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FIS Continental Cup Series Comes to USA Feb 25-26  120 meter hill is the size of the larger jump at Olympic venues Once each year, the FIS Continental Cup series makes an appearance in the US, at Iron Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (100 miles north of Green Bay).  It’s a huge hill, and attracts teams from a dozen or more countries where ski jumping is a major sport. It will also feature top American competitors.                               More info at  www.kiwanisskiclub.com Casey Larson 28th in Planica SLO Continental Cup Feb 19  Pair of Slovenians take 1st & 2nd on home hill, Larson 28th    Results:  Sun 2/19 In the final Continental Cup (COC), Casey  Larson of the USA made it into the final round with jumps of 128 and 122.5 meters, earning 201.1 points.  The winner, Tilen Bartol, scored 274.3 points on a pair of 138M flights.  Bor Pavlovic was 2nd, and Germany’s Constantin Schmid 3rd. Nita Englund 7th, Abby Ringquist 12th in Olympic Venue Feb 15 Tara Geraghty-Moats 27th, Nina Lussi 29th     Results:  Wed 2/15  In the first of two days billed as a preview of the 2018 Olympic venue in Pyeong Chang KOR, a pair of Japanese jumpers took top honors, with Yuki Ito the winner and Sara Takanashi 2nd, with Ema Klinec of Slovenia 3rd.  Nita Englund once again led the Americans, finishing 7th, while Abby Ringquist hit a season-best 12th.  Tara Geraghty-Moats and Nina Lussi were 27th and 29th, respectively.  The field was smaller than usual; many teams were training for the upcoming FIS World Championships in Lahti FIN. Iron Mountain MI Hosts FIS Continental Cup Series Feb 25-26  120 meter hill is the size of the larger of two jumps at Olympic venues Once each year, the FIS Continental Cup series makes an appearance in the US, at Iron Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It’s a huge hill, and always attracts teams from more than a dozen countries where ski jumping is a major sport.  It also features the top American competitors, and last year’s Saturday event was won by Michael Glasder, the first American to win there in 30 years.  For more info, visit  www.kiwanisskiclub.com Nita Englund 12th & 13th in Ljubno World Cup Feb 11-12 Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th &18th, Abby Ringquist 22nd      Results:  Sat 2/11  Sun 2/12   Maren Lundby of Norway won the Women’ World Cup in Ljubno SLO on Saturday Feb 11, scoring 256.7 points with distances of 92.5 and 95 meters.  Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was 2nd, and Germany’s Katharina Althaus 3rd.  Nita Englund led the Americans in 12th place, with Abby Ringquist 22nd and Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th. Germany swept the podium on Sunday.  The winner was Althaus (249 points, 92.5M, 90M); Carina Vogt was 2nd and Svenja Wuerth 3rd.  Englund again led the Americans in 13th; Geraghty-Moats cracked the top 20 in 18th, and Ringquist scored another 22nd. Poland Takes Two Wins in Sapporo Men’s World Cup Feb 11-12 Maciej Kot wins Saturday, Maciej Kot wins Sunday              Results:  Sat 2/11   Sun 2/12  Poland’s Maciej Kot took the top spot on the first day of Men’s World Cup in Sapporo, earning 260.2 points on jumps of 139 and 138 meters.  Peter Prevc of Slovenia was 2nd and Stefan Kraft of Austria finished 3rd.  Kevin Bickner (USA) placed 21st and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) was 28th.  Mike Glasder (USA) finished 32nd. On Sunday, Kamil Stoch, also of Poland, was the winner (262.7 points, 137.5M, 140M) ahead of Germany’s Andreas Wellinger and Austria’s Stefan Kraft.  A pair of Americans made the final round of 30, Kevin Bickner in 27th place and Michael Glasder 29th. Midwest 5 Hills Series Finale in Fox River Grove IL Feb 11-12 It’s a mini-series within the national US Cup series    USANordic press release  The series kicked off in Minneapolis on Jan 25 (Wed eve), followed by Eau Claire WI  Jan 27-28, Ishpeming MI Jan 31, and Westby WI Feb 3-4.   5 Hills Series Venue & Date          Results    Minneapolis   Jan 25   Wed  Women & Men    Eau Claire WI  Jan 27-28   Fri    W M   Sat  W M      Ishpeming MI   Jan 31   Tue    Men    Westby WI    Feb 03-04   Fri    Men   Sat  Men     Fox Riv Grv IL Feb 11-12    Sat   small hills   K70     Sun  K70        Bickner 24th & 26th, Glasder 30th in Oberstdorf WC  Feb 4-5 Kraft Wins & Wellinger 2nd both days     Results:  Sat 2/4   Sun 2/5 Austria’s Stefan Kraft was the winner on the first day of ski flying in Oberstdorf GER.  Andreas Wellinger (GER) was 2nd, and Kamil Stoch (POL) 3rd.  For the USA, Kevin Bickner finished 24th, Mike Glasder 30th, and William Rhoads 35th.  Bickner set a personal best of 218.5 meters in Sunday’s qualifying session. Sunday’s competition was held to one round because of wind.  Kraft & Wellinger took the top two spots again, with Slovenia’s Jurij Tepes 3rd.  