A strong group of veteran women jumpers, including World Champions Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van (pictured), highlight the U.S. Ski Jumping Team named during the 100 Days Out to Sochi celebration. (Getty Images/Harry How)
PARK CITY, UT (Oct. 29) – A strong group of veteran women jumpers highlight the U.S. Ski Jumping Team named during the 100 Days Out to Sochi celebration. World Champions Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van (both Park City, UT) are joined by Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) on the team that opens World Cup competition Dec. 6-8 on the Olympic jump in Lillehammer. The three are among a host of top women’s ski jumpers from America vying for up to four spots on the debut Olympic Team that will compete in Sochi this February.
World Champions Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van (both Park City, UT) headline the women’s U.S. Ski Jumping Team – both also members of the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team, part of Women’s Ski Jumping USA.
They are joined by veteran Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT).
The team recently took part in the U.S. Championships in Lake Placid, NY, where Van won the normal hill national title, before heading to Europe for a final pre-season training camp in Slovenia.
U.S. women ski jumpers have been at the forefront of their sport since its rapid growth internationally in the past decade. Van won the first World Championship in 2009. Hendrickson won nine events to take the inaugural World Cup title in 2012, then followed up with the World Championship this past February.
Hendrickson continues to make strong recovery from a knee injury suffered in August but will not be back for the start of the World Cup season.
Women kickoff their World Cup season Dec. 6-8 on the Olympic jump in Lillehammer, Norway.
The final Olympic teams will be named in late January based both on World Cup results plus top jumper at the U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping Trials Dec. 29 at the Utah Olympic Park in Park City.
2014 U.S. SKI JUMPING TEAM Name, Hometown, Club (Skis, Boots, Bindings) Date of Birth
Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT, Women's Ski Jumping USA/Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team (Fischer, Jalas, Win-Air/Slatnar) 2/8/87 Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT Women’s Ski Jumping USA/Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team (Fleuge, Rass) 8/1/94 Lindsey Van, Park City, UT, Women's Ski Jumping USA/Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team (Fluege, Rass, Win-Air) 11/27/84
Coaching Staff Alan Alborn Paolo Bernardi
QUOTES Lindsey Van, World Champion As a team and as individual athletes we're all looking forward to this World Cup season. While it does carry a little more weight with it being our first Olympic season, we'll continue to train hard, prepare, and have fun just like we do every year.
Alan Alborn, Coach, Women’s Ski Jumping U.S.A. The 2014 season has been in the sights of the women’s ski jumping team since the inclusion into the Olympic program, now set for February 11, 2014. The goal of the team is not just to participate in the inaugural event but to bring home a medal for our country, sport and all the supporters that have encouraged the athletes.
The performance of the team the last two season has been astonishing, including the first World Cup season win from Sarah Hendrickson as well as taking back-to-back FIS Nations Cup titles, capped off by Sarah winning the 3rd ever Women’s World Championship event in Predazzo, Italy. That said, the team is ready and our sights are locked on medals in addition to paving the way for the future generations in the sport.