Jacksonville native to ski jump in Olympics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- For the first time ever, women's ski-jumping will be apart of the Olympics and a Jacksonville native is a member of the U.S. team who will be "catching some air" in Sochi.

Jessica Jerome,27, lived in Jacksonville until she was five years old.

Jerome was interviewed on the Today show Thursday with her teammate Sarah Hendrickson. "This area is just amazing. The mountains and everything have come together tremendously in the past year since we were here last competing in the World Cup and it's great to be here," said Jerome.

Jerome moved with her Navy family to Park City, Utah in 1992 and learned to ski and ultimately ski jump. She made her World Cup debut in 2011, and took sixth place in the World Cup Championship qualifying for the Olympics.

Jerome told First Coast News today the past year has been a whirlwind. "It's starting to sink in a little bit now that I'm actually here in Russian and there's this electricity and everybody is so excited and amped up. "I think for me it will start to sink in tomorrow during opening ceremonies that I'm actually here."

As for winning Sochi gold, she said anything is possible. "You know, anything can happen. This is going to be our first event for girl's in the Olympics. It's going to be a tough competition out there but it's going to be a great competition. If I put my two best jumps together then I think I could achieve that but it all depends on the day."

Jerome will take to the skies in her first Olympic competition on February 11th.


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