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Isn’t Ski Jumping
The PERCEPTION is
that ski jumping is an
sport. The reality is far
different ... learn
** 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
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
** READ ARTICLE
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 ...
ALL World Cup Events to be Streamed Live in USA This Season!
Olympic Channel schedule available now … CLICK THIS LINK
For the first time ever, you’ll be able to watch all World Cup Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined
competitions in the USA. Click the link above to view schedule on the USA Nordic website.
Will Rhoads 21st & 29th in Nizhniy Tagil World Cup Dec 2-3
World Cup ski jumping (men & women) and men’s Nordic Combined are underway
FIS Cup (women & men) in Vancouver (Whistler) BC
Results: Thurs 12/07 women men Fri 12/08 women men
Canada’s Abigail Strate was a double winner in women’s competition. Americans
Annika Belshaw and Anna Hoffman scored top-ten finishes, Belshaw 5th on Thursday
and Hoffman 6th on Friday.
Austria’s Elias Tollinger won on Thursday; the top US finisher was Casey Larson, 53rd.
Slovenia’s Nejc Dezman took the top spot on Friday, with USA’s Andrew Urlaub 57th.
Men’s Continental Cup in Vancouver (Whistler) BC
Results: Sat 12/09 Sun 12/10
Poland’s Tomasz Pilch took the top spot in Saturday’s Continental Cup event in
Vancouver. AJ Brown was the best US finisher at 50th. Germany’s Andreas Wank
was Sunday’s winner, and Brown again topped the US athletes in 52nd.
Men’s World Cup ski jumping in Titisee-Neustadt GER
Results: Fri 12/08 quali Sat 12/09 Sun 12/10
This weekend’s action in Germany began with a qualifying session on Friday for
Sunday’s individual large-hill competition. Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, and Will
Rhoads represented the US, but none qualified for Sunday’s starting field of 50.
Saturday’s event was four-man team competition, which was won by Norway,
ahead of Poland and Germany. The US, with only three athletes on hand, couldn’t
complete in the team event.
Men’s World Cup ski jumping in Nizhniy Tagil RUS
Results: Fri 12/01 quali Sat 12/02 Sun 12/03
Will Rhoads led US jumpers in Russia this weekend, placing in the points both days;
Kevin Bickner and Mike Glasder didn’t qualify for the starting field of fifty either day.
Germany’s Richard Freitag was Saturday’s winner, followed by a pair of Norwegians,
Daniel-Andre Tande and Johann Andre Forfang. On Sunday, Germany’s Andreas
Wellinger took top honors, followed by teammate Freitag and Austria’s Stefan Kraft.
Women’s World Cup ski jumping opener in Lillehammer NOR
Results: Thurs 11/30 quali Fri 12/01 Sat 12/02 Sun 12/03 (large hill)
It was a bit of a struggle for US women in the first weekend of World Cup action.
Nita Englund finished in the points by making the final round on Friday, but missed
the cut on Saturday. Sunday’s large-hill competitiion featured the top 30 from
Saturday’s results, so no Americans were in that event. In addition to Englund, US
jumpers who participated were Tara Geraghty-Moats, Sarah Hendrickson, Nina Lussi,
and Abby Ringquist.
Maren Lundby of Norway won on Friday, followed by Germany’s Katharina Althaus.
Althaus won on Saturday and Sunday, with Lundby second both days. Third place on
Friday went to Germany’s Carina Vogt, with a pair of Japanese jumpers taking third
the next two days; Yuki Ito on Saturday and Sara Takanashi on Sunday.
Sunday’s large-hill competition produced some eye-popping distances and point
totals; Althaus flew 138.5 and 139.5 meters, racking up 308.2 points.
Nina Lussi, Mike Glasder, Bryan Fletcher 2018 National 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 took the men’s jumping championship ahead of Kevin Bickner and 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.
It has been the custom for some years now to hold national championships in summer (Large
Hill, Park City) and fall (Normal Hill, Lake Placid) for the coming 2018 winter season. Back
when it was a winter-only sport, nationals were held during the winter or early spring, but it’s
become a year-round sport worldwide. Most nations now hold championships in summer or fall.