Bickner grabbed another 24th, Glasder was 36th, and Rhoads 40th. US Women 11th, 14th, 18th & 27th in Hinzenbach World Cup  Englund, Hendrickson, Ringquist, Geraghty-Moats score points   Results:  Sat 2/4   Sun 2/5 Japan’s Sara Takanashi earned another World Cup win Saturday in Hinzenbach GER, with a total of 242.1 points on jumps of 87.5 and 91 meters.  Four Americans who have been scoring World Cup points recently all managed to do so again.  Nita Englund had the top US result, 11th.  Sarah Hendrickson finished 14th, Abby Ringquist 18th, and Tara Geraghty-Moats 27th. On Sunday, it was another win for Takanashi, with Germany’s Olympic gold medalist 2nd, and Norway’s Maren Lundby 3rd.  Once again all four Americans were in the points, having made the cut to the final round of 30.  Hendrickson was 17th, Ringquist 21st, Englund 25th, and Geraghty-Moats 26th.    Nick Mattoon 16th & 22nd in Erzurum Continental Cup Feb 4-5  Beautiful facility in Turkey rebuilt after earthquake      Results:  Sat 2/4  Sun 2/5 Slovenia’s Nejc Dezman and Jaka Hvala took first and second places both days in Erzurum.    Italy’s Sebastian Colloredo was third on Saturday, and Rok Justin took third for a Slovenian sweep on Sunday.  Nick Mattoon of the US had a good weekend, finishing 16th on Saturday and 22nd on Sunday. FIS Junior World Championships ... Park City Jan 30 - Feb 5 World’s best young jumpers & NCers, M & F, in individual and team competition Utah Olympic Park will host the 2017Junior Nordic World Championships beginning Jan 30.  This encompasses ski jumping and Nordic combined.  US ski jumping team tryouts were held recently, and ten athletes, five men and five women, were named to represent the US in ski jumping.  See full details in article on USSA website.  Also from USSA, see a nice article on Anna Hoffman, top US girl on the WJC squad.  There will be individual and team jumping competitions for both men and women, and a mixed-team comp also.            INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION RESULTS:   Wednesday    2/1 ... Women   Men               TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS:   Friday          2/3 ... Women   Men             MIXED TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS:   Sunday         2/5 ... Mixed 2W, 2M   Women’s World Cup in Rasnov Roumania Jan 28-29 Four Americans in final round both days           Results:  Sat 1/28   Sun 1/29 Norway’s Maren Lundby won on Saturday, scoring 259 points on flights of 97 & 99 meters. Japan’s Sara Takanashi was 2nd (249, 93/98), teammate Yuki Ito 3rd (238.5, 91/93.5).  USA’s  Nita Englund placed 11th (222.1, 91/90), Sarah Hendrickson 14th (216.1, 89.5/90.5), Abby Ringquist 22nd (197.3, 82.5/85.5), and Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th (189.4, 80.5/84.5).  Takanashi took the top spot on Sunday, with 247.3 points on distances of 96 & 97.5 meters. Lundby finished (241.9, 95.5/93), and Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz 3rd (235.4, 93/94).  Hendrickson landed in 10th (208.2, 89/89), Englund 13th (205.2, 85.5/88), Ringquist 20th (188.9, 82.5/86.5), and Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th (176.5, 83.5/79).  Men’s Continental Cup in Bischofshofen AUT Jan 28-29 Boyd-Clowes 4th, Glasder 11th, Rhoads 19th Sunday     Results:  Sat 1/28  Sun 1/29 Clemens Aigner of Austria won on Saturday with 296.5 points on a pair of identical jumps of 139.5 meters on the first day of Continental Cup action in Bischofshofen AUT.  The Czech Republic’s Tomas Vancura (267.8, 137/137.5) was 2nd and multiple Olympic gold medalist Simon Ammann of Switzerland {282.6, 140/138) placed 3rd.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (251.4, 129.5/127.5) finished 11th, and USA’s William Rhoads (246.5, 125/128.5) was 15th. On Sunday, Vancura was the winner (261.6 points, distances 135 and 137 meters), Ammann (259.6, 137/137.5) was 2nd, and Aigner {258.8, 132.5/138.5) took 3rd.  Boyd-Clowes (254.3, 133/136.5) finished 4th.  USA’s Michael Glasder (233.8, 129/129.5) placed 11th, and William Rhoads  (214.1, 126.5/121) took the 19th spot.    Attracting Newbies, Retaining Experience, & Growing the Sport Involved in, or interested in, growing our sport?  See “Recruit/Retain”... link at left Before the growth of participant snow sports, which took off in the 1950s, ski jumping was one of the ways to have fun in the snow, and it was a very big spectator attraction in many snowy regions of the US.  The numbers of participants have remained low for many years, but some clubs are growing again, and some which have been inactive are coming back to life.  If you are already involved in growing our sport, or have an interest in what it will take to make it happen, please click the link above left to visit our “Recruit/Retain” page. This Girl is on Fire!  Yuki Ito Wins Twice in Zao World Cup Four Americans in Saturday’s final round         Results:  Fri 1/20   Sat 1/21  It’s the second stop in Japan for the Women’s World Cup series, and on Friday Yuki Ito got her second win in six days, ahead of Italy’s Manuela Malsiner and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova.  