Author of Story: Elizabeth Karam
PARK CITY, UTAH – Ski jumping is coming back to the collegiate circuit after a 31 year absence, and for the first time with women. The U.S. Ski Team’s partner, Westminster College in Salt Lake City, will host the U.S. Collegiate Ski Association (USCSA) Ski Jumping Championships Saturday at the Utah Olympic Park.
Westminster College, a member of the USCSA – the alternative collegiate circuit to NCCA – will not only host the Championships but also front a team for the event’s rebirth. Sporting purple and gold will be U.S. Ski Team alum Willy Graves and USA Ski Jumping’s Abby Hughes and Alissa Johnson, all of whom are attending Westminster through the U.S. Ski Team partnership program.
Johnson and Hughes just returned from the 2011 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships were they competed in women’s ski jumping. The event received favorable reviews as the International Olympic Committee looks to potentially add women’s ski jumping to the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.
The partnership with Westminster College allows Team athletes not only to pursue their dreams as an elite athlete but also advance their educational careers.
For more information about Westminster College visit www.westminstercollege.edu.