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Isn’t Ski Jumping
The PERCEPTION is
that ski jumping is an
sport. The reality is far
different ... learn
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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
gradually to larger
jumps as their skills
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
** HISTORIC VIDEO
When Do People
Hang Up Their
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
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
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about Tom, and his
participation in the
2010 US Masters Nat’l
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
times in Masters World
passed away on Aug 30,
2014, at age 77 ...
click to read obituary
For those who enjoy ski
jumping, it can be a
Some like to continue
become coaches or
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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The US Men’s & Women’s
Ski Jumping and
teams have been merged
into USA Nordic.
H E A D L I N E S What we’re talkin’ about right now ...
Bickner 16th on Friday March 23 in Planica Ski Flying!
Traditional World Cup Season Finale Results: Thurs Mar 22 quali Fri Mar 23
The men’s World Cup concludes each year in Planica, with individual ski flying Friday and
Sunday, and team competition on Saturday. USA Nordic’s Kevin Bickner qualified 33rd on
Thursday for the starting field of 40 jumpers on Friday.
Bickner finished 16th with flights of 213 and 230.5. He was 25th after the first round, then
had the 9th best jump in the final round. Poland’s Kamil Stoch was the winner, with Norway’s
Johann Andre Forfang 2nd and Austria’s Stefan Kraft 3rd.
Four US athletes competed in the team event Saturday. Joining Bickner were Casey Larson,
William Rhoads, and Mike Glasder. The team placed 9th. Results: Sat Mar 24 team
Hendrickson 26th, Englund 37th in Women’s WC Mar 24
Season concludes in Oberstdorf GER Results: Fri Mar 23 quali Sat Mar 24
The final Women’s World Cup competition will be held this weekend in Oberstdorf. On Friday,
53 jumpers competed to qualify for 40 starting spots in Saturday’s field. Sara Hendrickson
placed 32nd and Nita Englund 38th. Norway’s Maren Lundby was the top qualifier, followed
by Sara Takanashi of Japan and Daniela Iraschko-Stolz of Austria.
In Saturday’s competition, next-to-last for this season’s World Cup series, Japan’s Sara
Takanashi landed atop the podium, followed by Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, and Norway’s
Maren Lundby. This was a reversal of several recent podium order. Hendrickson finished 26th
and Englund 37th. Their season wraps up tomorrow.
Norwegian Air Force Sweeps Ski Flying in Vikersund
Wins team event, owns indiv podium Results: Sat Mar 17 team Sun Mar 18 indiv
On Saturday, Norway won the ski flying team event in Vikersund by 166 points over Poland,
with Slovenia another 16 points back. On Sunday, the same four athletes took all three
podium spots plus 9th, with one more Norwegian in 11th. Lately, they’ve been invincible.
Robert Johansson claimed the win in Sunday’s individual competition, followed by Andreas
Stjernen and Daniel Andre Tande. Johann Andre Forfang slipped into the top ten in 9th, and
Halvor Egner Granerud placed 11th.
Windy conditions were encountered in training as well as both competition rounds.
USA Nordic’s Kevin Bickner was 19th in the first round on a flight of 202.5 meters, but
managed only 152 meters in the final round, finishing 30th. Shout-out to the man who
finished 10th today, Japan’s ageless legend Noriaki Kasai, who’s 46. He’s amazing.
Kevin Bickner 26th in Trondheim NOR World Cup Mar 15
Another final round finish & World Cup Points Results: Thurs Mar 15
Once again, Kevin Bickner made it to the final round of 30, placing 26th in Trondheim.
He flew 130.5 and 123.5 meters, scoring 204.9 points. Once again, Poland’s Kamil Stoch
stood atop the podium, ahead of Austria’s Stefan Kraft and Norway’s Robert Johansson.
Stoch’s first-round flight of 146 meters was the longest of the day.
Bryan Fletcher 7th in Final NC World Cup!
11th after jumping, 7th fastest in XC race on Wednesday Results: Wed Mar 14
After yesterday’s 12th place in Trondheim, Bryan Fletcher stamped a huge exclamation point
on the end of his World Cup career with a Top Ten finish, placing 7th overall. He had flown
128 meters in the jump round, 11th best, earning an XC start time 1:01 behind the jump
round winner. He then blasted his way around the 10K race course with the 7th fastest time,
finishing 19.7 seconds behind the overall winner, Germany’s Fabian Riessle. Norway’s Jarl
Magnus Riiber was 2nd, with Finland’s Eero Hirvonen third.
