Van is considered a pioneer of women’s ski jumping. Van has been fighting tirelessly to get women's ski jumping as an Olympic event. On April 6, 2011, the International Olympic Committee voted that women’s ski jumping would be added to the Sochi Games. Van won the inaugural World Championship in 2009. She finished eighth overall in the 2013 World Cup standings. Women’s ski jumping is one of the 12 new events debuting at the Sochi Games.
2013: World Cup Standings - 8th
2009: World Championship - Gold
Things to know:
1. Started skiing at seven years old
2. Has a twin brother
3. Has donated her bone marrow twice.