Emilee Anderson of the Flying Eagles Ski Club in Eau Claire, WI makes history soaring in the first women's ski jumping event at the Youth Olympic Games at Innsbruck. (Getty Images-Shaun Botterill)
INNSBRUCK, Austria (Jan. 14) - Teen Emilee Anderson (Eau Claire, WI), 16, of the Flying Eagles Ski Club in Eau Claire led the USA in the opening event of the Youth Olympic Games finishing ninth in women's ski jumping. Park City Nordic's Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) was 19th in the men's competition as the first Winter Youth Games got underway in the Olympic city of Innsbruck. The women's event was an historic first at the Olympic level and will also make its Games debut at Sochi in 2014.
Ski jumping was among the first events to open the Youth Olympic Games.
The women's event marked an Olympic first. Women's ski jumping had been on the program for the Youth Olympic Games but was added last spring by the IOC to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
Both Will Rhoads and Emilee Anderson won their qualifying events last October in Lake Placid.
QUOTES Emilee Anderson I had so much fun to jumping with all the girls. I've never competed with that many jumpers. It was a tough competition, but lots of fun.
So many people showed up in the crowd to watch, which was great. I was more excited than nervous today.
I wasn't sure what happened with my first jump, but I knew I needed to do better in second jump, so I tried to stay really focused and just not think about anything but jumping.
My future goals are to try to keep improving on my jumping and make all the small little fixes that I need to here and there.
Greg Poirier, U.S. Ski Team Coach Overall Emilee did a wonderful job. Deep down she may have had a few butterflies. Her first jump was not to her potential, but it was really exciting to see her come back and jump 6th best in that round.
The entire competition went off without a hitch and the atmosphere was nice and the crowd was very enthusiastic.