The landmark ski jump in at Hyland Park in Bloomington will host an international field of ski jumpers hot off the plane from Norway, Finland, Slovenia and all over the U.S.


BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - You don't have to travel to Sochi next month to see top-notch athletes go head-to-head.

Elite ski jumpers from around the world will be in Bloomington on Wednesday, January 22 to compete in the International Ski Jumping Competition, a part of the US Cup series.

Athletes will be soaring up to 300 feet, at the Bush Lake Ski Jump in Hyland Park. The jump is 70 meters high.

Some of the athletes involved have traveled from Finland, Slovenia and Norway. Ski jumpers from across the country will also take part in the competition, where winners will be awarded with trophies and cash prizes.

According to event coordinator, Chris Broz, of the Minneapolis Ski Club, "we're going to have former Olympians and future Olympians here. It's a great thing for Minnesota to be able to showcase this event."

Patrick Kruegel, a native of Switzerland who has been living in Minnesota since the 1990's, will compete on Wednesday. "We train a lot for this day, we put a lot of hard work into it. It's a great event that brings people together. It's a wonderful sport for people to check out, and it's all happening right here in Bloomington," said Kruegel.

Doors open at 6 p.m., and the event begins at 7 p.m.. Tickets for adults and teenagers are $10. Children are free.

There will be heated indoor areas available for guests.

If you wish to watch the competition from your car, parking will be limited. Organizers suggest that drivers arrive early.

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