Mike Glasder 10th in Trondheim Continental Cup September 16
Flies 128.5 & 125 meters Results: Sat Sept 16 Sun Sept 17
USA Nordic’s Mike Glasder got a top-ten finish on Saturday in Norway, but unfortunately
received a DQ on Sunday. In other US results, William Rhoads finished 44th Saturday and 41st
Sunday, and Casey Larson was 51st and 50th. Top three on Saturday were Pius Paschke of
Austria, Tilen Bartol and Timi Zajc (both of Slovenia). On Sunday, Zajc and Bartol were 1st
and 2nd, with Germany’s Constantin Schmid 3rd.
Ringquist 16th & 18th, Hendrickson 18th & 22nd in SGP Finale
Summer GP, Tchaikovsky RU Results Women: Sat 9/9 Sun 9/10 Men: Sat 9/9 Sun 9/10
Japan’s Sara Takanashi scored a huge 31-point victory on Saturday, followed by Finland’s Julia
Kykkanen and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova. Abby Ringquist was the top US finisher, in 16th place.
Her teammates Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund placed 18th and 26th respectively, with all
three earning points toward the US quota for the 2018 Olympics.
Takanashi won by a huge margin again on Sunday, ahead of Avvakumova and Norway’s Maren
Lundby. Ringquist finished 18th, and Hendrickson 22nd. This was the women’s SGP finale.
Men’s SGP was held on the large hill on Saturday. Mike Glasder was the only US qualifier for
the field of 50, and he missed the cut to the final round of 30, finishing 36th. The winner was
Slovenia’s Anze Lanisek, ahead of a pair of Russians, Evgeniy Klimov and Denis Kornilov.
The men’s Sunday competition was scheduled for the large hill, but was moved to the normal
hill and held to one round because of wind. Lanisek won again, followed by Japan’s Junshiro
Kobayashi and Klimov. Glasder placed 28th, and US teammate William Rhoads was 53rd. This
was NOT the final weekend for Men’s Summer Grand Prix.
Kevin Bickner 23rd & 7th in Hakuba Summer GP Aug 26-27
Mike Glasder finishes in the points at 30th Sunday Results: Sat Aug 26 Sun Aug 27
The Summer GP series landed in Hakuba JPN the last weekend of August. Kevin Bickner led the
US jumpers, finishing 23rd on Saturday and 7th on Sunday. Mike Glasder also made the final
round on Sunday, finishing 30th. Bickner made a strong opening statement in Friday’s training
session, recording the longest flight at 128.5 meters.
Hendrickson Leads US in Women’s SGP, Frenstat CZE Aug 18-19
Ringquist, Geraghty-Moats, Englund also earn points Results: Fri Aug 18 Sat Aug 19
Sarah Hendrickson was 9th on Friday, with in Summer Grand Prix action in Frenstat. Tara
Geraghty-Moats was 24th and Abby Ringquist 27th. Japan’s Yuki Ito took the top spot on the
podium, ahead of Lucile Morat (FRA) and Maren Lundby (NOR).
Hendrickson finished 15th Saturday, with Ringquist 18th and Nita Englund 30th. Sara Takanashi
(JPN) was the winner, with Lundby 2nd and Ito 3rd.
Hendrickson 8th, Ringquist 16th, Geraghty-Moats 27th in SGP
Three US women earn points in Courchevel FRA Summer GP Results: Fri Aug 11
It was the season opener for women in the Summer Grand Prix series. Germany’s Katharina
Althaus was the winner, followed by Japan’s Sara Takanashi and Yuki Ito. Sara Hendrickson was
the top US finisher in 8th, with Abby Ringquist 16th and Tara Geraghty-Moats 27th.
Nita Englund & Will Rhoads Win 2018 National LH Titles
Results: Friday July 28 - K90 Saturday July 29 - K120 US 2018 Nationals
On Friday, top Springertournee honors for women’s senior class went to Nina Lussi, ahead of
Taylor Henrich (CAN), and Abby Ringquist. The top 3 in U20 class were Anna Hoffman, Cara
Larson, & Annika Belshaw.
Men’s senior class winner was Will Rhoads, followed by Kevin Bickner and Canada’s Mackenzie
Boyd-Clowes. Decker Dean won the men’s U20 title, while Sam Bolton (GBR) and Elijah Vargas
tied for second place.
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 (among women), 135.5M by Glasder (among men).
