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Ski Jumping: Jessica Jerome wins 11th national title in Park City
by anngaff
posted August 6, 2014 at 10:57am

PARK CITY, Utah (Aug. 6) — Jessica Jerome demonstrated her world-class talent picking up her 11th national title on Sunday, Aug. 2 with a win in the large hill competition at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Park City, Utah. Nita Eng...more

Fly Girls program aims to encourage and develop rising stars in ski jumping
by anngaff
posted June 2, 2014 at 6:56pm

PARK CITY, Utah — Women’s Ski Jumping USA has announced an innovative athlete development initiative and program to recruit and retain young female jumpers nationwide into the sport. Fly Girls — as it’s named — is a junior...more

Amy Purdy – An Inspiration to Everyone
by Sports Girls Play
posted April 12, 2014 at 8:19pm

For those familiar with Amy Purdy and her story, her success on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars should come as no surprise. Purdy hasn’t just been overcoming obstacles since the double amputation of both her legs at age 19 – she’s bee...more

Amy Purdy wins Sochi Paralympic medal, heads to LA for DWTS debut
by Pretty Tough
posted March 15, 2014 at 9:56am

Para-snowboarding took place for the first time in the history of the Paralympic Winter Games today and American snowboarder Amy Purdy captured a bronze medal. After the medal ceremony tonight, Purdy will catch a flight to Los Angeles to prepare for ...more

Iditarod 2014: Mushiest Race of the Year
by Pretty Tough
posted March 8, 2014 at 9:09am

Since 1973, the world’s top mushers have gathered in Alaska to tackle the Iditarod’s 1,150-mile trail, which stretches from Anchorage to Nome, across mountain ranges, frozen rivers, dense forests, desolate tundra and windswept coastline. The ...more

Ski Jumping: Jessica Jerome soars to 2nd in World Cup competition in Romania
by anngaff
posted March 2, 2014 at 7:53pm

JESSICA JEROME, SARA TAKANASHI AND EVELYN INSAM. PHOTO COURTESY OF FIS. RASNOV, Romania - In her first World Cup event after debuting her sport in the Olympic Winter Games, Jessica Jerome leaped to a 2nd-place finish Sunday at the brand new ski jump fa...more

Bronze Medalist Erin Hamlin Partners with USA Luge Slider Search
by Pretty Tough
posted February 19, 2014 at 10:48pm

Erin Hamlin is a three-time Olympian and the first female American luger to medal at any Winter Olympics, as well as the first American of either gender to medal in singles competition. Hamlin, a New York state native, came to Sochi to make amends for ...more

Snowboarding – Finally!
by Westbound Boarder
posted February 17, 2014 at 9:15am

If you’ve been following weather patterns in the Northwest at all this year, you’d probably know that we’ve had an extremely strange winter (in fact, this winter has been strange nationwide!  But especially so out West).  Seatt...more

You can literally see the inequality
by After Atalanta
posted February 14, 2014 at 8:13pm

Last weekish I wrote about my astonishment that there isn't a 4-women bobsled event and how this speaks to the inequality that still remains in the Olympics in spite of visible and highly touted progress (i.e., the much-belated inclusion of women's ski ju...more

Historic day finally realized at Olympic Games for women ski jumpers #Sochi2014
by anngaff
posted February 12, 2014 at 9:46am

Lindsey Van competes in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.Photo by Sarah Brunson/USSA KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia - Try as she might, Jessica Jerome couldn't convince her eyes and her mind that Tuesday night's inaugural Olympic women's ski jumping event...more

Women's Ski Jumping USA President, Parents of USA Ski Jumpers Reflect before Olympic Debut
by anngaff
posted February 11, 2014 at 1:09pm

Before the women ski jumpers make history in their event at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games, leaders at Women's Ski Jumping USA and parents of the US team members reflected on the fight for inclusion: “I think our battle to get the women into ski jump...more

Exhaustion on the slopes Sochi-style
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted February 11, 2014 at 9:15am

The women's cross-country skiathlon finish line. Photograph: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty ImagesWhen I saw this photograph at first on The Guardian website, I thought there had been a terrible tragedy. But no, it's just the aftermath of the Cross-country skiath...more

Ski Legend Picabo Street Partners with Stay on the Slopes Initiative
by Pretty Tough
posted February 8, 2014 at 9:18am

Inspired by her own setbacks, U.S. Olympic Ski Legend Picabo Street is teaming up with the Stay on the Slopes Initiative to help prevent and treat skiing and snowboarding injuries by providing funds for testing equipment, exercise machines and other techn...more

Two Former Track Stars Persevere and Find a Home on 2014 U.S. Women’s Olympic Bobsled Team
by Sports Girls Play
posted February 6, 2014 at 8:37pm

Guest post by Kate Voss The road to Olympic victory is not an easy or painless journey. However, for some athletes who found defeat in one Olympic sport, including former track stars Lolo Jones and Lauryn Williams, an alternative route for Olympic succ...more

Why adjectives matter: The case of women's sports
by After Atalanta
posted February 5, 2014 at 9:07am

I ended yesterday's post with a line about female Olympians, who are the minority gender at the Winter Olympics, receiving a greater piece of spotlight. The caveat (in addition to the fact that it actually might not be true if one does a thorough content ...more

Vote for Women's Ski Jumping Pioneer Lindsey Van for U.S. Flag Bearer - Sochi Opening Ceremony
by WomenCANIntl
posted January 29, 2014 at 8:48am

Vote for Women's Ski Jumping Pioneer Lindsey Van for U.S. Flag Bearer for the Sochi Opening Ceremony. VOTE HERE  http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/vote-who-should-be-flag-bearer-united-states No athlete more deserving than this woman who risked her c...more

Vaness Mae gets ready for the Winter Olympics
by Inspiring Sports Women
posted January 27, 2014 at 9:26pm

Vanessa Mae PIC The TelegraphThai-British violinist Vanessa Mae will ski for Thailand in the Winter Olympics next week. ....Possibly one of the more unusual stories to come from the Games, and they're just starting. Fans of Mae will know she's always...more

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