Up North: Ski Jumpers Hit the Hill in Coleraine

Chelsie Brown
Created: February 28, 2018 11:13 PM

"We'll talk about ski jumping and people will look at us like we're crazy, but we're like it's actually a really fun sport," said Iyana Flett.

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Crazy or not, it takes a bold person to want to race down an in-run jump, and attempt to land as far as possible down the hill.

"Your first time it's really scary on top of the hill, the second time you go it's like 'oh I want to get back up there and do it again,'" said Gavin Mjolsness.

Skiers say it's the adrenaline rush that challenges them to take on new heights.

"We have a tiny hill for the littlest kids. An 8-meter, 15-meter, 20-meter, and our biggest hill for today is a 40-meter," said Coordinator Susan Kavanagh.

For 109 years the Itasca Ski Jump Club has continues to support this daring sport, making sure it sticks around in Minnesota by passing their interest down to the next generation.

"It is so fun, getting so high in the air and the adrenaline, it is a blast," added Flett.

Along with Itasca's Ski Jumping Hill in Coleraine, the only other hill in the Northland is in Cloquet. Although ski jumping may be intimidating at first, it's still something beginners can be taught. It's also something they can learn to love.

"You don't have to start when you're three years old to be good. We get kids who start when they're 12 and they end up being good enough to be on a Junior Nationals team," added Kavanagh.



Chelsie Brown

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