Canada without a Ski Jumping or Nordic Combined Team at the next Olympics?
The sports of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined – two of the original winter Olympic sports –in Canada are at a crossroads and we need help to keep a national team alive. The organization needs public support to keep a team developing for the next Olympic Games in South Korea in 2018. Unlike hockey and alpine skiing, Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined receive zero financial assistance from Own the Podium (Canada’s Olympic legacy funding mechanism) or any other public sources.
We’re pretty good at it…well some of us are
The good news is that Canada is coming off its best world results in recent memory. Multiple Grand Prix podium finishes (including 2 wins), 2 top 15 Olympic finishes on the women’s side and a top 10 World Cup finish on the Men’s side demonstrate that significant results are achievable. With only 5% of the Russian team budget, the Canadian Ski Jumping Team actually outperformed the host nation at the Sochi games.
The best news is that there are 10 Canadian young athletes on the national teams who are dedicated to their sport and competing for Canada.
While Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined are not as expensive to as other elite sports, it will cost each of these young Canadians up to $20,000 per year to train in their sport and to represent Canada. They are trying to finance their training and competition costs. They all have part time of full time jobs, while training in excess of 25 hours per week.
You can help a little or help a lot! Everything helps. We need to raise $200,000.00 dollars each year.