15th after jumping, 11th fastest in XC race on Tuesday Results: Tues Mar 13
USA Nordic’s Bryan Fletcher broke a string of three 17th-place finishes (one at Holmenkollen,
two at the Olympics) to place 12th overall in Trondheim on Tuesday Mar 13 in the next-to-last
World Cup competition. Standing 15th after the jumping round, Bryan ran the 11th fastest
time in the 10K XC race to place 12th in the overall results. Germans Eric Frenzel and Fabian
Riessle were 1st and 3rd, with Japan’s Akito Watabe 2nd. Bryan’s brother Taylor placed 39th.
It’s Norway, Norway, Norway in Holmenkollen Ski Jumping
Norwegians dominate! Results: team jump women’s indiv men’s indiv
The most historic event in ski jumping is the annual Holmenkollen in Oslo NOR. The home
team won all three events. ALL EVENTS were held on the large hill.
Norway led Poland and Austria in men’s team jumping, winning by a margin of 59 points.
The US, with only two jumpers on hand, didn’t compete in this four-man event.
Maren Lundby won in front of the home crowd, scoring 262.7 points on flights of 134 and 126
meters, 31.5 points ahead of Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz in 2nd place. Japan’s Yuki Ito
was 3rd. No American women were entered this weekend.
Daniel Andre Tande scored 258.1 points on jumps of 128 and 132 meters, ahead of two
Austrians, Stefan Kraft and Michael Hayboeck. Two more Norwegians took fourth and fifth,
Robert Johansson and Johann Andre Forfang. Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was 15th, and
Kevin Bickner of the USA placed 36th.
Japan wins Holmenkollen NC, USA’s Bryan Fletcher 17th Results: Nordic Combined
Akito Watabe took the top podium spot in Nordic Combined at the Holmenkollen, with Fabian
Riessle of Germany and Mario Seidl of Austria taking 2nd and 3rd. Norwegians Jan Schmid and
Jarl Magnus Riiber were 4th and 5th. Bryan Fletcher of US Nordic was 24th after the jumping
round, and 12th-fastest in the race, finishing in 17th place overall.
Women Look Toward FIS Large-Hill World Cup Inclusion!
Announced on International Women’s Day, this proposal will be
formally submitted at the FIS Congress this spring.
The two FIS Race Directors for Ski Jumping (Chika Yoshida for the ladies and Walter Hofer for
men) want to carry out more competitions of the men and ladies together on the same hills.
A proposal regarding this issue will be submitted to the FIS Ski Jumping committee and the
FIS Council at the upcoming FIS meetings.
At a press conference on Thursday March 8 in Oslo, officially designated as “International
Women’s Day,” Hofer and Yoshida spoke about their plans:
"A joint data service, a joint TV production and a smaller number of competition officials
would reduce the costs significantly. Mixed team events would increase the number of
This means that, from this summer, the ladies competitions will be held mostly on the same
hills - the large hills - as the men's events. Provided, of course, the FIS Ski Jumping
committee and the FIS Council will approve this proposal.
So far the ladies' competitions are almost exclusively carried out on normal hills. Exceptions
were the events in Oberstdorf and the Holmenkollen in Oslo last year, and this winter in
Lillehammer as well as the upcoming World Cup on March 11
at the Holmenkollen.
Kevin Bickner 20th in Lahti FIN World Cup March 4
Finishes in tie with Germany’s Stephen Leyhe Results: Sun Mar 4
Kevin Bickner qualified 25th on Friday for the starting field of 50 on Sunday for Sunday’s
individual ski jumping in Lahti FIN. Hey was 27th after the first round, with a flight of
119 meters, then sailed to 131 meters on his second jump, to claim a tie for 20th in the
final results. The winner was Poland’s Kamil Stoch, ahead of Germany’s Markus Eisenbichler
and Austria’s Stefan Kraft.
OLYMPICS WRAPUP --- SCROLL DOWN FOR EARLIER 2018 SEASON EVENTS
Bryan Fletcher Gets Another 17th in NC Large Hill/10K
Matches last week’s finish in the Normal Hill /10K Results: Tues Feb 20
Gotta love consistency! USA Nordic’s Bryan Fletcher raced to his second top-ten finish in
Nordic Combined action at the 2018 Olympics. He was 23rd after the jumping round, which
determines starting order and interval time, and started the race segment 2:04 behind the
jumping leader, Japan’s Akito Watabe. He then had the 10th fastest race time, finishing
1:24.9 behind winner, Johannes Rydzek of Germany.
