Sister ski jumpers took leap into sport, will compete at Norge Saturday – Chicago Tribune

Carrie Krueger took one look at the giant wooden ski jump near her home in the Chicago suburbs and said, “What kind of parent would let their kid on that?”

Her kid, Hope, had a different reaction. She was enthralled by the children she saw leaping off the jump and soaring through the air. “I saw it and I realized, this is my sport,” she said. “I can do this.”

As an African-American who faced serious health problems at birth, was given up by her birth parents and whose adoptive family had no connection to the traditionally Nordic and male-dominated sport, Hope Krueger is not a typical ski jumper.

But at age 13, Hope represents the latest generation of athletes pursuing Olympic dreams in an often-forgotten sport.


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