I examined ski jumping in Iron Mountain, Michigan leading up to the Bellin Health Pine Mountain Continental Ski Jumping Competition held last weekend (February 6th through the 9th) in this episode of The Maino Project on NBC26.
With a little more push and a little more luck, some of these jumpers would have been in Sochi right now. For some U.S. jumpers, it came down to a matter of a few points. So if you've trained for almost 4 years and don't make the Winter Games, you still take on international competition, it just happens to be in the U.P.
Interesting to note that the U.S. record is still held at Pine Mountain Ski Jump where 20,000 spectators watch the competition each year. Last weekend, Slovenia dominated the 2014 event. Oh, and the most interesting thing I learned doing this story was that "Fat Doesn't Fly". Watch the video to see what I'm talking about.
Haven't been there? Get oriented with the event in this 2012 aerial view...