USA Nordic’s Ben Berend placed 39th overall, with Ben Loomis in 40th and Japer Good 43rd.
Germans filled the podium, with Fabian Riessle and Eric Frenzel behind winner Rydzek.
There’s one more event remaining, the LH 4x5 relay, on Thursday Feb 22.
The team event Thursday was anticlimactic for the US team, finishing in 10th place.
Germany took top honors, followed by Norway and Austria. Results: Thurs Feb 22
Norway Dominates Large Hill Team Jumping Competition
Germany 2nd, Poland 3rd, USA 9th Results: Mon Feb 19
Norway put an exclamation point on their status as the strongest team in men’s ski jumping
at the 2018 Olympics. They blasted their way to a clear victory over Germany, scoring 1098.5
points to 1075.5 for the Germans. Poland was a close 3rd, with 1072.4. Austria placed a
distant 4th at 978.4 points. The USA finished 9th, missing the final round by 20.3 points. A
big thank you to the US team of Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, Casey Larson, and Will Rhoads
for representing the US at the Games in Pyeong Chang, and we wish them all well in the
remaining World Cup competitions as the season winds down.
Kevin Bickner 20th in Large Hill Individual Competition
Edges Canada’s Boyd-Clowes by .1 point; Glasder 46th Results: Sat Feb 17
USA Nordic’s Kevin Bickner made the top 20 in the men’s individual large hill final, finishing
one-tenth of a point ahead of Mackenzie-Boyd Clowes of Canada, who trains with the US
team, making it quite a day for the North Americans. Bickner’s teammate Mike Glasder
placed 46th in the field of 50 who started in the first round.
Poland’s Kamil Stoch took top honors, scoring 285.4 points on flights of 135 & 136.5 meters.
He was joined on the podium by Andreas Wellinger (GER) and Robert Johansson (NOR).
In an unusual twist, there were 12 skiers in the top 10, due to a 3-way tie for 10th place!
Four were Norwegians; Germany claimed 3 spots, Poland 2, and one each from Austria,
Slovenia, and Japan. The final ski jumping event is team competition on Monday.
Bryan Fletcher 17th in Nordic Combined NH/10K
Germany’s Eric Frenzel wins, not unexpectedly Results: Wed Feb 14
The first Nordic Combined competition in Pyeong Chang gave the US a top-20 finish, with
Bryan Fletcher placing 17th. To nobody’s surprise, Eric Frenzel of Germany was the winner.
Akito Watabe of Japan placed 2nd, with Austria’s Lukas Klapfer 3rd. Taylor Fletcher of USA
Nordic was 35th, with teammates Ben Loomis 41st and Jasper Good 45th in a field of 65.
Sarah Hendrickson 19th, Abby Ringquist 29th in Women’s NH
Lundby takes women’s title, Althaus 2nd, Takanashi 3rd Results: Mon Feb 12
Norway’s Maren Lundby, the dominant female jumper in the World Cup series, added another
win to her impressive results for the year by hitting 105.5 and 110 meters at the Olympics in
Pyeong Chang. Germany’s Katherina Althaus was 2nd, Japan’s Sara Takanashi 3rd.
Three Americans competed; Sarah Hendrickson finished 19th, Abby Ringquist 29th, and Nita
Englund 31st. Before the competition, Abby announced this would be her final competitive
appearance; she retires as the senior member of the team, with a final jump of 91 meters!
High fives to Abby for a long and stellar career, and kudos to Sarah and Nita, too.
Kevin Bickner 18th in Olympic Men’s Normal Hill Final
Wellinger wins ahead of Forfang and Johansson Results: Sat Feb 10
In the first ski jumping competition of the 2018 Olympics, Kevin Bickner finished 18th in the
Normal Hill event, best US Olympic performance since Alan Alborn’s 11th in Salt Lake City in
2002. Michael Glasder missed the final round by just two spots, finishing 32nd, with Casey
Larson 39th and William Rhoads 46th. Germany’s Andreas Wellinger won, ahead of Johann
Andre Forfang and Robert Johansson of Norway.
