With the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia scheduled to begin in less than three weeks, the nation's team expanded yet again on Jan. 22 with the nomination of seven athletes to the U.S. Olympic ski jumping team.
Jessica Jerome, 26, earned the first of three available berths on the inaugural women's team by winning the sport's Olympic trials in December over 2009 World Champion Lindsey Van. The 29-year old Van was also named to the team, as was reigning World Champ Sarah Hendrickson, 19, who was rehabbing a knee injury during trials but made the team based on her resume in the sport.
Nick Fairall, 24, who won the men's trials, headlines the men's team, which is rounded out by three men with previous Olympic experience in Peter Frenette, Nick Alexander and Anders Johnson.
Following the announcement by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association, Van expressed her enthusiasm via Twitter, writing "It's happening. We are going to the Olympics! I'm overwhelmed, and so excited to share ski jumping with the world."
Olympic ski jumping at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi will begin Feb. 8.