Four Team USA Jump Rope National Team members from Idaho Falls, Idaho, demonstrated their skills in Ed Robson Arena on Friday, Sept. 2 ahead of the 2023 World Jump Rope Championship to be held July 16-23 in Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA.
The athletes – Seth Ingram, a five-time world champion, Hailee Ward, Alix Beattie and Preston Ballard – will also perform at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 4 at the Labor Day Liftoff in Memorial Park. Their demonstration will give attendees an up-close look at the dynamic performances coming to Robson Arena this summer.
“We are very proud to welcome the World Jump Rope Championship to Colorado Springs – Olympic City USA,” said Mayor John Suthers who joined International Jump Rope Union President Shaun Hamilton and other local leaders including Lesley Irvine, Colorado College athletic director; Megan Leatham, Colorado Springs Sports Corporation president and CEO; and Doug Price, Visit COS president & CEO at Friday’s event. “I am in awe of the level of talent that these incredible athletes have, and this is going to be an event you won’t want to miss.”
The championship will feature 3,000 participants, including athletes, coaches and officials, from more than 30 countries. Championship events include a Double Dutch contest, urban culture fuses with acrobatics, dance and music; Single Rope and Double Dutch Speed, the fastest jumpers alive; and single rope and Double Dutch Freestyle, acrobatics with skill combinations.
Robson Arena, home to the Colorado College Ice Hockey Team, is one of five City for Champions projects in Colorado Springs. Others include the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum, the Hybl Sports Medicine and Performance Center on the University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus, Weidner Field, home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, and a new U.S. Air Force Academy Visitor Center which is currently under construction.