COMPETITION RECAP - SKI JUMPING & NORDIC COMBINED
SKI JUMPING ALL EVENTS COMPLETED
Sat Feb 10
Men's indiv NH final
Mon Feb 12
Women's indiv NH final
Sat Feb 17
Men's indiv LH final
Mon Feb 19
Men's team LH final
NORDIC COMBINED ALL EVENTS COMPLETED
Wed Feb 14
NH ski jump / 10k race
Tues Feb 20
LH ski jump / 10k race Results
Thurs Feb 22
Team LH / 4x5k race Results
Lindvik & Granerud Get Wins in Iron Mountain Continental Cup
Lindvik flies 144M Sunday but falls, still places 3rd Results: Sat Feb 10 Sun Feb 11
Beautiful days, big crowds, strong field for two days of Continental Cup series ski jumping in
Iron Mountain MI. See more at www.kiwanisskiclub.com … see spectacular eagle photo!
Bickner 24th in Oberstdorf Ski Flying Championships Jan 19-21
Weather holds Sunday’s event to two rounds; official results based on only 3 rounds
Results: Men Fri-Sat 1/19-20
Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, and William Rhoads participated Friday in Oberstdorf GER at the
Ski Flying World Championships. Kevin qualified 23rd for the weekend’s competition, and
Mike qualified 38th for the field of 40 jumpers. Two competitive rounds followed
qualification, with another two scheduled for Saturday, but the fourth round was cancelled
due to wind. Bickner finished 24th. The winner was Norway’s Daniel-Andre Tande, ahead of
Poland’s Kamil Stoch and Germany’s Richard Freitag.
Bryan Fletcher 19th in World Cup NC at Val di Fiemme Jan 14
Was 34th after jump round, 2nd fastest in race segment Results: Fri 01/12 Sun 01/14
USA’s top Nordic combined athlete Bryan Fletcher was disappointed in his 32nd place on
Friday, but turned in a fantastic performance on Sunday. In the jump round which precedes
the race and determines the start order and interval time, he placed 34th, and began the
race 2:46 behind the jump round winner, Norway’s Jan Magnus Riiber. He finished the race in
24:41.6, second fastest (Norway’s Mikko Kokslien ran 24:40.4), which brought him up to to
19th overall, 1:07.7 behind the winner, Norway’s Jan Schmid. US teammate Ben Loomis
placed 38th overall.
Kevin Bickner 24th in Ski Flying at Bad Mitterndorf (Kulm) AUT
Norwegians take top two spots Saturday … Sunday canceled Results: Sat 01/13
In Saturday’s competition, Kevin made the final round, finishing 24th on flights of 189.5 and
196.5 meters. The top two podium spots went to Norwegians Andreas Stjernen and Daniel
Andre Tande. It was Tande’s second second jump of 240.5 meters, longest of the day, that
boosted him to 2nd, up from 7th after round 1. Switzerland’s 36 year old Simon Ammann, a
four-time Olympic gold medalist, finished 3rd, and Japan’s Noriaki Kasai, age 45, placed 5th.
Sunday’s competition was canceled due to dangerous wind conditions.
Lussi, Glasder, Bryan Fletcher 2018 National NH Champs!
Official Results: Saturday 10/7 Sunday 10/8 ski jumping Sunday 10/8 NC
The 2018 Normal Hill ski jumping and Nordic Combined national championships produced Nina
Lussi’s first national ski jumping title, and she also took the first-ever US women’t title in
Nordic Combined. She was followed by Nita Englund in jumping, and Gabby Armstrong in NC.
Mike Glasder won the men’s jumping championship ahead of Kevin Bickner & Bryan Fletcher.
Fletcher also won the men’s NC championship, with Ben Loomis 2nd and Jasper Good 3rd.
Congratulations to these outstanding athletes.
The national large-hill titles were won by Nita Englund and Will Rhoads at Park City in July;
scroll down for article on that event.
Nita Englund & Will Rhoads Win 2018 National LH Titles
US 2018 National Championships - Park City Results: Sat July 29
The 2018 US National Large-Hill Championships were held on Saturday July 29. The top five
finishers in women’s class were Taylor Henrich (CAN), Nita Englund, Abby Ringquist, Atsuko
Tanaka (CAN), and Nina Lussi. So Englund is the US Champion for the 2018 season (only US
athletes eligible for National Championship title).
In the men’s class, Will Rhoads took the National Championship title. He was followed by
Casey Larson, Josh Maurer (CAN), Kevin Bickner and Mike Glasder.
Longest jumps were 123.5M by Englund (women) and 135.5M by Glasder (men).