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Fairall and Jerome win US Olympic trials

Peter Frenette, Nick Fairall, Anders Johnson
Peter Frenette, Nick Fairall, Anders Johnson - USA Ski Jumping / Peter Graves

Nick Fairall and Jessica Jerome won the Olympic Trials of the US ski jumping teams in Park City and so both already earned their spots on the team for Sochi.

In front of 5000 spectators in the Utah Olympic Park, Nick Fairall won the competition on the normal hill with two jumps on 96 m and a total of 253.5 points. Anders Johnson came in second with 95.5 m and 95 m (249.0 points), followed by Peter Frenette with 93 m and 95.5 m (245.5 points).

"ItТs excellent to be going to my first Olympics. ItТs something I have dreamed of since I was a little kid, but most importantly I am proud to go and represent the USA. This crowd was amazing. They were loud with their cheering and us athletes could hear them from the top. I tried to stay mentally strong today and not put too much pressure on myself and it paid off. I'm really happy", told Fairall.

"It was a very fair competition, and I was pretty much expecting the guys that placed in the top three to be there. Nick Fairall has been jumping pretty well and it was good that he was so consistent. Pete Frenette jumped very well and was right in there and Anders, who has probably more jumps on this hill than anyone else, had some difficulty on the landing on the first jump but still was very strong", said coach Clint Jones, who will now travel to Europe with Fairall and Frenette to compete in th upcoming World Cups.

The ladies' competition was won by Jessica Jerome with 94.5 m and 94 m (248.5 points), followed by Lindsey Van with 246.5 points (93.5 m and 94 m) and Alissa Johnson with 240.0 points (93 m and 94.5 m).†"I feel relieved because I earned that spot so now I have a good month to really focus on my training. It sounds cliche, but it is a dream come true and I can't wait to go and represent my country", said Jerome.

The remainder of the US men's and women's Olympic teams will be named late January based on World and Continental Cup results.

FIS-ski.com 30 December 2013

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