My last column for the next two weeks highlights the latest stop for Jessika Jenson, who competes in an event that is the first of its kind at a unique venue today.
*UPDATE*Jenson was one of six women to advance to tonight’s women’s big air snowboard finals at Fenway. Competition begins at 8:30 p.m. Eastern.
The Medal Stand: Jenson competes at Big Air Fenway today
The countdown for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, reached two years Tuesday. Fittingly, eastern Idaho’s first winter Olympian in 50 years is participating in an event this week that will make its debut at the 2018 Olympics.
Rigby snowboarder Jessika Jenson is one of several members of Team USA to compete in the Polartec Big Air skiing and snowboarding event beginning today and continuing through Friday at Fenway Park om Boston. Construction on the jump began in mid-January for the event. Per her Instagram account and text message correspondence with the Post Register, Jenson arrived in Boston earlier this week and practiced Wednesday with her U.S. teammates. Devin Logan, Jamie Anderson, Ty Walker, Gus Kenworthy, Keri Herman and Sage Kotsenburg are among the athletes competing.
Big news pertaining to one of the area’s oldest marathons was shared Wednesday. Ryan and Sara Hall will be at the Mesa Falls Marathon in Ashton, which commemorates its 20th anniversary in September. A two-time Olympian who recorded a 2:04:58 Boston Marathon time in 2011, Ryan Hall announced his retirement from competition Jan. 15. Sara Hall is also a professional runner.
This column will be on hiatus next week to accommodate coverage of the girls basketball state tournament and boys basketball and wrestling district tournaments.
The Rexburg Cupid Cup Nordic ski races are scheduled for Saturday at the Teton Lakes Nordic ski trails. There will be three distances: 10k for adults (skate and classic divisions), 5k for juniors and 1-2k for kids. No entry fee is required, but the event is a fundraiser for the Rexburg Youth XC Club and donations are accepted. Additional information is available at rexburgski.blogsplot.com.
The Jackson Hole Winterfest begins Saturday and continues through Feb. 22. Various events are scheduled throughout Jackson, including ski workshops, concerts and the JH Ski and Snowboard Club Series at Snow King Resort.
Team USA updates
Teenage halfpipe snowboarder Chloe Kim, who garnered much attention in 2015 upon becoming the youngest athlete to win gold at X Games, had her latest milestone over the weekend at the Park City stop of the Grand Prix. The 15-year-old became the first female snowboarder to land back-to-back 1080s in competition on Saturday as part of a perfect score of 100. It was the second win within a week for Kim, who defended her X Games superpipe gold Jan. 31.
The Lillehammer 2016 Youth Olympic Winter Games begin Friday and continue through February 21 in Lillehammer, Norway. They are the fourth edition of the Youth Olympics, which debuted in 2010 with the Summer Games.