Ski jumping wonderland

Veteran ski jumper Lindsey Van was one of three women named Wednesday to the 2014 U.S. Olympic team. Van, 29, was the first women’s ski jumping world champion, in 2009, and will now be a part of the sport’s Olympic debut on the women’s side in Sochi. She shows us her photos from the recent World Cups in Sapporo and Zao, Japan, two competitions used to help decide the Olympic roster.

Fellow ski jumper Sara Takanashi of Japan, with me at the airport as we head to the World Cup. She’s won eight pf the nine World Cup titles this season so far!

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This is the bib ceremony where we received our start numbers for the Sapporo World Cup competition. So many fans came to watch, and it's fun to see such support of ski jumping in Japan.

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Team sushi in Sapporo. Some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. This tuna was delightful.

Lindsey Van

The streets of Sapporo were full of snow -- it was snowing on and off all week. It looked like a winter wonderland.

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Here, fans are waving to the bus as we head back to the hotel after the competition. They watched for hours -- in a blizzard. I ended up fifth overall, and was proud to climb up from the 14th spot after the first round.

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We headed to the next World Cups in Zao, Japan. This was our new jumping hill in Zao, on a perfect winter day.

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Downtown Yamagata -- near Zao -- on a walk.

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Zao has some great skiing. Looks nice; I should have taken some turns on my jump skis!

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