Lindsey Van Jumps to Top of Continental Cup Standings

Posted By: Zeke Piestrup on January 20, 2009 12:00 pm

There’s another Lindsey out there who continues to dominate her sport.  This Lindsey is a Van, not a Vonn, and she along with Norway’s Anette Sagen, are the two best women ski jumpers in the world.  Van grew up a Park City junior racer, but at the age of seven, the recently built Salt Lake City Winter Olympics ski-jumping facility beckoned.  One jump and destiny’s path took a new route.  "I started out [alpine] ski racing, but just liked going off the jumps, so I went and tried ski jumping. I was hooked from my first jump."

Fifteen years later, the diminutive flyer has generated considerable media interest for her ariel feats in a sport that traditionally is not thought of as a women’s sport.  Witnessing one jump from Linsey Van dispels that antiquated notion.  However, tradition dies hard and change is slow.  When the calendar hits 2010, and our nation’s best head to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics, Van will join the rest of us, watching at home.  The International Olympic Committee continues to reject the inclusion of women’s ski jumping.  Not much Van and her competitors can do, other than demonstrate week in and week out their excellence on the highest ranking tour of women’s ski jumping, the Continental Cup.

This weekend in Baiersbronn, German, Van posted her first Continental Cup win in two years to move into the series lead.  It was a dramatic come from behind victory, after Van’s chief competitor, Sagen, fell short of the 88.5 meter winning mark. "I am very happy with the competition today," said Van. "It was close and exciting and while the conditions were challenging, it is ski jumping and it feels great to have a win."

The fight for recognition continues, while the tour moves to Toblach, Italy, and then Ljubno, Slovena for a pair of competitions.

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