Nita Englund Secures Podium Finish at FIS Cup

FRENSTAT, Czech Republic – American Nita Englund, 22, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado secured a third-place finish at the FIS Cup Ladies Normal Hill Individual Competition in Frenstat, Czech. VISA  Women’s Ski Jumping Teammate Nina Lussi, 20, of Lake Placid, New York also had a strong showing, placing 5th in a field of 23 athletes from five countries. Englund soared 91.0 and 88.5 meters to earn 200.5 points and her podium finish. Lussi was close behind, jumping 90.5 and 85.5 meters in her two Saturday jumps and earning 187.5 points.

Both Englund and Lussi also had excellent performances on Friday, placing 4th and 5th respectively out of a field of 22 women ski jumpers. Englund jumped 87.0 and 91.5 meters in her two first-round jumps to earn 194 points. Lussi jumped 90 and 90.5 meters in her first round jumps to earn 191.4 points.

Commenting on her podium finish, Englund said, " I am very happy with this weekend. The hill was challenging in a good way and was a great start to our training camp. The FIS Cup helped me build my confidence and prepare me for more challenging competitions. Nina is one of the best teammates to have, because she is motivational and positive. Vasja is a great fit as the new US travel coach, due to his unique insights on the ski jump. I am excited to be coached by him the rest of this summer and upcoming winter."   

“Although I really enjoyed the experience here in Frenstat, I was not 100% satisfied with my jumping,” Lussi said. “However, it was great spending time with our male American counterparts. Having our competitions together definitely added to the overall morale. I am very excited about our new coach and the connection to Slovenia―I know this will beneficial for future success. Even on this trip we had ski service assistance and help from the Slovenian men's coach in tailoring our suits. I look forward to working hard alongside Nita and Vasja. This is just the start of many great things to come. We make an excellent team!”

The VISA Women’s Ski Jumping Team will compete next at the Continental Cup in Trondheim, Norway at the end of September.

Friday, August 29, 2014 Normal Hill Individual 5th FIS Cup Ladies Competition

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Satuday, August 30, 2014 Normal Hill Individual 5th FIS Cup Ladies Competition
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Women’s Ski Jumping USA is the primary support organization for the U.S. women's ski jumping program and for the U.S. national team, officially called the Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team. The organization administers and finances the team's coaching, travel, training, equipment, and the Fly Girls junior development program. The mission of Women’s Ski Jumping USA is to support and run a successful and sustainable team and to grow participation in the U.S. women's ski jumping program through the facilitation of national development efforts to produce the best women ski jumpers in the world. In addition, WSJ-USA aspires to remain an influential voice in advocating for gender equality in sport.

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Vasja Bajc Joins Coaching Staff of Women’s Ski Jumping USA

Park City, Utah -- Women’s Ski Jumping USA is delighted to welcome Vasja Bajc as the new travel coach. A native Slovenian and former ski jumper on the Yugoslavian national team, Mr. Bajc has coached ski jumping teams throughout Europe and Asia for more than 25 years. From 1989 to 1993, Mr. Bajc coached the Spanish ski federation team to top three Continental Cup finishes. From 1994 to 2002, he trained the SAJ Japan Ski Federation team through three Olympic Games, securing 27 World Cup and Olympic medals. Under his leadership as head coach of the Swedish and Czech ski jumping teams, athletes earned top results and medal finishes at the World Cup, Continental Cup, and World Ski Jumping Competitions. Most recently, Mr. Bajc developed ski jumping as a sport in Turkey, recruiting and building a team of six 16 to 18-year-old jumpers and coaching them to top 40 finishes at the Continental Cup.

 Commenting on his new appointment, Bacj said, “These women have great potential to continue achieving the level of success they have demonstrated in previous years. I hope that my rich history as a coach, and my knowledge and experience from the World Cup, World Ski Championships, and the Olympics, will contribute another stone to this mosaic of success. Working with women will be a new challenge for me and it is an honor to be working with the VISA Women’s Ski Jumping Team. The sky is waiting for the American birds!”

 Women’s Ski Jumping USA head coach Alan Alborn said, “I am very honored and pleased to welcome Vasja Bajc to the team! By combining forces, we will strengthen our team to compete at the highest level both nationally and internationally. The VISA Women's Ski Jumping Team has been through some terrific challenges and fantastic accomplishments over the past four years. However, looking to the future―with Sarah Hendrickson defending her World Champion title at the 2015 World Ski Championships in Falun, Sweden this winter through to the 2018 Olympics in Korea―I have some clear goals in mind. With just four years to prepare for Korea, Vasja’s experience coaching champion ski jumpers to success at the Winter Games, World Cup, and World Championship will be indispensable. Keep your eyes on this team!” Sarah Hendrickson echoed this sentiment, saying, “I am really excited for Vasja to join our team. Although we have had a difficult year, his motivation and enthusiasm provided just what we needed after Sochi. I look forward to working with Vasja many years to come!’

