The International Ski and Snowboard Federation has announced that for the first time in 19 years the Ski Jumping World Cup event will be held on American soil.
No official schedule has been announced, but the event, which takes place February 10-12 in Lake Placid, New York, will feature the world’s top athletes competing in the Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup.
The World Cup was previously hosted by the United States in 2004 in Park City, Utah and most recently in 1990 at Lake Placid. The circuit typically hosts most of its events in Europe, but this unique opportunity could help raise awareness for the sport.in the United States
Decker Dean, a member of the Men’s National Ski Jumping Team, is excited to compete in his home country and share his favorite sport with people across the country.
“It’s going to be huge for our team and for USA Nordic as a whole. I think the most important thing is just the sport of American ski jumping,” said Dean. “It’s a mostly European sport and almost all competitions are in Europe, so I think it’s pretty cool to be at the World Cup in America for the first time in the last 19 years. I’m really looking forward to it. I have and I hope it goes well.”
Lake Placid’s Olympic Jumping Complex underwent a complete renovation in March with brand new all-weather hills now available year-round.
Dean is one of the few athletes to jump the new Lake Placid hills during a week of camp in July.
Dean explained that despite his experience in the hills, he doesn’t see it as a big advantage because ski jumping as a sport is pretty much the same wherever you go.
“The hills are great and no one else has jumped hills other than us, so we definitely have a little edge in the feel of the hills and everything,” Dean said. Parents, friends, and the country that hosts the event will motivate us.”
Dean will have several opportunities to compete at Lake Placid ahead of the World Cup in the USA Nordic National Championship from Friday 30th September to 1st October and the Continental Cup event from 7th to 9th October. .
These events should provide an opportunity for athletes to familiarize themselves with their new facilities and portend the World Cup.
“We’re all excited that it’s happening,” said Dean. , in less than a year we already have the World Cup so it’s pretty crazy.
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