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'I Want to Jump': Growing Olympic Ski Jumpers Starts Young

Julia Lindquist, 4, center, heads down the 5-meter ski jump as Erik Bakk-Hansen monitors the start of the kids practicing Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, Ill. With the fearlessness befitting a 4-year-old, she shuffled her skis to the top of the 5-meter hill (16.4 feet) in between two wood posts and nudged herself down the run. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Julia Lindquist, 4, center, heads down the 5-meter ski jump as Erik Bakk-Hansen monitors the start of the kids practicing Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2022, at the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, Ill. With the fearlessness befitting a 4-year-old, she shuffled her skis to the top of the 5-meter hill (16.4 feet) in between two wood posts and nudged herself down the run. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Fox River Grove, Ill. (AP) -- Julia Lindquist sat on a bench and patiently waited for her turn at ski jumping practice, all decked out in a red, white and blue jumpsuit with stars on her tiny torso and bars across her arms.

With the fearlessness befitting a 4-year-old, she shuffled her skis to the top of the 5-meter hill (16.4 feet) and nudged herself down the run. She led with her helmet and leaned over her skis as she threw her hands back, caught a little air and made a smooth landing.