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Jessica Jerome flips for felines

Updated: January 9, 2014, 8:43 PM ET
By Cristina Goyanes | Special to espnW

No matter how high and how far Jessica Jerome launches her 5-foot-5, 119-pound frame off the hill into the crisp mountain air, the ski jumper always lands on her feet, er, skis.

Perhaps it's this cat-like reflex that bonds her to her feline friends.

"This is ridiculous, but a few years ago, when I was going through a tough breakup, I would go to an animal adoption center multiple times a week and just play with kittens. It made me so happy," Jerome said.

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