Taylor Henrich feature on Olympic.ca

April 30th, 2015

Reblogged: Jessica Barrett From Canadian Olympic Foundation www.olympic.ca

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Taylor Henrich will always have her place in women’s Olympic ski jumping history. On February 11, 2014, the then 18 year old took the first run, becoming the first woman to compete in the sport at that level. It’s a unique claim to fame, but the Calgary, Alberta native doesn’t consider herself to be a pioneer in the sport.

“I feel like we (class of Sochi 2014) got the recognition for being the first female Olympians in our sport, but there were a tremendous amount of women who fought to make the sport competitive for many years,” said Taylor.

“The true pioneers are the ladies who were jumping years before I even started, for example Canadian jumpers Katie Willlis, Nata De Leeuw and Zoya Lynch, American jumpers Karla Keck, Jessica Jerome, Lindsey Van, Anette Sagen from Norway, Daniela Iraschko from Austria and Ulrike Grässler from Germany. These are the women who really brought women’s ski jumping to the world’s attention.”

Taylor finished 13th in the women’s individual normal hill event at the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

Women’s ski jumping has seen a major shift in momentum over the past couple of years. Unfortunately in Canada, the funding hasn’t followed this trend.

“In Canada, we train in relative obscurity. We really rely on our parents, coaches, a few select sponsors and a group of dedicated volunteers to provide us with support.”

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