Eau Claire ski jumper looks to qualify for Olympics

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Nick Mattoon, an Eau Claire Memorial grad, will be competing in the Nordic Combined and Ski Jumping U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Park City, Utah on New Year’s Eve.

Mattoon has jumped in the Silver Mine Invitational here in Eau Claire since he was 11 and has been competing internationally this year to gear up for the trials. The trials will be right here on WEAU 13 News on New Year’s Eve. SportScene 13’s Neil Hebert caught up with Mattoon, who’s already in Park City training, Friday afternoon says he’s been training for this moment since he was a kid and that he’ll be ready to compete.

"Amazing. It's a dream I've been fighting for since I was 10 years old,” Mattoon said. “It would mean a lot to me and a lot to my family I think. Hopefully, a lot to Eau Claire. Regardless if I make it or not, I know that I'm doing everything I can to get there. It's not always about the results, but it's about the journey going there and I've had one heck of a journey. I'm hoping both myself and the Loomis brothers can really represent well for Eau Claire."

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