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Fly Girls PROGRAM Q&A
What is the Fly Girls Program?
The new Fly Girls program is the legacy of the pioneering Women’s Olympic Ski Jumping Team. It is a bridge between our terrific national club level programs and the National Team. Fly Girls is the stepping stone and spring board for young women across the country who want to pursue even further their love of ski jumping.
Ski Jumping has been my life for more than 20 years. It gave me the world — fantastic coaches, participation in three Olympic Games, World Championships, US Championships titles, the American Distance Record, international experiences, and the opportunity to meet the love of my life and the mother to our four sons.
I want everyone who loves this sport to have the same opportunities I was given through hard work and the pursuit of excellence. It is my goal that Fly Girls will be another major step in inspiring and engaging opportunities for youth.
— Alan Alborn, Head Coach & Athletic Program Manager for Women's Ski Jumping USA
How does Fly Girls fit in with the U.S. National Team program?
Fly Girls is designed as a feeder program to recruit, identify, and foster young talent into the pipeline of the overall National Team program.
The top U.S. female jumpers are named each fall to the National Team (called the Women's Ski Jumping Team). National Team selection criteria is primarily performance-based and is designated as follows: A Team (World Cup); B Team (WC); C Team (World Cup); C Team (COC); and Development Team (national and COC).
What is Fly Girls Development Camp?
Each spring, 10-plus rising stars in ski jumping (ages 13-16) will be selected to the Fly Girls program and invited to attend an intensive, five-week summer development camp. Fly Girls aims to foster the athletic progress of the athlete throughout the entire season.
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What are the goals of the Athlete Development Program?
1. Help recruit and retain girls into ski jumping clubs from five key regions across the nation: Eastern (NY, VT, CT, NH, ME); Central (IL, MI, MN, WI); Rocky Mountain (CO); Intermountain (UT); and Alaska.
2. Provide high-level training guides and tools for young athletes and coaches to benefit and enhance the development of female ski jumpers at all levels and in any region across the U.S.
3. Provide an avenue for collaboration and exchange of ideas and curriculum with club coaches to create a cohesive and streamlined national training philosophy.
4. Identify female ski jumpers, ages 13-16, who will take part in the annual month-long Fly Girls Development Camp, hosted at Utah Olympic Park. Top-performing jumpers may be nominated to the Visa Women's Ski Jumping Development Team.
5. Facilitate and encourage young ski jumpers to be well-rounded individuals off the hill by providing nutrition best practices, leadership training, media training, and how to fund-raise their careers and then pay it forward.
5. Provide mentoring program between National Team members and Fly Girls development athletes.
What is the Adopt a Dream Mentor Program?
Young athletes are 50-percent more likely to stay with a sport and one day reach the elite level if they have mentors and heroes in which to emulate. Likewise, elite athletes grow their intensity and performance if they connect with the next generation and share their love of the sport.
Each summer Women's Ski Jumping USA will team up a Fly Girl athlete and a National Team athlete for the entire year. The mentor program will include everything from correspondence and equipment donation to training advice and virtual coaching.
Individuals and business owners are invited to support and help foster the mentor program by participating in "Adopt a Dream" each summer during WSJ-USA's annual gala event. The donation is $2,018 in celebration of the next Olympic Winter Games and comes with special Fly Girls and Team perks.
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How is Fly Girls funded?
Women's Ski Jumping USA is a 501c3 nonprofit and more than 60 percent of the annual budget is provided by individual donation, fundraising, and grant support. WSJ-USA aims to raise $60,000 by 2016 for the Fly Girls Athlete Development Program and Camp. Half of the $2,000 cost to attend the five-week camp will be subsidized by WSJ-USA to help lessen the financial burden on Fly Girls families.
How do I get involved?
We believe it takes a village of motivated and caring people and coaches to create a movement and raise an Olympian. Hundreds helped women's ski jumping get into the Olympic Games and now we're pushing that momentum forward to bring up the next generation of Fly Girls.
If you want to volunteer, have ideas, or know a potential future Fly Girl, let us know. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who created the Fly Girls logo?
The Fly Girls logo was created by renowned designer Lindon Leader of Leader Creative , who also designed the WSJ-USA logo which debuted in 2012. Leader's portfolio includes the famous FedEx and Hawaiian Airlines logos and branding. Leader and his wife, Mary, a WSJ-USA board member, have been instrumental in their support of the National Team and we're honored they are involved with the foundation. Thank you Lindon and Mary!