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U.S. ski jumping team announced

PARK CITY, Utah – World champion Lindsey Van, who fought for women’s ski jumping to be included in the Olympics, was nominated to the U.S. team headed to the Sochi Games.

The jumpers were announced yesterday in Park City, where the team trains. The 29-year-old Van, who won the inaugural 2009 world championships, joins Olympic Trials winner Jessica Jerome, 26, and Sarah Hendrickson, 19, on the team that will debut the sport in Sochi.

“This inaugural Olympic women’s ski jumping team has already inspired so many people around the world and will continue to do so for years to come,” Coach Alan Alborn said. “They are strong athletes and strong individuals because of the challenges and hardships they have faced both in the sport and outside of it.”

Hendrickson was selected after a promising return to snow following a knee injury sustained in August.

“Sarah has distinguished herself over the past three seasons as one of the world’s top competitors,” said Luke Bodensteiner, executive vice president of athletics for the USSA. “Her accident in August prevented her from competing in the World Cup, but her subsequent rehab was effective, she’s maintained a high level of fitness and her return to the jumping hill has shown us that she’s ready to compete at the top end of her sport.”

The U.S. Olympic Committee is set to formally name the entire U.S. team for Sochi on Jan. 27.

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