Ski Jumping

GIF generated from a video posted on the Save Our Ski Jump Facebook page

A 35-year-old popular high school ski jump in New Hampshire has been demolished after an engineer deemed it unsafe.

The jump was built by the Plymouth High School ski team in 1979. It was demolished Wednesday, despite an effort on Facebook to save it.

A fundraiser for the project raised most of the $50,000 goal.

The State Jump Meet will be held at the Plymouth jump in February, so organizers hope to have a new structure built by the end of the year.

Backlit Rings [Sochi]
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 New Hampshire is well represented at the Olympic Games this year, with ten Granite Staters competing at Sochi. 

That’s particularly true in Men’s Ski Jumping, with two out of three team members coming from New Hampshire:  Nick Alexander of Lebanon and Nick Fairall of Andover.

Recently, NHPR visited the ski club where it all started for Fairall.

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With a little less than a week to go to the start of the Olympic Games, 23 athletes with New Hampshire connections are set to represent to United States in Sochi.

With a number of strong boarding school winter sport programs in the state, distinguishing who is a “New Hampshire athlete” and who isn’t can be a challenge. But here’s a general list of who’s who.

·         Nick Alexander, Lebanon, Ski Jumping

·         Gillian Apps, Dartmouth College, Hockey*

·         Kacey Bellamy, University of New Hampshire, Hockey*

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New Hampshire will be well represented on the US Ski Team that is headed to Sochi in February. Today three Granite Staters learned that they have earned a ticket to the Olympic games.

Andover cross-country skier Kris Freeman will appear in his 4th Olympic Games. It will be the second Olympic appearance for Lebanon ski jumper Nick Alexander, and the first for jumper Nick Fairall of Andover.

Andover native Nick Fairall will take part in the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

Fairall secured a spot on the U.S. ski jumping team with his win at the Olympic Trials in Park City, Utah this past weekend.

Fairall, 24, has been skiing since he was six years old, cutting his teeth at the Andover Outing Club.

He says while competing in his first Olympics will be thrilling, he won’t be satisfied until he has the ultimate prize.

“Well, obviously, like everyone’s goal, is Olympic gold.”