Sara Takanashi missed the podium for the second consecutive time, this time finishing 5th. A pair of Americans, Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund, just missed the top ten in 11th and 12th, respectively.  Abby Ringquist narrowly missed the final round of 30, placing 33rd.  Tara Geraghty-Moats and Nina Lussi didn’t qualify on Thursday for Friday’s day’s comp. Ito won again on Saturday, eight-tenths of a point ahead of Takanashi.  Lundby was just five points back in third place.  Four Americans made it to the final round, with Englund finishing 14th, Hendrickson 16th, Ringquist 22nd, and Geraghty-Moats 29th.  Their next action will be in Rasnov ROU Jan 27-29.   Ito & Lundby Win Women’s World Cup Comps in Sapporo Hendrickson 13th & 12th, Englund 27th & 18th      Results:  Sat 1/14   Sun 1/15  Japan’s Yuki Ito scored her first World Cup victory Saturday in Sapporo, by a 12 point margin against her usually-dominant teammate, Sara Takanashi.  Norway’s Maren Lundby was 3rd  Americans Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund placed 13th and 27th, respectively.  Abby Ringquist qualified for the starting field of 40, but missed the final round, placing 34th. On Sunday, Lundby took the win, with Ito 2nd and Germany’s Katharina Althaus 3rd.  It was a rare occurrence, but Takanashi finished off the podium in 4th.  Among the US athletes, Hendrickson placed 12th, Englund 18th, and Tara Geraghty-Moats was 24th.  Ringquist narrowly missed the final round in 32nd, and Nina Lussi finished 38th.   Nordic Combined News ... World Cup, Continental Cup (COC) Val di Fiemme ITA World Cup        Results:  Fri 1/13   Sat 1/14 (team)   Sun 1/15  Ruka FIN Continental Cup             Results:  Sat 1/14   Sun 1/15    FasterSkier.com Blog Taylor Fletcher placed 21st in individual competition in Val di Fiemme ITA .  He and his brother Bryan placed 8th in Saturday’s 2-man team competition.  Bryan then finished 13th in Sunday’s individual competition, his best result of the season.  Also finishing for the US on Sunday were Taylor Fletcher 30th, Ben Loomis 39th, and Ben Berend 40th.  More details on FasterSkier.com blog, link above. Meanwhile, in COC action in Saturday in Ruka FIN, Americans Jasper Good and Adam Loomis placed 9th and 30th, respectively.  On Sunday, Loomis took 7th, while Good finished 14th. Takanashi Wins Twice in Women’s World Cup in Oberstdorf Hendrickson 8th Saturday, Englund 12th Sunday   Results:  Saturday 1/7   Sunday 1/8 The women’s World Cup season resumed on the large hill in Oberstdorf on Sat Jan 7.  Japan’s Sara Takanashi scored another dominant win on flights of 131 and 129 meters, finishing 13 points ahead of Russia’s Irina Avvakumova.  Takanashi’s teammate Yuki Ito was less than a point behind in 3rd.  American Sarah Hendrickson placed 8th, Nita Englund 27th, and Abby (Hughes) Ringquist 38th.   Tara Geraghty-Moats and Nina Lussi didn’t make it into the starting field of 40 based on Friday’s qualifying. On Sunday, Englund was 12th, Hendrickson 16th, and Geraghty-Moats picked up her first World Cup point by making the final round, finishing 30th.  Slovenia’s Ema Klinec placed 2nd behind Takanashi, and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova was 3rd again.   Men’s World Cup Nordic Combined ... Lahti FIN      Results:  Sat 1/7    Sun 1/8      Bryan Fletcher placed 15th Saturday and 16th Sunday in Nordic Combined action in Lahti FIN.  His teammate Ben Loomis finished 40th on Saturday.  The podium on Saturday consisted of Eric Frenzel (GER), Eero Hirvonen (FIN), and Johannes Rydzek (GER).  Sunday’s winner was Fabian Riessle (GER), followed by Frenzel and Rydzek. Loomis 5th Sunday in Nordic Combined COC in Klingenthal GER Berend 8th Fri, B Loomis 8th Sat, 5th Sun    Results:  Fri 12/16   Sat 12/17   Sun 12/18 On the first two days of Continental Cup Nordic Combined action in Klingenthal GER, it was a case of “Ben there, done that” as Ben Berend of the USA took 8th place Friday, and teammate Ben Loomis was 8th on Saturday.  Germany’s Maximilian Pfordte was Friday’s winner, and his teammate Tobias Simon took the top spot on Saturday.  Other Americans finished as follows:  on Friday it was Jasper Good 21st, Loomis 28th, Stephen Schumann 29th; on Saturday Berend placed 25th, with Good 45th. On Sunday, Loomis moved up to 5th, with Berend 15th and Good 35th.  The winner was Japan’s Go Yamamoto, followed by Austria’s Florian Dagn and Norway’s Sindre Ure Soetvik. Norway’s Lundby Turns Podium Upside-Down in Nizhny Tagil Iraschko 2nd, Takanashi 3rd, Hendrickson 14th, Englund 30th   Results:  Sat 12/10   The normal order of things in Women’s World Cup recently has been Sara Takanashi (JPN) on top, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 2nd, and somebody else 3rd.  On Saturday in Nizhny-Tagil RUS, that somebody was Norway’s Maren Lundby, who took the top spot, bumping Takanashi down to 3rd, while Iraschko-Stolz held onto 2nd place.  