Colorado Springs will be hopping next year when it plays host to the 2023 World Jump Rope Championships. The event will bring to town 3,000 athletes, coaches and officials from more than 30 countries in a combination of the World Championships, as well as the International Open Tournament and the Junior World Championships. It all gets jumping July 16-23, 2023, with the finals for the World Championship event July 22-23, 2023.
“We’re incredibly excited to bring the premiere jump rope event in the world to Colorado Springs,” said Shaun Hamilton, president of the International Jump Rope Union (IJRU), in a press release. “The city has a rich tradition of Olympic and Paralympic sporting events and is one of the global hubs of the Olympic and Paralympic movement. This the perfect location as we welcome our jump rope community back together and continue our journey to future inclusion on the Olympic and Paralympic program.”
“We are thrilled to have been selected as the host city for the World Jump Rope Championships, and to have the opportunity to welcome athletes from around the world to Olympic City USA. This event is proof of concept for the City for Champions vision, which aims to stimulate our sports tourism economy by equipping the city to host international events like this one,” said Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “Our thanks to the International Jump Rope Union for selecting Colorado Springs for this exciting event.”
According to the IJRU, the sport of jump rope is one of the most accessible, diverse and economical sports for participation. All you need is a rope and a small space, so costs are low. The IJRU says the eco-friendly sport is growing with national governing bodies in 62 countries. The World Championship event will drive added interest in the sport in the U.S. and the world.
Featured events at the 2023 World Jump Rope Championships will include:
- Double Dutch Contest – urban culture fuses with acrobatics, dance and music
- Single Rope and Double Dutch Speed – the fastest jumpers alive
- Single Rope and Double Dutch Freestyle – acrobatics with unlimited skill combinations and endurance
The final rounds, and some preliminary action, will be held at the new Ed Robson Arena on the Colorado College campus, marking the first major international event to be slated for the multipurpose space. Robson Arena seats 3,400 spectators and is a cornerstone of the Colorado Springs City for Champions initiative. Practice and preliminary rounds will also be held at the El Pomar Sports Center at Colorado College.
“We are thrilled for the opportunity to host the World Jump Rope Championships in Robson Arena,” said Lesley Irvine, vice president and director of athletics for Colorado College. “It’s so energizing to see the vision for the arena come to life as we serve and build community while collaborating with key partners such as the Sports Corp and city leadership. We can’t wait to welcome these talented athletes to campus in the summer of 2023!”
The event will take place in partnership with the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “The World Jump Rope Championships highlight Colorado Springs on a global stage,” said Megan Leatham, CEO of the Colorado Springs Sports Corporation. “The passion of this community for sports, along with the foundation created by the City for Champions project, will make this the perfect home for this world-class event.”
This will be the first time Colorado Springs has hosted the World Jump Rope Championships. Previous sites of the World Championships include Oslofjord (near Oslo), Norway in 2019 and Shanghai, China, and Orlando, Florida (USA) in 2018. Two events were held that year as two organizations eventually merged to form the IJRU, the international federation for the sport of jump. The 2021 World Jump Rope Championships were held virtually due to the pandemic.
For more information on the International Jump Rope Union, visit www.ijru.sport.