Women's Nordic Combined added to FIS Continental Cup Schedule

Park City, Utah – US Ski & Snowboard excitedly announced that the inaugural Women’s Nordic Combined National Championships will be contested in Lake Placid, NY alongside their male counterparts on October 7th, 2017.

The announcement comes on the heels of a week of discussions at the USA Nordic spring meetings that included the importance of the addition of Women’s Nordic Combined. The timing coincides with international initiatives in the sport, like the inclusion of Women’s Nordic Combined on the upcoming seasons of the FIS Continental Cup schedule.

The addition of the Women’s event to national and international calendars has definitely been a goal for USA Nordic; “We are committed to keeping up and, to the best of our resources, staying ahead of the world as this event makes its debut at the senior level,” said USA Nordic’s Executive Director Billy Demong.

Demong, known as a pioneer in his own right as America’s first (and to date, only) Olympic Gold Medalist in Nordic Skiing, went on to note that “This is an opportunity that we are fully behind. We know that other nations will begin to turn on their funding and that when this becomes an Olympic event everyone will spend resources we can not match. Right now we have the opportunity and responsibility to take athletes like Tara Geraghty-Moats and Gabby Armstrong and develop them into leaders in the sport. It is our job to continue to innovate and support them so that they can lead Women’s Nordic Combined into the future with our crop of upcoming juniors.”

On the news of the sport becoming an official event at U.S. National Championship’s, athletes were ecstatic. Armstrong noted, “I thought I was excited when women’s Ski Jumping was added to the Olympic program, but the progress women’s Nordic Combined has made over the last few years adds a whole new level of excitement for me. I have been training for Nordic Combined since I was ten years old, but have mostly had to compete in Ski Jumping and Cross Country racing as separate sports. I’m just in awe that the sport has come this far; I look forward to jumping and racing with US girls at Nationals!”

Moats shared her long awaited enthusiasm and desire to help lead saying, “For me, the addition of Women’s Nordic Combined to Nationals is proof that if you do what you love with heart, people will notice, and support it. I have always done Nordic Combined but never been able to compete internationally or nationally. I’m so honored to have the USA Nordic community’s support. It will be a dream come true to help develop Women’s Nordic Combined and compete in it.”

 

USA Nordic Looking for Story Project Submissions

WE NEED YOU (YES, YOU!) TO SEND IN A SKI JUMPING or NORDIC COMBINED STORY!

Story Project will again run for the month of December 2017 but we're looking to get the stories in well before then.  EVERYONE who has ever jumped has a story - we want YOURS!  NOW!  (please!)

Please take a moment and share your tale!

WHO SHOULD SUBMIT

Anyone who has ever jumped or parented a jumper or even wanted to jump who has a story to share.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY

Very simple - keep your story to 3 paragraphs and include a photograph and send it to - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

WHEN TO SUBMIT

The sooner the better!

Thank you!

Jeff Hastings

Curator- 2017 Story Project 

Need some inspiration?  See previous stories at http://usanordicstoryproject.blogspot.com/

Minneapolis Minnesota Classic Winter Tournament Cancelled

FROM CHRIS BROZ:

 

Season shutdown?!?! Unfortunately, it looks as if we'll need to shut down the ski jumps for the season. We tried whipping the hills into shape and we got close - but no cigar! Not enough snow made in advance to keep things skiing safely. So this likely draws a close to our 2016/2017 season... stay tuned as all 3 of our starter jumps will be operational around June with synthetic surface for summer ski jumping!

Six central skiers named to Worlds Teams

The Loomis brothers, Nita England, Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder & Casey Larson were all named to the USA Nordic World teams.  For more information, check out the article here.


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