Area native Nita Englund set to jump for Gold in South Korea

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FLORENCE, Wisc. (WLUC) - Born in Iron Mountain, Michigan and raised in Florence, Wisconsin, area native Nita Englund will be taking her place on the world stage in Pyeongchang, South Korea as she ski jumps for the U.S.A. in the upcoming Winter Olympics.

On Wednesday afternoon a pep rally was held for Nita at Florence High School.

Nita's parent Julia and John were there representing their daughter who was already in South Korea.

"It's incredible" said John. "From Florence and Spread Eagle, there's never been anything like it."

"It's amazing. I just didn't expect what it turned out to be. It's heartwarming" said Julia.

The school presented Nita's parents with a banner made at the school
that Julia will take to Nita when she goes to watch her daughter compete.

Among the speakers at the rally was Karen Harrsion who coached Nita while she was in school.

Harrison read a letter written by Nita to her hometown and supporters.

"First i want to thank all of you for coming today and supporting me. It's been a life long goal to be here representing the United States, Florence and the U.P."

Englund will be one of three women jumping for the U.S. in these Olympics. There are 244 athletes on the entire U.S. Team.

One of the things that was repeatedly referenced was Nita's grit and determination. While she is a gifted athlete, ski jumping didn't come naturally for her.

Nita's mother used a word, that is very familiar to most U.P. residents, to describe her daughter.

"I don't know if you're familiar with the Finnish term sisu? That's Nita. That's a lot of her. She's not Finnish. But sisu, yeah, that's her."

Harrison finished reading Nita's letter.

"I may be travelling the world right now but my heart is always in Florence with my friends and family."

And I think it's safe to say that the hearts of Florence and the U.P. will be with Nita as she takes to the sky on February 12th.

Good luck Nita.