Jessica Jerome soars to a U.S. Championship title at the 2013 event in Park City, UT. (Sarah Brunson/U.S. Ski Team)
PARK CITY, UT (July 24) – The title of U.S. Champion is on the line in the upcoming U.S. Ski Jumping Championships at the Utah Olympic Park (UOP) in Park City Sunday, Aug. 4. The event on the HS134 meter large hill, taking place in the summer for the sixth straight year, will be part of the Utah Olympic Park’s annual Springer Tournee. Among the favorites will be World Champion Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, UT), who sat out last year’s event while recovering from knee surgery, and large hill women’s titlist from 2012 Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT). Defending champs Anders Johnson (Park City, UT) and Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY), who tied for the title last year, are expected to compete for the men. Jumping Championships are set to start with the trial round at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 4, at the UOP.
2013 U.S. Large Hill Ski Jumping Championships will take place during the summer for the sixth straight year on Aug. 4 at the 2002 Olympic venue in Park City, UT on the HS134 meter hill.
Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT) will be looking for her 11th U.S. Championship after winning on both the large and normal hills in Park City a year ago.
Peter Frenette (Saranac Lake, NY) and hometown jumper Anders Johnson (Park City, UT) will be battling for the top spot among the men. Last year, the two tied on the large hill.
World Champion Sarah Hendrickson is expected to compete after sitting out of the competition last year after recovering from knee surgery.
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.
Defending Champions Men’s Large Hill Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY (4 titles), and Anders Johnson, Park City, UT (4 titles) Women’s Large Hill Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (10 titles) Men’s Normal Hill Anders Johnson, Park City, UT (4 titles) Women’s Normal Hill Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (10 titles)
QUOTES Anders Johnson, Park City, UT (defending large hill champ, 4-time U.S. Champion) I love being able to compete on my home hills and it's a great time of year where we have almost every ski jumper in North America in Park City competing on all hill sizes at all ages. It's also a great chance for us to see where our competitive level is before we head over to Europe for the Grand Prix circuit that begins in just a few weeks.
Jessica Jerome, Park City, UT (defending large and normal hill champ, 10-time U.S Champion) U.S. Championships is always important to us just as any competition is important to us. Just because it's an Olympic year does not make me want to win any more; I always aim to win. 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.
Schedule Sunday, August 4th 8:00 a.m. U.S. Ski Jumping Championships (men and women HS 134-large hill)