The USA had a pair of jumpers in the final round; Sarah Hendrickson placed 14th and Nita Englund 30th.  Tara Geraghty-Moats just missed the finals, placing 32nd. Sunday:  Takanashi wins, Iraschko 2nd, Hendrickson 10th     Results:  Sun 12/11  On Sunday, normal order returned, with Takanashi 1st, Iraschko-Stolz 2nd, and her Austrian teammate Jaci Seifriedsberger 3rd.  Lundby just missed the podium in 4th.  Hendrickson improved to 10th.  Englund placed 35th, Geraghty-Moats 38th. Masters Classes Encourage Adults to Keep Jumping! For men & women 25 years of age and up ... age brackets & hill sizes for ALL We invite you to visit the US Masters Facebook Page ... CLICK HERE for info.   Masters age classes are as follows: Pre-Master  25-29             M1  30-39    M2  40-49    M3  50-59    M4  60-69    M5  70-79                                                                             click photo to enlarge So, you WERE a ski jumper, hung ‘em up a few (or many) years ago, but still think you’d  enjoy the thrill of flight once again.  Masters Ski Jumping may be JUST WHAT YOU NEED! And Masters Ski Jumping NEEDS YOU!!!  The more, the merrier ... but you know that! Masters competitions have age classes, but you will jump on a hill that’s comfortable for your skill and experience.  You will NOT need to compete on a hill bigger than you choose.  It’s all about FUN, and we’d like YOU to think about it!  Click link above to visit the Masters FB page. We want to keep jumpers in the sport, bring old jumpers back, and bring new jumpers in.  Kevin Bickner 23rd in FIS World Cup in Klingenthal GER Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes places 12th        Results:  Sun 12/4 The USA’s Kevin Bickner put in a consistent performance on Sunday Dec 4 to finish 23rd in Men’s World Cup action in Klingenthal GER.  Fellow North American Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada placed 12th.  Slovenian youngster Domen Prevc tas the winner, followed by Daniel Andre Tande of Norway, and Stefan Kraft of Austria.  Saturday featured a team competition; Germany won, ahead of Norway and Austria.  Neither the US or Canada participated. Bryan Fletcher 9th in Klingenthal GER Nordic Combined Germany’s Eric Frenzel wins both days             Results: Sat 12/3  Sun 12/4 Nordic Combined World Cup action in Klingenthal on the first weekend of December saw another double winner, this time Germany’s Eric Frenzel. On Saturday, he was followed by a pair of Germans, last week’s winner Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Reissle.   American Taylor Fletcher placed 26th Saturday; his brother Bryan was 32nd, and their teammates Ben Loomis and Ben Berend finished 43rd and 44th, respectively. Bryan Fletcher was 9th overall on Sunday (22nd in jumping and 6th fastest in the cross-country race).  Taylor scored another 26th, with Berend 49th and Loomis 52nd.  Bjoern Kirchheisen (GER, 2nd) and Joergen Graabak (NOR, 3rd) joined Frenzel on the podium. Sarah Hendrickson 11th & 8th in Lillehammer World Cup Takanashi & Ito take top two spots both days      Results:  Fri 12/2   Sat 12/3 Japan’s Sara Takanashi stood atop the podium in the first Women’s World Cup event of the 2017 season on Friday.  Her teammate Yuki Ito and Germany’s Anna Rupprecht placed 2nd & 3rd. Sarah Hendrickson of the USA finished 11th.  Americans Nita Englund and Nina Lussi didn’t make the cut to the final round, finishing 38th and 39th, respectively. On Saturday, Hendrickson was the only American qualifier.  After just missing the top ten on Friday, she climbed into eighth place on Saturday.   She’s back in action after missing all of last season due to a knee injury.  Sarah was the 2012 World Cup series champion, and the winner of the bi-annual FIS World Championships in 2013, placing 2nd overall for the season behind Takanashi.   FIS Men’s World Cup Ski Jumping - Ruka FIN Nov 25-26 Friday’s kickoff had 8 jumpers over 300 points!   Results:  Fri 11/25  Sat 11/26 Fifty jumpers competed in Friday’s opening event of the Men’s FIS World Cup season.  The Prevc brothers from Slovenia took two of the podium spots, with Domen the winner and Peter finishing 3rd.  Germany’s Severin Freund placed 2nd.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was the best North American, just missing the final round in 32nd.  Kevin Bickner, USA, was 46th. Domen Prevc’s score of 321.8 points came on flights of 138.5 and 140.5 meters.  To put the strength of this field into perspective, ALL of the 31 jumpers in the final round scored in excess of 260 points.  A good “par” score for a good jumper, is about 240 points.  There’s a discussion of hill sizes and scoring on another page ... see link above left. Saturday’s winner was Freund, who scored 290.6 points on jumps of 146 and 138 meters.  He was followed by Norway’s Daniel Andre Tande and Austria’s Manuel Fettner.  None of the North Americans made the final round.  