LAKE PLACID, NY – The New York Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) will host the International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS) Ski Jumping World Cup on February 10-12, 2023, at the Olympic Jumping Complex.
The FIS Ski Jumping World Cup field features the best men’s ski jumpers in the world vying for podium finishes and points in the overall World Cup standings in two individual competitions and a Super-Team event. Jumpers from Poland, Austria, and Norway have dominated the top of the World Cup standings this season, with Olympic gold medalist Ryoyu Kobayashi of Japan and Olympic medalist Karl Geiger of Germany not far off. Poland is led by Dawid Kubacki, Piotr Zyla and Kamil Stoch. Kubacki is a three-time Olympian who won bronze medals at the Pyeongchang and Beijing Games. Halvor Egner Granerud, Marius Lindvik, and Robert Johansson lead the way for Norway, while Stefan Kraft, Manuel Fettner, Michael Haybock, Jan Horl, and Daniel Tschofenig top the Austrian contingent. Lindvik soared to the large hill Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2022. Erik Belshaw, an 18-year-old from Steamboat Springs, Colo., has been the top World Cup jumper for the United States team this season, with Andrew Urlaub and Olympians Decker Dean and Casey Larson also on the U.S. National Team.
The World Cup in Lake Placid comes toward the end of the season, with athletes positioning for the World Championships two weeks away. The stop in Lake Placid is the 13th of 15 on the World Cup tour, culminating with the World Championships, Feb. 24-March 4, in Planica, Slovenia.
Winning jumps are determined by a point system in which the highest number of points wins. Judges evaluate an athlete’s performance based on their distance and style. Super Team, which is making its men’s World Cup debut in Lake Placid, is designed to accommodate smaller nations that are unable to field a four-person team. Each Super Team consists of two athletes per country who compete in a three-round elimination format.
Official training kicks off the event on Friday, with competition rounds and medals awarded on Saturday and Sunday:
Friday, Feb 10 | HS 128 | Olympic Jumping Complex
- 3:00 pm | Official Training (2 rounds)
5:00 pm | Qualification Round
Saturday, Feb 11 | HS 128 | Olympic Jumping Complex
- INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION
9:00 am | Trial Round
10:00 am | 1st Competition Round
- SUPER TEAM COMPETITION
4:00 pm | Trial Round
5:00 pm | 1st Competition Round
Sunday, Feb 12 | HS 128 | Olympic Jumping Complex
- INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION
8:45 am | Qualification round
10:15 am | 1st Competition Round
The Olympic Jumping Complex at 5486 Cascade Road in Lake Placid has long been an important year-round training center for athletes of all levels since hosting the Winter Olympic Games in 1980. The venue includes four ski jumping hills (HS 100, HS 128, HS 10, and HS 20) and an eight-passenger gondola that rises above the Intervales Base Lodge. ORDA recently modernized the complex by installing frost rails on the in-runs, re-contouring both outruns and adding summer surfaces for year-round training capabilities, upgrading the snowmaking system, and installing a new ADA-compliant gondola and glass elevator. It is the only facility homologated for year-round jumping in North America.
The International Ski and Snowboard Federation (FIS), USA Nordic Sport (USANS), and the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) announced on September 22, 2022, that the World Cup will return to the United States. It will be the first time Lake Placid has hosted a World Cup ski jumping event since 1990. Following the 1980 Olympics, Lake Placid hosted the FIS World Cup eight years in a row between 1983 and 1990. The latest World Cup ski jumping event on U.S. soil was in 2002 in Park City, Utah. The event is open to the media and public, offering spectators an exciting opportunity to watch the top ski jumpers in the world soar through the air alongside other energetic fans cheering on their respective countries.
Tickets and Additional Information:
One-day and two-day tickets are available. ORDA Whiteface, Gore, Belleayre, and Mt Van Hoevenberg season pass holders receive free entry into this event. For more information, visit lakeplacidlegacysites.com
Established in 1982, the New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority (ORDA) was created by the State of New York to manage the facilities used during the 1980 Olympic Winter Games at Lake Placid. ORDA operates Whiteface, Belleayre, and Gore Mountains, Mt Van Hoevenberg, the James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval, the Olympic Jumping Complex, and the Olympic Center. As host to international and national championships, ORDA has brought millions of athletes, spectators, and participants to the regions it serves, resulting in significant economic development. www.orda.org.
ABOUT THE OLYMPIC JUMPING COMPLEX
The Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex comprises a HS 100 and HS 128 meter ski jumps towers built for the 1980 Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, United States, and modernized and lengthened in 2021, making them the only jumps in North America homologated for winter and summer jumping competitions. Follow on social media: @lakeplacidjumps.
FIS is the governing body for international skiing and snowboarding, founded in 1924 during the first Olympic Games in Chamonix, France. Recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), FIS manages the Olympic disciplines of Alpine Skiing, Cross-Country Skiing, Ski Jumping, Nordic Combined, Freestyle Skiing and Snowboarding, including setting the international competition rules. Through its 132 member nations, more than 500 FIS ski and snowboard competitions are staged annually. Specific initiatives are undertaken by FIS to promote snow activities as a healthy leisure recreation, notably for the young. For more information, please visit www.fis-ski.com.
ABOUT USA NORDIC
USA Nordic Sport (USANS) is the National Leadership Organization for the original Olympic disciplines of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined in the United States. Founded in 2007, USANS is a 501 (c)(3) committed to ensuring the survival and success of Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined throughout the country. Built by alumni and driven by former athletes, we are focused on growing and promoting our sports while operating international elite team programs with the goal to be the best in the world. USA Nordic “Elite Athletes” represent the best in the country in their sports and compete as a team at the national and international levels. More information on USA Nordic can be found at www.usanordic.org or its social media channels @usanordic.
Photo at top: Ski jumping at the Lake Placid Olympic Ski Jumping Complex. Photo courtesy of ORDA, Adirondack Almanack archive photo.