Far West Ski Foundation, in collaboration with its sister organization the Far West Ski Association, has supported WSJUSA since 2009 with special campaigns within organized skiing. Because of the support of organized snowsport and recognition of the tenacious dedication of the late Deedee Corradini, the Foundation has taken up the challenges from Women’s Ski Jumping USA and made several grants over the last 2 years totaling nearly $5000 (the Foundation and the Association providing matching contributions). The Foundation has resolved to make an annual scholarship grant to the Fly Girls program in honor of Deedee Corradini, commemcing in 2015
Deedee Corradini, 2009 Snowsports Builder and incredible lady, died March 1, 2015 at her home in Park City, Utah. She was 70. She was the only president of Women’s Ski Jumping USA for more than 10 years; Corradini was the outspoken and unyielding leader in the global fight to allow women to participate in ski jumping at the Olympic level. That dream was realized in the 2014 Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
Corradini was the past president of the distinguished International Women’s Forum. She was fluent in French and Arabic, having spent part of her youth in the Middle East. She was a Senior Distinguished Fellow in Urban Studies at The Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics and Public Leadership at Furman University, and Senior Vice President of Prudential Utah Real Estate.
Corradini is the only female mayor of Salt Lake City, serving from 1992-2000, and was the former president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
A jumping suit signed by the first nationa;l women’s ski jumping team was presented to FWSA/FWSF for their effort in 2013 and 2014 was donated in November 2014 to the Ski Library in Norco, California on the Library’s tenth anniversary. Shown here are Jane Wyckoff, Ingrid Wicken, Curator, and John Watson. Wyckoff and Watson are both Past Presidents of FWSA; Watson is President of FWSF.
FWSF had a part to play in the eventual participation of the American jumpers in the Sochi Winter Olympics in 2014. In the March 2015 final World Cup meet in Oslo, Sarah Hendrickson placed second with her rehabilitated knee, Jessica Jerome 11th, Nita Englund 23rd and Tara Geraghty-Moats 28th.
This is a signal achievement for WSJUSA. In addition, WSJUSA sent two athletes to the World Junior Championships – one of whom is a direct result of the Fly Girls program started in summer 2014. Fly Girls is analogous to the FWSA Athletic Scholarship Program for young athletes.
There is a long trail ahead for our women ski jumpers to get to the next Winter Olympics in Peongchang in 2018, with training of our Fly Girls and participating in a complex schedule of jumping tourneys and championships along the way. Stay
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Far West Ski Foundation, in collaboration with its sister organization the Far West Ski Association, has supported WSJUSA since 2009 with special campaigns in organized skiing. The late Deedee Corradini was introduced to the FWSA in its 2009 convention and was named its Snowsport Builder for that year. She remains a cherished and heroic lady for the skiers of the Far West.