US Women’s Jumpers Fighting to Keep Program

Posted By: Steve Bellamy on August 4, 2009 11:43 pm

Lindsey Van and the members of the U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping team and their nonprofit foundation Women’s Ski Jumping USA are hosting a benefit Aug. 19, 2009 at the exclusive Huntsman Mountain Estate in Deer Valley, Utah.  The athletes are trying to raise $150,000 by the fall so the team can continue to train and compete.  They have sued to be in the next Olympics and are on appeal now.

WSJ-USA has hired the women’s ski jumping coach Kjell Magnussen after a historic year for the U.S. team, as women were allowed to compete for the first time in ski jumping in the Nordic Word Championships.  Lindsey Van became the first American to win a gold medal in ski jumping and the first American to medal in the event in more than 80 years. In addition, the women’s team positioned itself as one of the best in the world with four jumpers finishing in the top three during the 2008-2009 season.

The $55 million Huntsman estate has long been a family retreat for the Huntsman family.