The Medal Stand returns in today’s Post Register after a near three-week hiatus to accompany season previews for the start of prep fall sports. Fall is still two weeks away, but winter is very much here for the U.S. Snowboarding team. Rigby’s Jessika Jenson just competed in New Zealand at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort.
The Medal Stand: Jenson begins final push for 2018 spot
By MARLOWE HEREFORD
Hard to believe, but the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are five months and two days away.
Summer has ended and the 2017-18 snowboarding season has begun for Rigby’s Jessika Jenson, who left August 26 for New Zealand with other members of the U.S. Snowboarding team. Her 2014 U.S. Olympic teammate Jamie Anderson won women’s slopestyle at Winter Games New Zealand at Cardrona Alpine Ski Resort on Sunday with 85.78 total points. Hailey Langland placed 10th with 24.41 and Jenson was 12th with 68.50.
Langland and Anderson were among the 10 women to advance to Sunday’s finals from Saturday’s qualifications.
Jenson posts updates from her travels, training and competitions on Twitter (@jessika_jenson), Instagram (@jessikajenson) and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JessikaJensonSnowboarder/
Coming up locally
The 35th annual LoToJa Classic begins Saturday in Logan, Utah, and ending in Jackson Hole, Wyo. It is the longest one-day USA Cycling sanctioned bicycle race in the nation, covering 206 miles with an elevation gain of approximately 9,000 feet.
The annual Fallen Heroes Tribute Run 10k and 5k takes place at 9 a.m. Saturday at Snake River Landing in Idaho Falls. A 9/11 Memorial Walk will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will continue until all 403 firefighters, EMS responders and firefighters who died on Sept. 11, 2001, are recognized by completing one mile for each name.
The annual Salmon Marathon is scheduled for Saturday. The marathon begins at 6:45 a.m. and the half marathon begins at 7:15 a.m.
Team USA Update
Nearly five months after making her marathon debut at the Boston Marathon, Jordan Hasay won the USA Track and Field 20k championship women’s title in one hour, six minutes, 35 seconds Monday in New Haven, Conn. Galen Rupp won a tightly contested men’s race in 59 minutes, four seconds. One second separated him from second place finisher Leonard Korir and 12 seconds separated him from third place finisher Sam Chelanga.
The International Olympic Committee meets one week from today in Lima, Peru, where Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo and Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti will sign their Host City Contracts to make official what was determined in July: that the 2024 and 2028 Summer Olympics will be awarded simultaneously.