Boyd-Clowes was 35th, Bickner 38th, Mike Glasder (USA) 38th, and Rhoads 40th. Geraghty-Moats, Rhoads win NH Nationals in Lake Placid Tara is a first-time national champion, Will grabs his third       Results: 10/9  The NYSEF annual tournament was held on Saturday and the 2017 US Normal Hill National Championships took place on Sun Oct 9.  The women’s title went to Tara Geraghty-Moats, her first, and the men’s to William Rhoads.                  ARTICLES:   FIS   USA Nordic Note that this is a 2017 championship; most countries now hold their national championships in the fall BEFORE the winter competition season begins.  Our Large Hill Nationals were held in Park City on July 30; scroll down for details. Summer GP Series Finale in Klingenthal GER Oct 2 Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) 6th, Will Rhoads (USA) 24th     Results: Sun 10/2  The top two spots in the final event before winter was the Summer Grand Prix finale in Klingenthal GER.  Polish jumpers Maciej Kot and Kamil Stoch took the first two spots on the podium, with Slovenia’s Peter Prevc 3rd.  Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada continued to show great results, finishing 6th, and William Rhoads of USA Nordic tied for 24th with Manuel Fettner of Austria.  Kevin Bickner of USA Nordic narrowly missed the final round, placing 31st. Kevin Bickner 27th in Summer GP in Hinzenbach Oct 1 Field included 50 of best World Cup regulars     Results: Sat 10/1  USA Nordic’s Kevin Bickner continues to show strong results in ski jumping’s premier series, the Summer Grand Prix.  He made the cut to the final round of 30 on Sat Oct 1 in Hinzenbach AUT, finishing 27th.  Polish stars Maciej Kot and Dawid Kubacki took the top two spots on the podium, with World Cup champion Peter Prevc of Slovenia in 3rd.  Way to go, Kevin! William Rhoads 19th Fri, 5th Sat in Klingenthal COC Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes 5th Sat, 7th Sun     Results: Fri 9/30   Sat 10/1  William Rhoads of the USA cracked the top 20 in Klingenthal on Fri Sept 30, placing 19th in Continental Cup action.  Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada, who scored a podium finish in  3rd last weekend in Stams AUT, finished 5th.  Markus Eisenbichler of Germany took the win. On Sat Oct 1, Rhoads claimed 5th place, with Boyd-Clowes in 7th ... a pair of North Americans in the top ten!  Slovenia’s Juri Tepes was the winner.  Congratulations, Will and Mac! Mike Glasder 22nd & 23rd in Wisla COC Sept 24-25 Consistency gives uptimism looking ahead!     Results: Sat 9/24   Sun 9/25  American Mike Glasder put in solid performances back-to-back in Continental Cup action at Wisla POL recently, making the final round of 30 in a field of 59 jumpers.  He finished 22nd  on Saturday; Italy’s Davide Bresadola was the winner.  On Sunday, Glasder placed 23rd; Germany’s Markus Eisenbichler took the top spot. Nita Englund 7th & 4th in Summer GP in Russia Sept 10/11 Tara Geraghty-Moats places 13th & 15th                 Results: Sat 9/10   Sun 9/11     Japan’s Sara Takanashi took first place both days in Women’s Summer Grand Prix competition in Chaikovsky Russia Sept 10 & 11.  The USA’s Nita Englund just missed the podium on Sunday, finishing 4th, and teammate Tara Geraghty-Moats  placed 15th.  On Saturday, Nita was 7th, and Tara 13th.  Congratulations, Nita and Tara! Kevin Bickner 16th and 7th in Summer GP in Hakuba JPN 16th on Saturday, 7th Sunday Results: Sat 8/27        Results:  Sun 8/28     Kevin Bickner set the table on Saturday with a top-20 result in Summer Grand Prix action in Japan, but put on quite a show Sunday, leading after the first round with the longest flight of the day at 135 meters, and putting in a solid second jump of 118 meters to finish 7th.        > > >  Read full coverage on  USANORDIC.COM Kevin Bickner 8th in Summer GP in Einsiedeln Sat Aug 6 Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes 14th    Results: Sat 8/6     Details: USA Nordic The US Nordic program is celebrating a top-ten finish in the Summer Grand Prix, the summer equivalent of World Cup.  Kevin Bickner grabbed 8th place, and Mackenzie-Boyd Clowes of Canada, who trains with the US team, placed 14th.  Results and details at links above.   American Ski Jumping HOF 2016 Induction Held Sat Aug 6 Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong & architect Dave Solner featured speakers A large crowd gathered on a beautiful evening at the Mt Frontenac golf course south of Red Wing MN for the tenth American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame was held.  Billy Demong 2012 Olympic gold medalist, spoke about his role in the USA Nordic organization, which develops and supports the US ski jumping and Nordic Combined teams, and is dedicated to growing and supporting the sport in the USA. Dave Solner, architect and former jumper, showed and explained proposed plans for the new Olympic-sized jump to be built on the property, which is in the hills overlooking the Mississippi River.  The golf course is owned by the Prairie Island tribe, which owns the nearby Treasure Island casino.  