FIS, USANS, and ORDA Partner to Bring the World’s Best Back to North America
The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), USA Nordic Sport (USANS), and the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA), announce that the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup will return to the United States of America (US) this winter, February 10-12, 2023, in Lake Placid, New York.
The last Ski Jumping World Cup in Lake Placid took place in 1990, with the most recent Ski Jumping World Cup host in the US being Park City, Utah, 19 years ago in 2004. In North America, Canada’s Vancouver was the latest World Cup host in 2009. The Ski Jumping World Cup calendar date in mid-February had become free after the initially planned venue in the US, Iron Mountain, had to drop out in August.
“This is a game-changer for our organization,” said USA Nordic CEO, Adam Provost. “The opportunity to bring in the best Ski Jumpers in the world to Lake Placid will give our sport a platform for growth that we haven’t had in close to 20 years. The opportunity to bring a FIS showcase event and host world-class athletes in the United States, will bring more awareness and notoriety to the sport and inspire the next generation of Ski Jumpers.”
The Lake Placid Olympic Jumping Complex, consisting of two hills (HS100 and HS128), has long been an important training center for athletes at all levels. The recent modernization of the Olympic Ski Jumping Complex and the monumental upgrades and improvements are making them more attractive than ever for athletes and spectators, as well as organizers of international competitions.
“We are honored to have the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup back in Lake Placid,” said ORDA President and CEO, Michael Pratt. “Over the past four years, ORDA has undertaken dozens of projects bringing this facility to current world-class standards. Ski Jumping has been a part of Lake Placid’s heritage for decades, and we look forward to seeing the world’s best in Ski Jumping back in Lake Placid.”
The event will consist of Men’s Ski Jumping World Cups, with athletes from around the world. The official schedule for the event is yet to be finalized.
“We will work out the detailed program together with the organizing committee and all partners involved in the coming days and weeks, and then communicate it accordingly. Now, we are all very much looking forward to the return of the World Cup to the US, and especially to this traditional place of Lake Placid. Our thanks go to the organizers for making this event possible in such a short time,” said FIS Race Director, Sandro Pertile.
The Men’s and Women’s Ski Jumping Continental Cup (COC) to be held next month in Lake Placid, now takes a special, additional, significance. A total of six competitions (three women, three men) will be held during the Lake Placid COC, taking place October 7-9. This COC event will be an important dress rehearsal for the premier of the World Cup at the new facility.
For USA Nordic, the return of the World Cup means another important step towards the top of the world; last month, the US Ski Jumping team had announced a training alliance with Norges Hopplandslaget, the national leadership organization for the original Olympic discipline of Ski Jumping in Norway.
“First of all, I want to give a huge thank you to Lake Placid, ORDA, USA Nordic and FIS, for their hard work in bringing the FIS World Cup back to the United States for the first time in 19 years,” said USA Nordic Men’s and Women’s Ski Jumping Coach, Anders Johnson. “Having the World Cup back on US soil is very important in developing the sport of Ski Jumping in this country, and across the world. Our athletes could not be more thrilled about this opportunity, and we are excited to see the great things that will come from this event.”
FIS is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding, founded in 1924 during the first Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules. Through its 132 member nations, more than 500 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually. Specific initiatives are undertaken by FIS to promote snow activities as a healthy leisure recreation, notably for the young. For more information, visit www.fis-ski.com.
ABOUT USA NORDIC
USA Nordic Sport (USANS) is the National Leadership Organization for the original Olympic disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in the United States. Founded in 2007, USANS is a 501 (c)(3) committed to ensuring the survival and success of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined throughout the country. Built by alumni and driven by former athletes, we are focused on growing and promoting our sports while operating international elite team programs with the goal to be the best in the world. USA Nordic “Elite Athletes” represent the best in the country in their sports and compete as a team at the national and international levels. More information on USA Nordic can be found at www.usanordic.org or its social media channels @usanordic.
ABOUT THE OLYMPIC JUMPING COMPLEX
The Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex comprises a HS100- and HS128-meter ski jumps towers built for the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, United States, and modernized and lengthened in 2021, making them the only jumps in North America homologated for winter and summer jumping competitions. Follow on social media: @lakeplacidjumps.