Utah Olympic Park opens ski jumps early
With good early-season snowmaking temperatures, the Utah Olympic Park again became one of the first ski jumps in the world to open for on-snow training last week. The early opening gave the U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team an edge in jump preparation before it headed over to the opening International Ski Federation World Cups in Finland.
"The Utah Olympic Park has done a fantastic job of putting the hill together and being one of the first jumps open on snow," said U.S. Nordic Combined Ski Team Head Coach Dave Jarret. "We have had great training going into the season both on and off snow."
Every November, crews at the Utah Olympic Park work feverishly to get the hills transformed from summer plastic to winter snow. Traditionally, the Utah Olympic Park is the first to open worldwide, along with jumps in Rovaniemi, Finland.
"The early snow at the Utah Olympic Park was extremely helpful for us," said Bryan Fletcher. "Even having two to three sessions on snow before heading to Ruka is very helpful. It gives us an opportunity to test new equipment and really try to optimize our performance as much as possible before jumping on the very large and windy hill in Finland. We owe a huge ‘thank you’ to the Utah Olympic for doing a great job snowmaking and getting the hill ready."
"The crew at the Utah Olympic Park did a fantastic job getting the hill ready for some jumping this whole week," said Taylor Fletcher. "Changing from summer to winter does have a different feeling so getting as many jumps as possible will help you get settled and allow you to start to work hard on making sure you have your best jumps for the upcoming season."
The traditional World Cup opener is set for Nov. 28-29 in Ruka, Finland. The tour will then head to the Olympic venues in Lillehammer the following weekend. For the first time ever, fans will be able to watch nearly the entire FIS Nordic Combined World Cup tour with live streaming on NBC Sports Live Extra, available on the web or through NBC’s Live Extra mobile app.
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