They will be major partners in the development of this huge and spectacular new jump. More about event and new jump:  www.americanskijumping.com    National Championships to Rhoads, Jerome, T Fletcher 2017 Large-Hill titles decided at Utah Olympic Park        Results: Sat 7/30/16 Will Rhoads claimed his second consecutive national lare-hill title, and Jessica Jerome added another to her dozen previous titles.  She’s been flying on this hill for a long time ... was a forerunner at the 2002 Olympics ... when wome weren’t allowed to compete! The scoresheet (link above) will show Canada’s Taylor Henrich in 1st place in the women’s class, Jessica in 2nd; but as the top US finisher, Jess earned the US title, her thirteenth.   Cara Larson and Logan Sankey were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the US Nationals. Will Rhoads took top honors among the men, with Kevin Bickner 2nd and Casey Larson 3rd in the US title competition.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes blasted his way into 3rd overall, despite falling after landing on a flight of 139.5 meters. The Nordic Combined championship went to Taylor Fletcher, followed by Bryan Fletcher and Ben Berend (results included at the end of scoresheet via link above). A non-championship event was held on Friday on the “normal hill.”   Results: Fri 7/29/16 
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Isn’t Ski Jumping Awfully Dangerous? The PERCEPTION is that ski jumping is an extremely dangerious. sport.  The reality is far different ... learn more! ** READ ARTICLE How Do People Start Ski Jumping? Nobody just picks up a pair of skis and gives it a try.  Not on big hills, anyway.  Most jumpers start young, on very small jumps, and learn incrementally, moving gradually to larger jumps as their skills and confidence continue to develop. ** RECRUITING VIDEO Here’s a short video from a junior jumping event in St Paul MN at their annual Christmas Beginner’s Camp ... ** LITTLE KID VIDEO The following video was a 20th Century Fox Newsreel feature in about 1950. ** HISTORIC VIDEO When Do People Hang Up Their Jumping Skis? The answer to this one is quite simple ... when they want to!  Once a jumper is 30 years of age or older, he or she becomes eligible to participate in Masters competition.  Jumpers age 30-39 are class M1, 40-49 M2, 50-59 M3, 60-69 M4, 70-79 M5, etc.  There’s now a pre-Masters class for jumpers age 25-29. Tom Ricchio is a corporate jet pilot who jumps in class M4. Tom has competed multiple times in the Masters World Championships. ** READ ARTICLE  about Tom, and his participation in  the 2010 US Masters Nat’l Championships in Coleraine MN. Don West retired in 2011 as the oldest jumper in the US.  A resident of Plattsburgh NY, Don was a retired college professor.  He was a class M5 jumper (in his seventies), and competed multiple times in Masters World Championships.  Don passed away on Aug 30, 2014, at age 77  ... click to read obituary CONCLUSION: For those who enjoy ski jumping, it can be a lifetime sport.  Some like to continue competing, others become coaches or volunteers.  If you live anywere near one of the clubs listed on our Regional Clubs page, make an effort to see some live ski jumping, and if you’re inclined to give it a try, talk to one of the coaches.  Although most jumpers start very young, there are adults who would like to try it, and they’re welcome, if they’re willing to “start small” and work their way on up, just like kids do.
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FIS Continental Cup Series Comes to USA Feb 25-26  120 meter hill is the size of the larger jump at Olympic venues Once each year, the FIS Continental Cup series makes an appearance in the US, at Iron Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (100 miles north of Green Bay).  It’s a huge hill, and attracts teams from a dozen or more countries where ski jumping is a major sport. It will also feature top American competitors.                               More info at  www.kiwanisskiclub.com Casey Larson 28th in Planica SLO Continental Cup Feb 19  Pair of Slovenians take 1st & 2nd on home hill, Larson 28th    Results:  Sun 2/19 In the final Continental Cup (COC), Casey  Larson of the USA made it into the final round with jumps of 128 and 122.5 meters, earning 201.1 points.  The winner, Tilen Bartol, scored 274.3 points on a pair of 138M flights.  Bor Pavlovic was 2nd, and Germany’s Constantin Schmid 3rd. Nita Englund 7th, Abby Ringquist 12th in Olympic Venue Feb 15 Tara Geraghty-Moats 27th, Nina Lussi 29th     Results:  Wed 2/15  In the first of two days billed as a preview of the 2018 Olympic venue in Pyeong Chang KOR, a pair of Japanese jumpers took top honors, with Yuki Ito the winner and Sara Takanashi 2nd, with Ema Klinec of Slovenia 3rd.  Nita Englund once again led the Americans, finishing 7th, while Abby Ringquist hit a season-best 12th.  Tara Geraghty-Moats and Nina Lussi were 27th and 29th, respectively.  