Eau Claire resident Landon Lee, pictured above in both photos, who is the grandson of  Chetek/Cameron residents Jerome Miller and Carolyn Lilly, was selected to represent Team USA during the Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Thursday, Jan. 16, through Wednesday, Jan. 22. The 17-year-old junior from North High School in Eau Claire is one of two male ski jumpers representing the U.S. at the Youth Olympic Games, which are held every four years, just like the adult Olympic Winter Games. Lee has spent many summer weekends in Chetek fishing with his grandfather. He started ski jumping at the age of 6 at the Mount Washington ski jumping complex in Eau Claire. Lee’s parents are Sharon Lee and Dennis Lee, both of Eau Claire. He also has two brothers: his older brother, Jason, who is not a ski jumper, and a younger brother, Carter, 15, who also ski jumps with Landon—they will be cheering on Landon in Switzerland. Landon is a member of the Junior National Ski Jumping Team and has competed internationally in FIS cups.  He spent a month in August 2019, along with a few weeks in December 2019, in Europe with the Junior National Ski Jumping Team competing in Norway, Slovania, Czech Republic and Germany. After the Youth Olympics, Landon will stay in Europe and compete in two FIS competitions before returning home on Monday, Feb. 3. “I am really looking forward to the Youth Olympic Games. I am excited to see and meet all the top athletes around my age, in every discipline, in the world. I feel the games will be a valuable growing experience for me and my fellow Team USA athletes.” An interesting sidenote is that Cameron High School started a ski jumping club a few years ago, so interested youths in the Chetek and Cameron area can experiment with the sport.

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