Fearless 9-year-old Skier Becomes Web Star

March 19, 2012 by staff 

Fearless 9-year-old Skier Becomes Web Star, The latest viral video making its way around the Internet is inspiring people all over the world. Here’s the scene: a 9-year-old fourth-grader is standing at the top of a steep ski hill preparing to take her first ski jump by going down the hill and then launching into the air. She is wearing a helmet cam that records what she is experiencing as she works up the nerve to take the jump.

You can hear her father dispensing words of encouragement and technical advice about how to approach the jump, and you can hear her voice tremble as she decides to go through with it. She says, “Here . . . goes . . . something,” when she finally decides to take off.

After she skis down the hill and launches off the ramp, the pure elation, joy, and relief she feels at the bottom is palpable. She lets out a big “yeah” as she is enjoying the feeling of accomplishment. People on the Web are calling the video “inspirational” and “extremely brave.”

Ski jumping is an Olympic event that dates to the 1920s. However, only men have been able to compete in the event. That will change with the 2014 Winter Games in Russia. On April 6, 2011, the International Olympic Committee officially accepted women’s ski jumping into the program.

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