The United States won its only Olympic gold medal in ski jumping at the first Winter Olympics in 1924.
Ski jumping governing bodies in the United States and Norway have forged an unprecedented partnership.
USA Nordic Sport and Norges Hopplandslaget announced on Wednesday that their national ski jumping teams will share coaches, training facilities, sport science and efforts to attract sponsors under a four-year agreement. .
The combined team will be led by Norway’s Clas Brede Bråthen.
Norway is a traditional powerhouse in the sport, leading the world with 12 Olympic gold medals and 36 medals overall. At the Beijing Games in February, Norwegian Marius Lindvik won Olympic gold in ski jumping on the large hill.
“Our goal is to consolidate Norway’s position as the most important ski jumping nation in the world,” said Bråthen, the leader of the Norwegian national ski jumping team. “Combining the resources of the United States and Norway will help us fulfill our intense desire to be a leader pushing the sport of ski jumping to the highest possible level in the world.”
The United States won its only Olympic gold medal in ski jumping at the first Winter Olympics in 1924. American Anders Haugen left the games without equipment, but 50 years later received the bronze after a scoring error was confirmed.
“Our shared goal is to make our sport more relevant and exciting for young women and men around the world,” said Tom Bickner, who chairs the board of directors for Salt Lake City-based USA Nordic Sport.
The International Ski Federation said the partnership will also help other ski jumping teams around the world.
“FIS applauds the unprecedented agreement between Norway and the United States to collaborate in achieving sporting greatness,” said Sandro Pertile, director of ski jumping racing for the governing body.
Italy will host the 2026 Olympics, where venues will be widely scattered across the northern part of the country, including Trentino for ski jumping.