Amid the record-breaking heatwaves and fires of the last month, ski jumping is probably the last thing on most people’s minds. However, for ski jumpers around the world, the end of July marks the beginning of the competitive season with the Jindro Mayer Springer Tournee taking place this week at the Utah Olympic Park.
This is the 22nd annual Springer Tournee: a weeklong festival with ski jumping and nordic workshops, training sessions, and competitions. Younger athletes have the opportunity to be coached by National Team Olympians and receive mentorship for the season ahead.
The event will culminate with the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships and U.S. Nordic Combined Championships taking place this weekend. This will be the first time in two years that these athletes have had the chance to compete, due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. This year’s event is especially important as it’s considered a warm-up event for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics that will take place in February.
“The U.S. Championships are a vital event for our athletes in preparation for the Olympic season ahead,” said Jed Hinkley, USA Nordic Sport Director. “This year athletes also need to be prepped for competition as they head into Olympic qualifying events on the Grand Prix and Continental Cup tours around the world this summer and fall.”