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Ski Jumper Jessica Jerome Rises to the Occasion

Jessica Jerome is one Team USA's shining stars in ski jumping, but just 9 years ago, she didn't think shed ever make it to the Olympic stage
This week, for the first time ever, women competed in the sport of ski jumping at this years Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

Jessica Jerome is one Team USA's shining stars in ski jumping, but just 9 years ago, she didn't think shed ever make it to the Olympic stage. She was ranked third in the world in 2005 when she suffered a season-ending knee injury. It took her a full two years to complete her rehab, and in 2008, she won not one, but two U.S. Championships in Ski Jumping, and to top it all off, she finished first out of all U.S. women during Tuesdays Olympic ski jumping competition.

About Jessica Jerome

Olympic Ski Jumper

Age: 26

Hometown: Jacksonville, Fla.

Current Residence: Park City, Utah

As a young girl, Jessica brought home a flyer for an after school program involving ski jumping. Even though her parents thought ski jumping was too dangerous, she eventually convinced them otherwise.  Her persistence has proven to be worth it as she has brought home nine different U.S. national titles and finished first at this years US Olympic Trials.  She hopes to not only be among the first group of women ever to participate in ski jumping at the Winter Olympic Games, but also bring home Team USAs first medal.

ATHLETIC ACHIEVEMENTS

·         U.S. Olympic Trials - 1st place

·         Currently ranked 14th in the World

·         2013 World Championships - finished 6th

·         Continental Cup - 21 podium finishes, including 1 win

·         U.S. Championship Winner - 2002, 2003, 2008, 2010, 2012

RISE BACKGROUND

·         In 2005, Jerome was ranked #3 in the world for ski jumping. Soon after, she suffered a season ending knee injury in 2006.

·         Through all of her struggles, Jerome still managed to compete in 2007 and in 2008, went on to win 2 U.S. Championships.


KEEP UP WITH JESSICA

·         Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/jessica.jerome8

·         Twitter - https://twitter.com/jessicajerome

·         Team USA Bio - http://www.teamusa.org/Athletes/JE/Jessica-Jerome

 

 


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