Opening Weekend for Ski Jumping Team |

Opening Weekend for Ski Jumping Team

USSA News Bureau,

LILLEHAMMER, Norway — On Thursday, the U.S. Ski Team has named three women to its 2014-15 team. The women’s World Cup tour opens this weekend on the Olympic jumps in Lillehammer, Norway.

The three named include World Champions Sarah Hendrickson and Lindsey Van, along with Jessica Jerome (all from Park City). Hendrickson and Van will be among five U.S. jumpers in Lillehammer.

"As the inaugural Olympic event is behind us, we are embarking upon a new chapter for the team," U.S. coach Alan Alborn said. "As this year marks another World Championship season, we are ready for, and looking forward to, the event in February. With the addition of travel coach Vasja Bajc and physical therapist Neza Mravije, we expect strong results from the 2014-15 team."

Hendrickson, the 2013 World Champion, has spent the summer continuing her rehab from a knee injury. But, she said, she’s ready to get back to jumping at a high level.

"I have worked really hard this summer after Sochi to get where I am today," she said. "I have spent many hours in the gym and finally feel strong and healthy. I am both physically and mentally ready to compete again and my motivation is very high. It’s been a hard 18 months but I’m finally ready."

During the season the athletes will be vying for spots on the World Championship Team that will compete in Falun, Sweden, in February. The four-athlete World Championship Team will be selected primarily from World Cup results.