Women jumpers ready to test worlds hill


The U.S. women's jumping team rolled into the Czech Republic on Thursday in preparation for a pair of Continental Cup events on the same hill that will host the first women's World Championship next February. 
    "We just arrived a few hours ago, and none of us had any idea of how big this city was since we are usually sent to small towns with smaller ski jumps," U.S. jumper Abby Hughes said of Liberec on Thursday night. "When we got here and saw that the whole hotel was being taken over by [event] officials, athletes and trainers, I was shocked. They are incredibly prepared for our Continental Cup and the men's Grand Prix."
  
LIBEREC, Czech Republic — The U.S. women's jumping team rolled into the Czech Republic on Thursday in preparation for a pair of Continental Cup events on the same hill that will host the first women's World Championship next February. 
    "We just arrived a few hours ago, and none of us had any idea of how big this city was since we are usually sent to small towns with smaller ski jumps," U.S. jumper Abby Hughes said of Liberec on Thursday night. "When we got here and saw that the whole hotel was being taken over by [event] officials, athletes and trainers, I was shocked. They are incredibly prepared for our Continental Cup and the men's Grand Prix."
    While Friday and Saturday's jumps are Continental Cups, Jessica Jerome anticipates that getting a feel for the terrain will help her when February's World Championships roll around.
    "I am very excited to test it out and get a feel for the profile and what the air is like," Jerome said. "Mentally it's good to get a visual of the surroundings and apply that to World Championships."
    In the meantime, the jumpers, who have never been to the city, are spending their first night in Liberec in awe of their surroundings.
    "Today we got to check out Prague, and it was amazing," Hughes said. "Liberec seems similar to Prague and the old buildings are beautiful! It's nice to see and learn about this new culture through the architecture."
    The women compete Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. 

This weekend's FIS Continental Cup schedule:

Friday, Oct. 3 – Women's HS100

Saturday, Oct. 4 – Women's HS100, men's HS134

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