The new Fly Girls program is the legacy of the pioneering Women’s Olympic Ski Jumping Team. It is a bridge between our terrific national club level programs and the National Team. Fly Girls is the stepping stone and spring board for young women across the country who want to pursue even further their love of ski jumping.
Fly Girls is designed as a feeder program to recruit, identify, and foster young talent into the pipeline of the overall National Team program.
Each spring, 10-plus rising stars in ski jumping (ages 12-16) will be selected to the Fly Girls program and invited to attend an intensive, five-week summer development camp. Fly Girls aims to foster the athletic progress of the athlete throughout the entire season.
How is Fly Girls funded?
Women’s Ski Jumping USA is a 501c3 nonprofit and more than 60 percent of the annual budget is provided by individual donation, fundraising, and grant support. WSJ-USA aims to raise $60,000 by 2016 for the Fly Girls Athlete Development Program and Camp. Half of the $2,000 cost to attend the five-week camp will be subsidized by WSJ-USA to help lessen the financial burden on Fly Girls families.
What are the goals of the Athlete Development Program?
Help recruit and retain girls into ski jumping clubs from five key regions across the nation: Eastern (NY, VT, CT, NH, ME); Central (IL, MI, MN, WI); Rocky Mountain (CO); Intermountain (UT); and Alaska.
Provide high-level training guides and tools for young athletes
and coaches to benefit and enhance the development of female ski jumpers at all levels and in any region across the U.S.
Provide an avenue for collaboration and exchange of ideas and curriculum with club coaches to create a cohesive and streamlined national training philosophy.
Identify female ski jumpers, ages 12-16, who will take part in the annual month-longFly Girls Development Camp, hosted at Utah Olympic Park. Top-performing jumpers may be nominated to the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Development Team.
Facilitate and encourage young ski jumpers to be well-rounded individuals off the hill by providing nutrition best practices, leadership training, media training, and how to fund-raise their careers and then pay it forward.
Provide mentoring program between National Team members and Fly Girls development athletes.
Fly Girls Developement Camp
Each spring, 8-15 rising stars in ski jumping (ages 12-16) will be selected to the Fly Girls program and invited to attend an intensive, five-week summer development camp where National Team coaches will guide their training and help them set athletic goals.
The camp kicks off with a week of training in Steamboat Springs, CO and the annual July 4th competition. We will then head to Park City to train for the remainder of July and participate in the Annual Springer Tournee during the final week. The Fly Girls Team will get the chance to train alongside National and Olympic team members and experience aspects of the U.S. Ski Team’s high-performance training program.
Fly Girls aims to foster the athletic progress of the athlete throughout the entire season. After the camp, the highest-performing Fly Girls members may be nominated to the Visa Women’s Ski Jumping Development Team.
Our goal is for Fly Girls to be an avenue for collaboration and exchange of ideas and curriculum with all of the great club coaches, athletes, and parents nationwide. We’ve created helpful development programs and training guides in alliance with USA Ski Jumping, the men’s National Team.
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