Olympic ski jumping, cross-country skiing teams named


— In addition to four Nordic combined athletes, about a dozen other United States athletes were announced as on the U.S. Olympic team Wednesday in two other sports.

In ski jumping, the first women’s team included three athletes: Sarah Hendrickson, Lindsey Van and Jessica Jerome.

Hendrickson made the team despite blowing out her knee in August.

“This inaugural Olympic women’s ski jumping team has already inspired so many people around the world and will continue to do so for years to come,” coach Alan Alborn said in a U.S. Ski Team news release. “They are strong athletes and strong individuals because of the challenges and hardships they have faced both in the sport and outside of it. They have built this path to the Olympic Games brick by brick, and they have done most of the heavy lifting.”

Nick Alexander, Nick Fairall, Peter Frenette and Anders Johnson were named to the men’s ski jumping team.

Another 14 athletes were named to the cross-country skiing team.

Erik Bjornsen, Brian Gregg, Kris Freeman, Simi Hamilton, Noah Hoffman, Torin Koos and Andy Newell made the cut for the men. Sadie Bjornsen, Holly Brooks, Sophie Caldwell, Jessie Diggins, Kikkan Randall, Ida Sargent and Liz Stephen were named to the women’s team.

“We have a unique opportunity to make history in Sochi,” coach Chris Grover said. “Our team speaks to years of dedication, experience and hard work with veterans setting the stage to turn that work into great results. Additionally, our younger athletes are fighting for results and have shown that they have earned their spots on this team. We’re ready for the challenge ahead.”

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