The International Ski and Snowboard Federation has announced that for the first time in 19 years, the Ski Jumping World Cup will be held on American soil.
Although the official schedule has not been announced, the competition from February 10-12 in Lake Placid, New York, will consist of the best athletes from around the world competing in the Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup.
The United States previously hosted the World Cup in 2004 in Park City, Utah, and was in Lake Placid as recently as 1990. Typically, most of the in-ring events are held in Europe, but this unique opportunity can help raise awareness of the sport in the United States.
A member of the US men’s national ski jump team, Decker Dean, is excited to compete in his home country and share his favorite sport with the rest of the nation.
“It’s going to be huge for our team and the USA in general, and more importantly, I think just the sport of snowboarding in the USA,” Dean said. “It is very much a European sport and all of our competitions are very much in Europe, so I think being a part of the first World Cup to be held in America in the last 19 years is very cool. I am really looking forward to that and hopefully it will be good.”
The Olympic Jumping Complex in Lake Placid was completely renovated in March with new all-weather mounds to provide year-round availability.
Dean is one of the few athletes who jumped the new Lake Placid hills during a week-long camp in July.
Dean explained that despite his experience in the hills, he doesn’t see it as a huge advantage because snowboarding as a sport is mostly the same wherever you go.
“The hills are great and no one has ever jumped on hills except us, so we will definitely have a bit of an edge to get into the feel of the hill and all,” Dean said. “I think the main advantage will be from our parents and friends and our country hosting the event will be a catalyst.”
Dean will have two chances to compete in Lake Placid ahead of the World Cup with the North American National Championships from Friday 30 September to 1 October and the Continental Cup event from 7-9 October.
These events should give athletes a chance to learn about the new facility and serve as a prelude to the World Cup.
“We were all fascinated by this happening,” Dean said. “Obviously good results are the main focus, but at the same time, it’s pretty crazy because Lake Placid has just built their brand new facility and in a year they’re already going to have the World Cup, so I think overall it’s going to be really cool.”
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