- Ski Jumping
U.S. women's ski jumpers talk significance of sport's Olympic debut in Sochi
After a long and tireless journey, the International Olympic Committee has added women’s ski jumping to the Olympic program, allowing the women to join their male counterparts, who have been jumping since the first Olympic Winter Games in 1924. The event will be making its debut at the Sochi Games this February. NBCOlympics.com talked to Americans Sarah Henrdrickson, Jessica Jerome and Lindsey Van about the significance of women's ski jumping getting into the Olympics.
How does it feel that women’s ski jumping is now added to the Olympic program?
Sarah Hendrickson: I mean it’s a huge step, I have to thank the older girls for fighting to get us to this point. For them it’s going to be a little bit more of an emotional thing. I don’t think I will realize how big of deal it will be to be part of the first Olympic team for ski jumping. I think its an opportunity I won’t appreciate until years down the road but it is a huge honor. There so many people that have put so much hard work into getting this to be an Olympic event.
How far has women’s ski jumping come in the last few years?
Lindsey Van: It's crazy to look back and see the development of the sport in the last two years its way more professional. We have a World Cup circuit and a World Championship. It’s really moving forward, it’s cool to see it happen, it’s unbelievable at times.
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Have you had time to reflect on women’s ski jumping becoming an Olympic sport?
Jessica Jerome: Yes and no -- it's nothing that’s really hit me. But there been times when I am proud of my fellow girl ski jumpers, not just me or my team, the girls who retired and the girls who are still current. It makes me happy that we did this together that it has come so far then it has 10 years ago. As far as completion venues, level of competition, the distances people are going; everything has gotten way more competitive and it has progressed tremendously. It makes me really happy to look at that, it hasn't been one moment, its been little constant reminders that make me reflect back.
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If you make the Olympic team what will it be like sitting on top of that hill in Sochi and you are about to take your first Olympic jump?
Lindsey Van: I hope at that point, I able to enjoy it and not be so nervous about it. I want to appreciate the process of getting there. I think no matter how I get there I am going to be excited for the sport. It’s fun to be part of it. Hopefully I can take it all in.
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