USA Nordic Working on Reviving Ski Jumping Across Country
Keen focus on communities that had ski jumping clubs and facilities in the past
We’re very pleased with the efforts of USA Nordic to bring our sport back in places that once
had active clubs. Jed Hinkley has been leading this project, and we think you’ll enjoy reading
his recent status report. It begins by spotlighting the newly-revived club in Cameron WI, which
is operating as a satellite of the Eau Claire Ski Club about 50 miles away, with the close
cooperation of several other clubs. CLICK HERE
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.
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:
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.
Late Season Competition News, 2017 Season
Americans 7th in Team Ski Flying, Best in Over 3 Decades!
Bickner, Glasder, Larson, Rhoads achieve milestone for USA Nordic Results: Sat 3/25
Kevin Bickner’s two jumps of 227.5 and 225 meters, combined with
Mike Glasder’s 196.5 and 203.5, Casey Larson’s 198 and 186.5, and
William Rhoads’ 204 and 185.5, gave the US a 7th place in four-man
team competition in Planica SLO on Saturday, Mar 25. Congratulations
to the athletes and coaches Bine Norcic, Uros Balki Vrhovec, and Clint
Jones. If your cable provider carries NBCSports.com you can view
replay at: http://stream.nbcsports.com/nbc/olympics?pid=30717
or watch free via the NBC Sports Live Extra app on your device.
Mike Glasder & Scott Smith … click photo to enlarge
The event was won by Norway, followed by Germany and Poland. The US team finished just
behind Japan, and ahead of the Czech Republic.
Three of the four US jumpers, Bickner, Glasder, and Larson are from the Norge Ski Club in Fox
River Grove, IL, a northwestern suburb of Chicago. Their Central Division coach, also from
Norge, is Scott Smith, a former US team jumper, and he was on hand to see his proteges in
action. The fourth member of this year’s team is William Rhoads, of Park City.
Although none of the Americans qualified for Friday’s individual competition,
Bickner missed the cutoff by only two spots. Top honors went to Austria’s
Stefan Kraft, and he was followed by a pair of Germans, Andreas Wellinger and
Markus Eisenbichler. But we must mention once again the astonishing, ageless
Noriaki Kasai of Japan, who placed 4th at age 44.
On Sunday, the top 30 got the chance to end the season with a bang. Stefan Kraft continued
his hot streak by winning on a flight of 250 meters (the competition was held to one round by
wind). Andreas Wellinger was 2nd, and Noriaki Kasai finished the season on the podium in 3rd.
Kraft is 23 years old, Wellinger is 21. Together, their ages add up to 44. Kasai IS 44 years old!
Noriaki Kasai… click photo to enlarge
KEVIN BICKNER FLIES 244.5M IN VIKERSUND … VIEW VIDEO
Longest ever by American, places 15th overall Results: Sun 3/19
Twelfth after first round, Kevin falls after landing at 234.5M in final round,
still takes 15th. Strong and gusty winds were evident throughout, and
starting gate was changed multiple times. The winner was Poland’s Kamil
Stoch, and Japan’s 44 year old Noriaki Kasai was 2nd. Michael Hayboeck of
Austria was 3rd. www.nbcsports.com/live Click photo to enlarge
World Record Broken Twice in Vikersund Team Competition
Austria’s Kraft flies 253.5M after Norway’s Johansson hits 252 Results: Sat 3/18
Saturday’s team competition in Vikersund provided major fireworks … ROBERT JOHANSSON
blasted off for a distance of 252 meters, eclipsing fellow Norwegian Anders Fannemel’s world
record by a half meter. Austria’s STEFAN KRAFT then stretched it another 1.5 meters to
253.5M (832 ft). Norway took the team title with 1572.6 points, Poland was 2nd with 1538.6,
and Austria placed 3rd with 1465.4 points. The USA placed 9th among 12 teams, one spot short
of making the final round. However, CASEY LARSON flew 216.5M, and Kevin Bickner hit 202.
Bickner & Glasder qualify for Sunday’s individual ski flying Results: Fri 3/17 quali
Two Americans qualified on Friday for Sunday’s individual ski flying event in Vikersund. Kevin
Bickner and Michael Glasder looked strong in training on Friday, and followed it up with solid
results in the qualification round with filghts of 198.5 and 190 meters, respectively.
For More on the 2017 Season, click to Archive (link at top left)