this season including a victory in December on the Olympic jumps in Sochi. Women’s ski jumping will make its Olympic debut in 2014.
Frenette has a pair of top 30 finishes in World Cups this season.
The women have two weekends of World Cups in Japan before a final event in Slovenia leading into World Championships. The men are ski flying in Harrachov, Czech Republic, this weekend before a string of three World Cups in Germany leading into Worlds.
2013 U.S. World Championship Ski Jumping Team (Name, hometown, birthdate, USSA club, past World Champs)
Men Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY, 2/24/92, New York Ski Educational Foundation (2011) Anders Johnson, Park City, UT, 4/23/89, UOP Sports Club (2009)
Women Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT, 8/1/94, Women’s Ski Jumping USA (2009, 2011) Abby Hughes, Park City, UT, 6/21/89, Women’s Ski Jumping USA (2011) Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT, 2/8/87, Women’s Ski Jumping USA (2009, 2011) Lindsey Van, Park City, UT, 11/27/84, Women’s Ski Jumping USA (2009, 2011)
SCHEDULE FIS Nordic Ski World Championships
Val di Fiemme, Italy Feb. 20 – Opening Ceremony Feb. 22 – Women’s HS106 meter Jump Feb. 23 – Men’s HS106 meter Jump Feb. 24 – Mixed Team HS106 meter Jump Feb. 28 – Men’s HS134 meter Jump Mar. 2 – Men’s HS134 Team Jump
QUOTES Clint Jones, Men’s Ski Jumping Coach We are really optimistic about improved performances at the World Championships in Italy. It's a jumping complex we know well and both Peter and Anders have demonstrated continued progress at virtually every World Cup this season. Things are coming together. We are excited about the possibilities there and will be giving it everything we have.
Paolo Bernardi, Women’s Ski Jumping Coach (native of Val di Fiemme) The entire community is involved in this event and the atmosphere is going to be amazing and exciting with all the villages dressed up in their best colors.
The jumping hill of Predazzo is one of a kind, really difficult compared to the modern jump because of a flatter in-run, but the profile is more like a larger hill. It's important on Predazzo hill to have good power and good flight. You need both to jump long and win. We trained there enough and the U.S. women have a good knowledge about the hill. I think we have everything we need to do well on my hometown hill.