PARK CITY, UT – Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Team members were honored as part of Olympic Day celebrations June 30 with the unveiling of a new exhibit honoring the athletes at the Alf Engen Ski Museum at the Utah Olympic Park.
World Cup team members featured in the exhibit include World Champions Sarah Hendrickson (2013) and Lindsey Van (2009), 10-time national champion Jessica Jerome, and elite jumpers Alissa Johnson and Abby Hughes. The displays feature a collection of photographs, skis, uniforms, medals and trophies of the women, all from Park City, Utah, who have grown their sport athletically and taken it to its upcoming Olympic debut in Sochi next February.
"We are excited to feature Women's Ski Jumping. We have cheered these athletes on their journey to the Olympics since opening in May 2002,” said Connie Nelson, Executive Director, Alf Engen Ski Museum. “We are honored to feature their history through the years and will be excited to see them excel in the Sochi Olympics.”
Utah Olympic Park's Olympic Day was one of more than 700 events taking place nationwide between June 21 and 30. The events, designed to engage youth and promote the ideals of the Olympic movement, featured athlete appearances, family-friendly activities and interactive learning experiences. Around the world, more than 160 countries take part in the annual celebration.
"We hope to inspire all the Utah young girls and boys who will get the same great opportunities in sport that we did growing up here," said Hendrickson.