The field was smaller than usual; many teams were training for the upcoming FIS World Championships in Lahti FIN. Iron Mountain MI Hosts FIS Continental Cup Series Feb 25-26  120 meter hill is the size of the larger of two jumps at Olympic venues Once each year, the FIS Continental Cup series makes an appearance in the US, at Iron Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  It’s a huge hill, and always attracts teams from more than a dozen countries where ski jumping is a major sport.  It also features the top American competitors, and last year’s Saturday event was won by Michael Glasder, the first American to win there in 30 years.  For more info, visit  www.kiwanisskiclub.com Nita Englund 12th & 13th in Ljubno World Cup Feb 11-12 Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th &18th, Abby Ringquist 22nd      Results:  Sat 2/11  Sun 2/12   Maren Lundby of Norway won the Women’ World Cup in Ljubno SLO on Saturday Feb 11, scoring 256.7 points with distances of 92.5 and 95 meters.  Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was 2nd, and Germany’s Katharina Althaus 3rd.  Nita Englund led the Americans in 12th place, with Abby Ringquist 22nd and Tara Geraghty- Moats 26th. Germany swept the podium on Sunday.  The winner was Althaus (249 points, 92.5M, 90M); Carina Vogt was 2nd and Svenja Wuerth 3rd.  Englund again led the Americans in 13th; Geraghty-Moats cracked the top 20 in 18th, and Ringquist scored another 22nd. Poland Takes Two Wins in Sapporo Men’s World Cup Feb 11-12 Maciej Kot wins Saturday, Maciej Kot wins Sunday              Results:  Sat 2/11   Sun 2/12  Poland’s Maciej Kot took the top spot on the first day of Men’s World Cup in Sapporo, earning 260.2 points on jumps of 139 and 138 meters.  Peter Prevc of Slovenia was 2nd and Stefan Kraft of Austria finished 3rd.  Kevin Bickner (USA) placed 21st and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) was 28th.  Mike Glasder (USA) finished 32nd. On Sunday, Kamil Stoch, also of Poland, was the winner (262.7 points, 137.5M, 140M) ahead of Germany’s Andreas Wellinger and Austria’s Stefan Kraft.  A pair of Americans made the final round of 30, Kevin Bickner in 27th place and Michael Glasder 29th. Midwest 5 Hills Series Finale in Fox River Grove IL Feb 11-12 It’s a mini-series within the national US Cup series    USANordic press release  The series kicked off in Minneapolis on Jan 25 (Wed eve), followed by Eau Claire WI  Jan 27-28, Ishpeming MI Jan 31, and Westby WI Feb 3-4.   5 Hills Series Venue & Date          Results    Minneapolis   Jan 25   Wed  Women & Men    Eau Claire WI  Jan 27-28   Fri    W M   Sat  W  M      Ishpeming MI   Jan 31   Tue    Men    Westby WI    Feb 03-04   Fri    Men   Sat  Men     Fox Riv Grv IL Feb 11-12    Sat   small hills   K70     Sun  K70        Bickner 24th & 26th, Glasder 30th in Oberstdorf WC  Feb 4-5 Kraft Wins & Wellinger 2nd both days     Results:  Sat 2/4   Sun 2/5 Austria’s Stefan Kraft was the winner on the first day of ski flying in Oberstdorf GER.  Andreas Wellinger (GER) was 2nd, and Kamil Stoch (POL) 3rd.  For the USA, Kevin Bickner finished 24th, Mike Glasder 30th, and William Rhoads 35th.  Bickner set a personal best of 218.5 meters in Sunday’s qualifying session. Sunday’s competition was held to one round because of wind.  Kraft & Wellinger took the top two spots again, with Slovenia’s Jurij Tepes 3rd.  Bickner grabbed another 24th, Glasder was 36th, and Rhoads 40th. US Women 11th, 14th, 18th & 27th in Hinzenbach World Cup  Englund, Hendrickson, Ringquist, Geraghty-Moats score points   Results:  Sat 2/4   Sun 2/5 Japan’s Sara Takanashi earned another World Cup win Saturday in Hinzenbach GER, with a total of 242.1 points on jumps of 87.5 and 91 meters.  Four Americans who have been scoring World Cup points recently all managed to do so again.  Nita Englund had the top US result, 11th.  Sarah Hendrickson finished 14th, Abby Ringquist 18th, and Tara Geraghty-Moats 27th. On Sunday, it was another win for Takanashi, with Germany’s Olympic gold medalist 2nd, and Norway’s Maren Lundby 3rd.  Once again all four Americans were in the points, having made the cut to the final round of 30.  Hendrickson was 17th, Ringquist 21st, Englund 25th, and Geraghty-Moats 26th.    Nick Mattoon 16th & 22nd in Erzurum Continental Cup Feb 4-5  Beautiful facility in Turkey rebuilt after earthquake      Results:  Sat 2/4  Sun 2/5 Slovenia’s Nejc Dezman and Jaka Hvala took first and second places both days in Erzurum.    Italy’s Sebastian Colloredo was third on Saturday, and Rok Justin took third for a Slovenian sweep on Sunday.  Nick Mattoon of the US had a good weekend, finishing 16th on Saturday and 22nd on Sunday. FIS Junior World Championships ... Park City Jan 30 - Feb 5 World’s best young jumpers & NCers, M & F, in individual and team competition Utah Olympic Park will host the 2017Junior Nordic World Championships beginning Jan 30.  This encompasses ski jumping and Nordic combined.  