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Austria’s Hannah Weigle takes to the air during the Lake Placid Continental Cup on March 26 at the Olympic Jumping Complex. (Enterprise image – Parker O’Brien)

LAKE PLACID – The International Ski and Snowboard Federation, USA Nordic Sport and the state Olympic Regional Development Authority announced Thursday that the FIS Ski Jumping World Cup will return to Lake Placid February 10-12, 2023.

This village last hosted the Ski Jumping World Cup in 1990. The last time the United States hosted the event was in 2004 in Park City, Utah. The World Cup calendar date in mid-February is now free after an initially planned venue in the United States, Iron Mountain, pulled out due to financial problems in August.

“This is a game changer for our organization,” Adam Provost, CEO of North America, said in a statement. “The opportunity to bring the best snowboarders in the world to Lake Placid will give our sport a platform for growth that we have not had in nearly 20 years. The opportunity to bring the FIS Show event and host world-class athletes in the United States, will bring more awareness and notoriety to this sport and inspire the next generation of figure skating players.”

The Lake Placid Olympic Jump Complex, consisting of two hills – the HS100 and HS128 – has been used as a training center for ski jumpers of all levels.

The World Cup event will consist of the Men’s Ski Jumping World Cup, with athletes from all over the world. The official schedule of the event has not yet been finalized.

We will work on preparing the detailed program with the organizing committee and all participating partners in the coming days and weeks, and then publish it accordingly. Now, we are all eagerly looking forward to the World Cup returning to the United States, and especially to this traditional setting in Lake Placid. We thank the organizers for making this event possible in such a short time.” Sandro Bertil, FIS race director, said.

The men’s and women’s Continental Ski Jump Championships, which will take place in Lake Placid next month, are of added significance. Six competitions – three women and three men – will take place during the Lake Placid COC competition, which takes place October 7-9. This COC event will be a rehearsal for the inaugural World Cup at the Ski Jump facility.

“The return of the World Cup to US soil is very important to the development of the sport of snowboarding in this country and throughout the world,” said Anders Johnson, USA Men’s and Women’s Ski Jump Coach. “Our athletes cannot be thrilled with this opportunity, and we are excited to see the great things to come from this event.”

Last month, the US Ski Jump team announced a training alliance with Norges Hopplandslaget, the leading national organization for Norway’s original Olympic ski jumping system.

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