Archive for the WSJUSA Category

Worlds in Oslo Norway Feb 25th

Posted in Lindsey Van, Ski Jumping, WSJUSA on February 13, 2011 by Vanessa Pierce

I am about to head out the door to begin my journey to Norway in a few minutes. I am headed there for World Championships. The Nordic Worlds are being held in Norway, the birth place of these sports. It is expected to be a great atmosphere with lots of people watching kinda like the Super Bowl is here.
Over the last few weeks I have been training here in Park City. I have had about 40 jumps on the K120 here with great training weather. I have also been in the gym, doing lost of cross country skiing, and some yoga. I feel confident in my jumping, and I am healthy! I am very excited to go to Norway for this competition. I think the competition will be at very high level. Austria’s Daniela Iraschko, Coline Mattel, are jumping very well so it should be a tight competition. My team consists of Jessica Jerome, Sarah Hendrickson, Abby Hughes, Alissa Johnson, and myself. You can watch the comp on, if you click on the women’s jumping link.
When I get back from Worlds I will be on my way to San Francisco to donate bone marrow. This is very exciting for me, and of course a bit scary. I was identified as a match for someone with Leukemia back in the fall, and after going through multiple test, I will be donating March 14th and 15th at UCSF. I hope I can help save someone’s life. You can sign up at The next few weeks should be exciting with Worlds, and then donating bone marrow. Thanks for the support. I will be updating while I am in Norway.
Lindsey Van


April 14 benefit for WSJUSA in New York

Posted in "Fighting Gravity", Ski Jumping, WSJUSA on April 9, 2009 by Vanessa Pierce

This is an excerpt from a Vanity Fair article about our fight for Olympic inclusion. We have a benefit party in New York on April 14.

Strap two planks to your feet, a brain bucket to your head, tuck down a long, long take-off ramp and fly high into the air—tips up, everyone—and land on a steep icy slope a couple of hundred feet away. The thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, et cetera?

If Vinko Bogataj, the plucky Yugoslav who face-planted so ferociously each week on ABC’s Wide World of Sports in the 1970s, can survive ski jumping, maybe you can too. Or at least a ski jump party.

Ski jumping, the original extreme sport of wintertime, is throwing a protest-cum-film screening benefit. It is not at a ski resort, but at Norwood, the private arts club on West 14th Street in Manhattan, on Tuesday, April 14. There you can mingle with a dozen world-class women ski jumpers, Saturday Night Live comedienne Rachel Dratch (who knows a little about ski jumping, having gone to Dartmouth where the famous Vale de Tempe jump stood from 1922 to 1993—the top of the jump was a favorite place for undergraduates to snog at sunrise), and others who are decrying the remarkable fact that at the 2010 Vancouver Games men will be able to ski jump but not women.