I am 14 years old, and I have been ski jumping since I was 10. The first few years that I jumped were not great snow years in the East, but I got a good taste of the sport at my local Ford Sayre club in NH. I enjoyed jumping from the beginning, but I really became hooked when I went off our K32 jump for the first time and felt the speed. It was then that I started dreaming of jumping the really big jumps and maybe even going to the Olympics some day.
Because there aren’t a lot of girls my age that jump in the East, I compare myself with the boys and try to out jump the boys in my age group. I was excited this past winter when I beat not only all the boys in my age group, but also all the high school boys in one of the Lebanon K50 meets.
From there, I went to Salisbury, CT. and placed 2nd on a K65. It was the biggest jump I had ever gone off, and I loved it! At that meet I qualified for the Junior Nationals. In March I flew to Steamboat Springs and jumped a K75 for the first time. I was very excited to compete in the Jr. Nationals later that week, but had an unfortunate fall and broke my ankle. After months of rest and rehabilitation, I am ready to go again, and can’t wait to head back to Steamboat and then on to Park City to jump again.
Fundraising for Fly Girls Camp!
I have been selected to take part in the 2015 Fly Girls Camp and Program, hosted by Women’s Ski Jumping USA. This is an invitation camp for the top U.S. juniors. The cost of the 5-week-long camp is $2,000 and WSJ-USA is matching up to $1,000 of what I raise on this RallyMe campaign. I feel fortunate to have this unique opportunity to attend the Fly Girls Camp. I am excited to learn from world-class coaches and National Team members and to train with other girls who share my passion for jumping.
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