US ski jumping team tryouts were held recently, and ten athletes, five men and five women, were named to represent the US in ski jumping.  See full details in article on USSA website.  Also from USSA, see a nice article on Anna Hoffman, top US girl on the WJC squad.  There will be individual and team jumping competitions for both men and women, and a mixed-team comp also.            INDIVIDUAL COMPETITION RESULTS:   Wednesday    2/1 ... Women   Men               TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS:   Friday          2/3 ... Women   Men             MIXED TEAM COMPETITION RESULTS:   Sunday         2/5 ... Mixed 2W, 2M   Women’s World Cup in Rasnov Roumania Jan 28-29 Four Americans in final round both days           Results:  Sat 1/28   Sun 1/29 Norway’s Maren Lundby won on Saturday, scoring 259 points on flights of 97 & 99 meters. Japan’s Sara Takanashi was 2nd (249, 93/98), teammate Yuki Ito 3rd (238.5, 91/93.5).  USA’s  Nita Englund placed 11th (222.1, 91/90), Sarah Hendrickson 14th (216.1, 89.5/90.5), Abby Ringquist 22nd (197.3, 82.5/85.5), and Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th (189.4, 80.5/84.5).  Takanashi took the top spot on Sunday, with 247.3 points on distances of 96 & 97.5 meters. Lundby finished (241.9, 95.5/93), and Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz 3rd (235.4, 93/94).  Hendrickson landed in 10th (208.2, 89/89), Englund 13th (205.2, 85.5/88), Ringquist 20th (188.9, 82.5/86.5), and Tara Geraghty- Moats 26th (176.5, 83.5/79).  Men’s Continental Cup in Bischofshofen AUT Jan 28-29 Boyd-Clowes 4th, Glasder 11th, Rhoads 19th Sunday     Results:  Sat 1/28  Sun 1/29 Clemens Aigner of Austria won on Saturday with 296.5 points on a pair of identical jumps of 139.5 meters on the first day of Continental Cup action in Bischofshofen AUT.  The Czech Republic’s Tomas Vancura (267.8, 137/137.5) was 2nd and multiple Olympic gold medalist Simon Ammann of Switzerland {282.6, 140/138) placed 3rd.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (251.4, 129.5/127.5) finished 11th, and USA’s William Rhoads (246.5, 125/128.5) was 15th. On Sunday, Vancura was the winner (261.6 points, distances 135 and 137 meters), Ammann (259.6, 137/137.5) was 2nd, and Aigner {258.8, 132.5/138.5) took 3rd.  Boyd-Clowes (254.3, 133/136.5) finished 4th.  USA’s Michael Glasder (233.8, 129/129.5) placed 11th, and William Rhoads  (214.1, 126.5/121) took the 19th spot.    Attracting Newbies, Retaining Experience, & Growing the Sport Involved in, or interested in, growing our sport?  See “Recruit/Retain”... link at left Before the growth of participant snow sports, which took off in the 1950s, ski jumping was one of the ways to have fun in the snow, and it was a very big spectator attraction in many snowy regions of the US.  The numbers of participants have remained low for many years, but some clubs are growing again, and some which have been inactive are coming back to life.  If you are already involved in growing our sport, or have an interest in what it will take to make it happen, please click the link above left to visit our “Recruit/Retain” page. This Girl is on Fire!  Yuki Ito Wins Twice in Zao World Cup Four Americans in Saturday’s final round         Results:  Fri 1/20   Sat 1/21  It’s the second stop in Japan for the Women’s World Cup series, and on Friday Yuki Ito got her second win in six days, ahead of Italy’s Manuela Malsiner and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova.  Sara Takanashi missed the podium for the second consecutive time, this time finishing 5th. A pair of Americans, Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund, just missed the top ten in 11th and 12th, respectively.  Abby Ringquist narrowly missed the final round of 30, placing 33rd.  Tara Geraghty-Moats and Nina Lussi didn’t qualify on Thursday for Friday’s day’s comp. Ito won again on Saturday, eight-tenths of a point ahead of Takanashi.  Lundby was just five points back in third place.  Four Americans made it to the final round, with Englund finishing 14th, Hendrickson 16th, Ringquist 22nd, and Geraghty-Moats 29th.  Their next action will be in Rasnov ROU Jan 27- 29.   Ito & Lundby Win Women’s World Cup Comps in Sapporo Hendrickson 13th & 12th, Englund 27th & 18th      Results:  Sat 1/14   Sun 1/15  Japan’s Yuki Ito scored her first World Cup victory Saturday in Sapporo, by a 12 point margin against her usually-dominant teammate, Sara Takanashi.  Norway’s Maren Lundby was 3rd  Americans Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund placed 13th and 27th, respectively.  Abby Ringquist qualified for the starting field of 40, but missed the final round, placing 34th. On Sunday, Lundby took the win, with Ito 2nd and Germany’s Katharina Althaus 3rd.  It was a rare occurrence, but Takanashi finished off the podium in 4th.  Among the US athletes, Hendrickson placed 12th, Englund 18th, and Tara Geraghty-Moats was 24th. 
USA Masters 1991 Proposed jump near Red Wing
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