The Springer Tournee is a summer gathering of elite and development Nordic athletes, coaches and support teams featuring a multi-day schedule of training, educational seminars and competition.
“With more than 140 jumpers registered, it’s a very exciting week at the Utah Olympic Park,” said Robert Lazzaroni, Nordic program manager. “From athletes as young as eight-years-old jumping the K-10 to U.S. Ski Team members jumping the big hill, there is lots of opportunity for education and interaction between the next generation of athletes and the current champions in their final stretch of training before the Winter Olympics in February. Athletes can realize they are part of a very unique tribe of ‘flying people’ and what the sport has to offer for their future.”
The title of U.S. Champion is on the line during the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships and 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 Jessica Jerome (Park City, UT), who placed 3rd in the 2012 World Cup. 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.
“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,” said Anders Johnson, defending large hill champion and 4-time U.S. Champion. “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.”
Jumping Championships are set to start with the trial round at 8:00 A.M. Admission is free and spectators are welcome near the base of the Nordic Jumps. Utah Olympic Park is open daily from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. and offers free parking and museum admission and tickets for summer adventure activities including zip lines, alpine slide, adventure courses and the signature bobsled rides. For more information, visit the park website at UtahOlympicLegacy.com.