Lindsey Van is one of the major catalysts behind the rise of women’s ski jumping, not only dominating podiums, but advocating for the sport and even starring in a ski jumping documentary titled “Ready to Fly”. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
Jessica Jerome jumped into 19th-place and secured the top spot for the U.S. Ski Team amidst the largest field of women ever at the women’s ski jumping World Cup opener on Saturday.
U.S. Ski Jumping Team athletes Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome led a mixed-gender team to finish 13th in Friday’s mixed team World Cup jumping event.
The Utah Olympic Park ski jumps led the world opening Tuesday, Nov. 12.
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Every Olympic year, the U.S. Olympic Committee holds Media Summit, an event where media from around the world can hear from all of the top American athletes in one place. (Photo: Sarah Brunson/USSA)
The top women's ski jumpers from America were honored with the unveiling of an exhibit at the Alf Engen Ski Museum at the Utah Olympic Park.
Sarah Hendrickson jumped to win her third World Cup of the season Friday in Trondheim, Norway.
Sarah Hendrickson combined two string jumps to take a narrow win over Japan's Sara Takanashi to take gold in ski jumping at the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme
Sarah Hendrickson finished third in Ljubno the final event before next week's World Championships.
Sarah Hendrickson was second to lead five U.S. women into the top 13 in Slovenia.
Sarah Hendrickson, Jessica Jerome and Lindsey Van were top eight in two events Sunday in Japan.
Sarah Hendrickson capped a strong weekend finishing second in Hinterzarten.
Sarah Hendrickson picked up her second win of the season in a FIS World Cup Ski Jumping event in Hinterzarten, Germany.
Sarah Hendrickson jumped to fifth behind Norway's Anette Sagen who won her first individual World Cup.
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Lindsey Van has skied her whole life, but her real influence on women’s ski jumping has been her tireless advocacy. Because of her continued efforts and successful ski jumping, she has not only helped put women’s ski jumping on the map, but has also helped put it into the 2014 Olympics.
In 2013, Van finished 10 World Cup events in the top 10, with results as high as fourth place. This season’s results come on top of 44 podiums in the Continental Cup (eight of those were wins), 15 U.S. Championship titles and the first-ever World Ski Championships gold medal in women’s ski jumping.
She was also featured in the documentary, “Ready to Fly”, from acclaimed producer Bill Kerig, which followed the rise of women’s ski jumping and the hard work it took to push the sport to the Olympic level. More importantly, it highlighted Van’s commitment to women’s sports and equality, and cemented her as a legend in the jumping community.
As if her on-snow accomplishments weren’t enough, Van donated bone marrow to someone suffering from leukemia in San Francisco, something she still considers her greatest accomplishment. But in Van’s mind, nothing would make a closer second than an Olympic gold medal in 2014.
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