In addition, Women’s Ski Jumping USA aspires to leverage Mr. Bajc’s experience in developing young athletes and in organizing national ski jumping camps. This experience will be beneficial to both the national women’s team, as well as participants of our nascent Fly Girls program.

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Women’s Ski Jumping USA is the primary support organization for the U.S. women's ski jumping program and for the U.S. national team, officially called the Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team. The organization administers and finances the team's coaching, travel, training, equipment, and the Fly Girls junior development program. The mission of Women’s Ski Jumping USA is to support and run a successful and sustainable team and to grow participation in the U.S. women's ski jumping program through the facilitation of national development efforts to produce the best women ski jumpers in the world. In addition, WSJ-USA aspires to remain an influential voice in advocating for gender equality in sport.

Women’s Ski Jumping USA welcomes Gary Crawford to the new position of Director of Sport Development

PARK CITY, Utah  — Along with USA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined, Women's Ski Jumping USA is pleased to welcome long-time coach and ski sport builder Gary Crawford to the new position of Director of Sport Development. Crawford will focus his energy on the development of the next generation of US athletes in ski jumping and nordic combined.

Crawford was selected from among a prestigious group of applicants due to his extensive experience in motivating young athletes in the sports of ski jumping and nordic combined, and in building community engagement around these sports. Crawford, a two-time Olympian (1980, 1988, Nordic Combined) with more than 50 years of winter sports experience, will be responsible for recruiting and retaining athletes, as well as supporting ski jumping and nordic combined clubs across the nation. Key goals include growing and strengthening these sports, increasing visibility of the sports, and ensuring athletes develop both athletic and life skills through participation and training.

Crawford assumed his position in late July. The program is a joint funding project of the USA Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined and Women's Ski Jumping-USA.

Jerome wins 11th national title in Park City

Jerome wins 11th national title in Park City

PARK CITY, Utah  — Jessica Jerome demonstrated her world-class talent picking up her 11th national title on Sunday, Aug. 2 with a win in the large hill competition at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Park City, Utah.

Nita Englund and Tara Geraghty-Moats soared to their first national championship spots with a 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The normal hill U.S. Championship will be held in October during the Flaming Leaves tournament in Lake Placid, NY.

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Brooke named as new executive director

PARK CITY, Utah — Women’s Ski Jumping USA is excited to announce Melissa Brooke as the foundation’s new Executive Director. Brooke, of Park City, Utah, will support the top-ranked Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team and the new Fly Girls Athlete Development Program as the foundation continues to grow and flourish thanks to the success and debut of women’s ski jumping in the Olympic Winter Games.

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National programs seek Director of Sport Development

PARK CITY, Utah - USA Ski Jumping, Women's Ski Jumping USA, Nordic Combined and the US Ski and Snowboard Association are combining forces to hire a Director of Sport Development who will lead recruitment and education across all levels of sport involvement.

The Director of Sport Development will work closely with current staff, ski jumping and Nordic combined clubs, and athletes and coaches across the United States to share best practices and expand opportunities for kids. 

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Fly Girls: New athlete development program launches

Fly Girls: New athlete development program launches

PARK CITY, Utah — Women’s Ski Jumping USA has announced an innovative athlete development initiative and program to recruit and retain young female jumpers nationwide into the sport.
 
Fly Girls — as it’s named — is a junior team program that feeds athletes into a sustainable pipeline from which the highest-caliber ski jumpers will one day be selected to join the National and Olympic teams. Fly Girls launched today on wsjusa.com and the program kicks-off this summer with a five-week intensive training camp for rising stars in ski jumping ages 12-16.

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Hendrickson wins Utah professional athlete of the year award

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Sarah Hendrickson, of Park City, has won the Utah “Pro/Olympian Female Athlete of the Year” award. The announcement came as part of the Third Annual Governor's State of Sport Awards event held Tuesday, April 22 at EnergySolutions Arena. Utah Gov. Gary R. Herbert provided remarks and presented awards along with golf legend, designer and philanthropist, Jack Nicklaus.

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Park City Olympic and Paralympic Homecoming Parade April 5

Park City Olympic and Paralympic Homecoming Parade April 5

To honor the Olympians and Paralympians that live, train and coach in Park City, a Homecoming Parade and Celebration will be held on Park City’s historic Main Street, Saturday, April 5, from 1-5 pm.

Come and see Women's Ski Jumping USA Olympians Sarah Hendrickson, Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome. Over 20 Olympians and medalists are expected to participate.

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