Jessica Jerome has quickly become a portrait of a winner since she won the first American spot in the women’s in the women’s ski jumping competition, held on Sunday, December 29. The competition was held at the Olympic Park in Jessica’s home town—Park City. The locals are ecstatic about the news, and Jessica’s parents are pretty happy too. After all, their daughter earned the first American spot in the first women's ski jumping competition in Olympics history, winning the U.S. trials Sunday, and a feat to certainly be proud of.
At the young age of seven, she eventually talked her parents into letting her join the Park City Nordic Ski Club. “They came to my elementary school and talked about their program to us during second grade, so I told my mom I wanted to sign up, but my parents thought it was too dangerous and didn't take it seriously,” says Jerome. She finally bugged them enough to get involved with the after school ski program, and kept making progress from that point on.
Now a Utah native, Jessica Jerome (26), has won six career U.S. titles and earned 20 Continental Cup podiums, including her first win in 2010 at Rovaniemi, Finland. She also earned her first World Cup podium in 2012 with a third-place finish.
At the Olympic trials on Sunday, Jerome scored 248.5 points on her two jumps to win a spot in Sochi. Lindsay Van was second, scoring 246.5 (two points back), and Alissa Johnson was third with 240.0 points. Jerome scored 124.0 points on her first jump, clearing 94.5 meters, to take a 1.5-point lead.
She also helped fight for the inclusion of women’s ski jumping in the upcoming Olympics. On Sunday, she made the U.S. Olympic team, and for Jessica, persistence has really paid off. Now a major part of the U.S Olympic Team, Jerome sees 2014 and Sochi as an opportunity to make history and cap a successful competitive career.
Currently finishing an economics degree at Westminster College, Jessica manages to fit school work into her busy training schedule. In the spare time that she has left, she like to participate in outdoor activities (other than skiing), and likes to travel to the beach.
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