The top ski jumping circuit returns to the United States for the first time in nearly two decades.
The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup will take place in February in Lake Placid, New York.
The last Ski Jumping World Cup in the United States was held in 2004 in Park City, Utah. The circuit has not been in North America since 2009 in Vancouver.
“This is a game-changer for our organization,” said USA Nordic’s CEO. Adam Marshal “The opportunity to bring the best ski jumpers in the world to Lake Placid will give our sport a platform for growth that we haven’t had in nearly 20 years.”
Organizers were looking for a venue to host the World Cup after planning to hold the event in Iron Mountain, Michigan, an option that became unfeasible last month.
Lake Placid, which hosted the 1980 and 1932 Winter Olympics, has become an attractive alternative because the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority recently invested millions to return its jump complex to world class skiing.
“The return of the World Cup to American soil is very important for the development of the sport of ski jumping in this country and in the world,” said the American men’s and women’s Nordic ski jumping coach. Anders Johnson said.
One American, Anders Haugenwon an Olympic medal in ski jumping and that was at the first Winter Olympics in 1924. Haugen left the Games without equipment, but 50 years later was awarded bronze after a scoring error caused been confirmed.
In an effort to improve the United States’ chances of competing with the best ski jumpers in the world, USA Nordic Sport began a partnership last month with the Norwegian governing body for the sport. The US and Norwegian national ski jumping teams will share coaches, training facilities, sport science and sponsorship efforts under a four-year agreement.
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