Jessica Jerome followed up on her Olympic Trials win soaring to a top 10 finish in Sapporo. (Getty Images-Atsushi Tomura)
SAPPORO, Japan (Jan. 11) - Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) followed up on her Olympic Trials win from two weeks ago to finish tenth Saturday in the first of four FIS World Cups in Japan. Jerome rode jumps of 90.0 and 87.5 meters in Sapporo while Japan's Sara Takanashi picked up the win. The women jump again Sunday in Sapporo, site of the 1972 Olympic Winter Games.
Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) led the USA finishing tenth in a FIS Ski Jumping World Cup in Sapporo with jumps of 90.0 and 87.5 meters.
Japan's Sara Takanashi took the win.
Alissa Johnson (Park City, UT) had her best performance of the season finishing 14th.
The women jump again Sunday in Sapporo before heading to Zao, four hours north of Tokyo, for the final two World Cups in the Olympic selection period.
The Olympic team nominations will be announced Jan. 22. Jerome has already earned a nomination with her Olympic Trials win.
QUOTES Jessica Jerome Today was all over the place in terms of conditions, which is pretty typical of Japan. I was able to have much better jumps than training and qualification, and was one of the girls with more stable wind. I am satisfied with today and hope to build on it for tomorrow.
Alissa Johnson Today was more like my normal jumping in Park City. I was really happy and confident about it and I needed this boost. The conditions were a little all over the place today so I was happy to have solid jumps.
Erik Renmaelmo, Women's Ski Jumping USA Coach Difficult conditions today, but we’re happy with two of our jumpers in the top 14. The comp had difficult wind in the first round and in the second there was a lot of snow.