Aug 06, 2014
Jessica Jerome demonstrated her world-class talent picking up her 11th national title on Sunday, Aug. 2 with a win in the large hill competition at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Park City, Utah.
Nita Englund and Tara Geraghty-Moats soared to their first national championship spots with a 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The normal hill U.S. Championship will be held in October during the Flaming Leaves tournament in Lake Placid, NY.
“It was nice to see some of the younger girls step up and have good performances. Nationals is always timed right for me as I start to get a good rhythm this time of the summer," Jerome said. "Now it will be interesting to see how I stack up internationally.”
At the 16th annual Springer Tournee held in Park City the same weekend, Gabby Armstrong, of Lake Placid, NY, and a participant in WSJ-USA's new Fly Girls development program, earned an impressive 1st place in the U18 Nordic Combined comp and Logan Sankey, of Steamboat, Colo., also on the Fly Girls team, sailed in for 2nd place in the U18 HS68.
Also during the Springer Tournee, Jerome won the normal hill competition (90 meter) with teammates Sarah Hendrickson in 2nd and Englund in 3rd.
Hendrickson, 2013 World Champion, is still rehabilitating from a knee injury last season and elected not compete in the large hill national championship. Lindsey Van, 2009 World Champion, and Abby Hughes did not compete in the large hill national championship as both are still recovering from knee surgeries.