Park City fourth grader Zia Terry has officially landed.
After posting headcam footage from her first ski jump on YouTube, the 10-year-old girl's 40-meter leap went viral with over 1.3 million views. Zia earned a name for herself online and with some of the top U.S. women ski jumpers.
The No. 1-ranked U.S. Women’s Ski Jumping Team met Zia on Thursday, March 22 when they dubbed her an “Honorary Junior Team Member." They also gave her a Women’s Ski Jumping USA certificate, team jacket, signed competition bib, Ready To Fly DVD and signed posters.
“We just want to thank Zia for bringing worldwide attention to girls who ski jump,” said Jessica Jerome, an eight-time national champion and the ninth-ranked ski jumper in the world.
Zia was excited to meet her team. “This is so cool. I love this. I love ski jumping,” said Zia. She even gave the crowd a taste of why she loves ski jumping when she explained, "Because you can fly in the air without an engine.”
Zia dreams of becoming an Olympian, and she could finally get the chance in women's ski jumping. The sport used to be the only Winter Games event that did not have a Women's event. However, the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games will mark that change.