PARK CITY, UT - The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships will take place at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) on Sunday, Aug. 4. The event on the HS134 meter large hill, held during the summer for the sixth straight year, will be part of the UOP's annual Springer Tournee.
Jessica Jerome will be looking for her 11th U.S. Championship after winning both the large and normal hill events in Park City a year ago. Additional Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team members participating Sunday will be World Champion Sarah Hendrickson, Lindsey Van, Abby Hughes, Alissa Johnson, Nina Lussi and Emilee Anderson.
"U.S. Championships is always important to us just as any competition is important to us. It's an Olympic year, but that does not make me want to win any more; I always aim to win," Jerome said. "It will be interesting to see what happens this year. I know Lindsey [Van] and Sarah [Hendrickson] are really great fliers, and Alissa [Johnson] and Abby [Hughes] have made some strong improvements this summer, so it will definitely be a fun competition."
The men will be jumping as well, with defending champs Anders Johnson and Peter Frenette, who tied for the title last year, expected to compete.
Jumping Championships are set to start with the trial round at 8 a.m. on Sunday.
The Nordic combined and normal hill ski jumping U.S. Championships will take place at the Flaming Leaves Festival in Lake Placid, NY Oct. 12-13.