LAKE PLACIDO — The International Ski and Snowboard Federation, Nordic Sports USA, and the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority announced Thursday that the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup will take place February 10-12, 2023 in Lake Placid.
The village last hosted the Ski Jumping World Cup in 1990. The last time the US hosted this event was in 2004 in Park City, Utah. The mid-February World Cup calendar date was made free after the originally planned US venue, Iron Mountain, had to cancel in August due to financial problems.
“This is a game changer for our organization.” USA Nordic CEO Adam Provost said in a statement: “The opportunity to bring the world’s best ski jumpers to Lake Placid provides the sport with a platform for growth that has not been seen in nearly 20 years. The opportunity to host will increase the visibility and reputation of the sport and inspire the next generation of ski jumpers.”
The Olympic Jumping Complex at Lake Placid consists of two hills, HS100 and HS128, and has been used as a training center for ski jumpers of all levels.
The World Cup events consist of the Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup with athletes from all over the world. An official schedule for the event has yet to be finalized.
“In the coming days and weeks we will work with the Organizing Committee and all partners involved to develop a detailed program and communicate it accordingly. We are very much looking forward to returning to this traditional location, Lake Placid, and thank the organizers for making this event possible in such a short time.” FIS Race Director Sandro Partil said:
The Men’s and Women’s Ski Jumping Continental Cup at Lake Placid next month now takes on even more importance. A total of six competitions (three women and three men) will be held at the Lake Placid COC from October 7-9. This COC event serves as a dress rehearsal for the World Cup premiere at the ski jump facility.
“Bringing the World Cup back to U.S. soil is critical to the development of the sport of ski jumping in this country and around the world.” Anders Johnson, USA Nordic Men’s and Women’s Ski Jumping Coach, said: “Our athletes couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity and are excited to see what great things come out of this event.”
Last month, the US ski jumping team announced a training partnership with Norges Hopland Slugt. Norges Hoplandslaget is the national training organization for the original Olympic sport of ski jumping in Norway.