Two more Idahoans on the road to Sochi

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Two more Idahoans on the road to Sochi

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by Mark Johnson

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Posted on January 21, 2014 at 8:51 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 21 at 9:11 PM

SUN VALLEY -- The list of Idaho Olympians is getting longer as two more Gem State stars will be headed to Russia.
 
Monday morning, Sun Valley slalom skier Jasmine Campbell got the phone call she was hoping for.
 
Born in the U.S. Virgin Islands, her family moved to Sun Valley when she was 10 and soon became a world class skier.
 
Monday the territory where she was born named her as their one and only winter Olympian.
 
"I nearly jumped out of my skin," said Campbell. "I did a few laps around the house with my dogs, called my grandparents and a bunch of other people and thanked them because you can't do something like this alone. It was a huge moment. It's pretty indescribable actually because it's such an overwhelming honor and privilege.  I hope going forward with this I make my countrymen proud, and I have to go back soon."
 
Campbell is following in her father's "trail." John Campbell also skied in the Olympics for the Virgin Islands team in 1992.  Jasmine will carry the Virgin Island flag in opening ceremonies.
 
Rigby's Jessika Jenson has also punched her ticket to Sochi on the U.S. Snowboard Team. She learned to board at Kelly Canyon Ski Resort in Ririe in eastern Idaho and will compete in the first ever Olympic slope style event.
 
At 23 years old, Jenson's been doing this for 13 years.
 
The addition of these two Idahoans brings our total number headed to the Olympics to 10 with the U.S. Ski Team yet to be announced with hopes that Middleton's Erik Fisher and Eagle's Haley Duke will be on the team.

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