Winter sports took up a majority of my Twitter feed on Wednesday morning as the Olympic community celebrated the countdown to Pyeongchang 2018 reaching one year. Winter sports are center stage again for this week’s Medal Stand column, which will be the last one for a while with upcoming high school winter sports state tournaments.
The Medal Stand: One year away
Hard to believe, but Wednesday marked one year from the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Korea.
The whirlwind schedule for 2014 U.S. Olympian and 2009 Rigby graduate Jessika Jenson continues this week at a FIS World Cup stop in Quebec City, Canada. Fresh off competing at last week’s Olympic qualifier for slopestyle at Mammoth Mountain, Calif., where she placed seventh, Jenson begins competition at Quebec City today with big air qualifiers. Slopestyle qualifiers are Friday with finals on Sunday and big air finals are scheduled for Saturday. As of Wednesday, Jenson is 21st in the FIS women’s snowboard overall rankings and 19th in women’s snowboard big air rankings.
The Medal Stand column will be on hiatus for the near future to accommodate state tournament coverage for high school winter sports.
Coming up locally
Kelly Canyon Resort hosts a boardercross race at 2 p.m. Saturday. The event is sponsored by Idaho Mountain Trading.
The 39th Simplot Games take place February 16-18 at Idaho State University’s Holt Arena. Per the event’s Twitter account, athletes from three nations are anticipated to participate in the annual indoor track meet. Idaho State alumnus and 2000 Olympic pole vault champion Stacy Dragila, three-time Olympic triple jumper Willie Banks and Olympic champion hurdler Andre Phillips will also be among the guest athletes present at the meet. Boise native and three-time Olympic champion cyclist Kristin Armstrong will be guest speaker for the Breakfast with Fosbury and Friends event on Feb. 17. Per the Simplot Games’ official website, RunnerSpace.com will provide video from the Games.