Jessica Jerome at home with history

Updated: June 24, 2014, 9:41 AM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford | espnW.com

PARK CITY, Utah -- Nearly 20 years went into the roughly 20 seconds it took Jessica Jerome to write her name on a previously blank slate as the first U.S. woman to be named to an Olympic ski jumping team, a signature she punctuated Sunday with a neat sideways spray of snow at the end of the landing area.

Jerome's saga started in a kitchen a few miles away, where she cajoled her parents into letting her enroll in an after-school learn-to-jump program when she ...

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