Archive for February, 2010

First week of the Olympics!

Posted in Ski Jumping on February 18, 2010 by Vanessa Pierce

Although I am not part of the games this year, I have been glued to the TV, watching all the athletes from the USA compete. I personally know many of these athletes from training at the same gym here in Park City, so it is so fun to watch them do their things. My favorite moment so far has been Johnny Spillane winning the silver medal on the normal hill. I have known all the Nordic combined athletes for years, and have trained side by side with them on the jump. That was such a cool race to watch all the Americans do so well with Johnny in 2nd, Todd Lodwick 4th, Billy Demong 6th, and Brett Camerota in 36th. I look forward to watching the K125 event, and the team event. The US athletes have very good chances in the next Nordic Combined competitions. It was also great to watch Julia Mancuso, and Lindsey Vonn claim the top two spots in the Downhill podium last night. The emotion showed by Vonn shows how hard she has worked, and I was very inspired by her.
Of course I can’t forget about the Ski Jumping. I am pulling for the young US team to do well. Good luck to Anders Johnson, Pete Frentte, and Nick Alexander for the large hill event. My guess for this event is Simon Ammann, he is jumping so well, and will be hard to beat.
Congrats to all the US athletes that have taken part in the Olympics, I will keep watching!!!


Olympic time—not for me but for my friends!

Posted in Alta, ESPN, Lindsey Van, MSNBC, Olympics, Secret, Ski Jumping on February 12, 2010 by Vanessa Pierce

The 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver are underway. I’m sad I can’t be there, but I will be watching to support my friends. Nonetheless, I’m still moving along. Secret has started a new campaign called “Let Her Jump,” which is very positive (check it out at Also, I’m now an Ambassador for Cross Sportswear. I’m really excited to put that clothing to use at the Snowbird Nationals (my first freeskiing comp this March).

Yes, I won’t be competing at the Olympics, and there is plenty of media talking about that. So here are some videos from MSNBC’s freelancer Anna Bloom and Secret. Also, watch ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” on Feb. 14 to see a feature on me. The filmers came a month ago and shot me jumping at the Utah Olympic Park, freeskiing at Alta, working as a PT aide at Alpine Sports Medicine, and hanging out. They are coming back tonight to film me watching the Opening Ceremonies :-( but I will be with dear friends and cheering on all of my friends who I know will do awesome this fortnight!

To view the MSNBC documentary, CLICK here.