The U.S. Ski team has just added 11 talented young ski jumping and Nordic combined athletes to their 2012 FIS Nordic Junior World Ski Championship Team made up of earlier named cross-country skiers. The competition heats up in Erzurum, Turkey, a relatively high site in Eastern Turkey, this year and will play out from February 19-26.
Women’s Ski Jumping
Nita Englund, Iron Mountain, MI, 6/10/92 (Kiwanis Ski Club)
Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, UT, 8/1/94 (Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Nina Lussi, Lake Placid, NY, 3/29/94 (New York Ski Educational Foundation)
Men’s Ski Jumping
Peter Frenette, Saranac Lake, NY, 2/24/92 (New York Ski Educational Foundation)
Christian Friberg, Roseville, MN, 9/8/94 (St. Paul Ski Club)
Will Rhoads, Park City, UT, 6/8/95 (Park City Nordic Ski Club)
Brian Wallace, Woodbury, MN, 7/3/93 (St. Paul Ski Club)
Cliff Field, Steamboat Springs, CO, 9/29/92 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Adam Loomis, Eau Claire, WI, 3/19/92 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Erik Lynch, Steamboat Springs, CO, 6/9/94 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
Michael Ward, Aspen, CO, 12/23/92 (Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club)
“The Junior Worlds Team of Sarah Hendrickson, Nina Lussi and Nita Englund will be a force to reckon with in Turkey. Sarah has a demanding lead in the women’s first ever World Cup season after 10 of 14 events. We are looking for a strong performance from her against Sara Takanashi from Japan, who will be her closest competitor,” said Women’s Ski Jumping USA Coach Alan Alborn.
Sarah Hendrickson, Utah resident, will enter the competition leading FIS Ski Jumping World Cup with six victories. She placed 18th last year and took bronze in 2010.
“For Sarah the goal is the gold medal. The challengers will be Japan’s Sara Takanashi and the Slovenian Katja Pozun but neither of them has beaten Sarah during this season,” said Paolo Bernardi, second Women’s Ski Jumping USA Coach.
The future is full of potential for fellow teammates and jumpers Nita Englund and Nina Lussi as well. They will be making their third appearance at Junior Worlds. All of the American women jumpers will train in Predazzo, Italy and will stop in Liberec, Czech Republic for a tune-up competition before the main event in Turkey.
The men’s jumpers will be lead by Peter Frenette, a 2010 Olympian. He was the top American at Junior Worlds last year in 27th place and 12th in 2010. The men’s jumping and Nordic team members are no strangers to the Junior Worlds. This will be Frenette, Michael Ward, Cliff Field, and Wallace third time in the lineup. Lynch and Friberg have been twice.
“Christian Friberg and Brian Wallace are both on the USA Ski Jumping Team’s development squad and leading the charge of our teenage generation of skiers bridging the gap to the national team and the international levels of competitions including FIS Cup and Continental Cup. Christian was an amazing 18th in his first Continental Cup and Brian scored FIS Cup points in Predazzo, Italy,” said Men’s Ski Jumping Coach Casey Colby.
With these athletes, it will be a must-see competition and an exciting fight to the finish.
FIS JUNIOR WORLD SKI CHAMPIONSHIPS
Feb. 22 – Nordic combined individual (HS108 meters/10k)
Feb. 23 – Men’s and women’s ski jumping (HS108 meters) Feb. 24 – Nordic combined team event (HS108 meters/4x5k)
Feb. 25 – Men’s and women’s ski jumping team event (HS108 meters) Feb. 25 – Nordic combined individual (HS108 meters/5k)