EAU CLAIRE (WEAU)- Two days of spectacular ski jumping competition begins Friday night in Eau Claire. The 128th Silver Mine Invitational and for decades, ski jumping has been in the blood of the Mattoon family. SportScene 13's Justus Cleveland has more.
For Nick and Nate Mattoon, jumping at Silver Mine runs in the family. The two Eau Claire jumpers will take the sky this weekend, with Nick being the defending long standing jump champion, "It's fun, I have a little brother who is jumping up where I am on the 90 meter hill and I have a little sister who is on the smaller hill still but it is very fun to jump with them."
Nate agrees, "We compete sometimes, he always beats me, but it is always fun because when we are up there he just motivates me and kind of talks me up so I can do the best that I can"
Being able to compete at their home ski jump makes it a special weekend for the two Mattoon brothers.
"The crowd is amazing, all the fans that come out , all the family and friends, it's just a good atmosphere to jump in."
"The hill is one of the best hills that I have jumped, especially the track. We have like six crew members who have worked on Olympic hills, so the tracks and the landing hill are just perfect and they are really fun to jump."
Fellow Eau Claire Ski Club Members Emilee Anderson and Adam Loomis competed in this years Olympic trials. That's a path that Nick and Nate hope to follow themselves.
Nick says, "Well, I am shooting for the Olympics in 2018 and I would also like to make the World Cup in the next couple years and jump internationally more often"
Adds Nate, "Right now my goal is to keep jumping and improving and hopefully going to Europe. In the long run obviously going to the Olympics."