Nordic athletes celebrate in Steamboat
Local Park City Nordic Ski Club (PCNSC), Women’s Ski Jumping (WSJ) and U.S. Ski Team athletes were jumpin’ and jammin’ as they competed in the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s (SSWSC) Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Competition and Community Party at Howelsen Hill over the Fourth of July weekend in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. Sixty of the nation’s best Nordic combined and ski jumping athletes soared off of the plastic HS75- and HS45-meter jumps.
Most consider ski jumping to be a winter sport, but these athletes have a rigorous training schedule all year round. They jump through the spring and summer months, landing on watered down turf. They continue to travel and compete all year long all across the country.
Macey Olden, PCNSC, and Owen Wither, SSWSC, won the HS45 U12 competitions. Tess Arnone, SSWSC, and Stephane Tremblay, ASJNC, won the HS45 U14 event. Hana Schrock, SSWSC, and Tremblay took first in the HS75 U16 jump. Anna Hoffman, Fly Girls, and Dean Decker, SSWSC, won the HS75 U18 contest. Logan Sankey, WSJ, and Nathaniel Mah, of Canada, won the HS75 senior class event.
Alan Alborn, a former Olympian who currently holds the North American distance jump record of 221.5 meters and Park City local Sarah Hendrickson, an American Olympic ski jumper, coach the Fly Girls.
Park City athletes included: Macey Olden, Emily Campbell, Mia Vinding, Sophia Nester, Samantha Macuga, Kailey Bickner, Zach Selzman, Wes Campbell, Ben Loomis, Stephen Schumann, Bryan Fletcher, Taylor Fletcher, Tucker Hoefler and Jared Shumate.
Women’s Ski Jumping USA launched Fly Girls in the spring of 2014, an innovative athlete development program and branding initiative. It’s designed to recruit and retain young female ski jumpers into a sustainable pipeline from which the highest-caliber athletes will one day be selected to join the National and Olympic teams. All of the women on this team placed in the top rankings for U16, U18 and senior women’s classes over the weekend at the Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Competition.
Park City will be hosting the annual North American Jindro Mayer Springer Tournee and U.S. Large Hill Ski Jumping & Nordic Combined Championships in July at the Utah Olympic Park. Athletes from across the nation will gather together to compete on the large hills, and in running and roller skiing events. For more information visit UtahOlympicLegacy.org.
The Women’s Ski Jumping USA Fly Girls are hosting a fundraiser on July 28 at the Julie Nester Gallery to help raise funds to support the athletes on their development journey to the national team as well as the Olympics. For more information on attending or supporting the fundraiser, please contact Amy Macuga at 435-962-0916. For all the photos from Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club’s Jumpin’ and Jammin’ Competition and Community Party visit pointproductions.net.
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It’s going to be at least another month before Summit County’s high school athletes have any chance of getting onto the field again.