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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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Casey Larson in Top 20 - Twice - at Continental Cup in Turkey Two good finishes, big distances, in strong field          Results:  Sat 1/20 (1)  Sat 1/20 (2) USA Nordic’s Casey Larson finished in the top 20 in back-to-back competitions held in Erzurum TUR on Saturday Jan 20.  He placed 20th in the first event on flights of 126 and 132 meters.  David Siegel of Germany was the winner, followed by Jonathan Learoyd of France and Marius Lindvik of Norway. In the second event, Larson moved up to 20th, flying 133.5 and 124 meters.  The podium was a sandwich, with Lindvik between two Slovenians, Anze Lanisek and Tomaz Naglic. FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping in Iron Mountain MI Feb 10-11 International competition is an annual event at the 120 meter Pine Mountain jump Want to see some superb flights on the largest hill in the US that annually hosts top-level skiers from around the world?  Get to Iron Mountain in Michigan’s UP!      www.kiwanisskiclub.com American Men & Women in World Cup Action Jan 19-21 Kevin Bickner 24th in Ski Flying World Championships at Oberstdorf GER Jan 20 Results:   Men  Fri-Sat 1/19-20  3 rounds   Women  Fri 1/19   Sat 1/20 team   Sun 1/21  Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, and William Rhoads participated Friday in Oberstdorf for 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.   Glasder did not advance to the second round. Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats, Sarah Hendrickson, and Abby Ringquist competed in their second consecutive weekend of World Cup ski jumping in Japan.  Sarah was the only American who qualified for the starting round of 40 on Friday, but she didn’t make it into the  final round of 30, finishing 35th.  Norway’s Maren Lundby was the winner, followed by Chiara Hoelzl of Austria and Irina Avvakumova of Russia.  The US placed 7th in the team competition on Saturday.  Japan won, ahead of teams from Slovenia and Russia.  On Sunday, weather conditions forced cancellation of qualification, so there were 50 jumpers in the starting field.  Many delays and gate changes were disruptive.  None of the four US athletes made it to the final round of 30.  Lundby continued to dominate the women’s field, and was joined on the podium by Japan’s Yuki Ito and Sara Takanashi. 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  UA’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. Ringquist 23rd in Sapporo WC Saturday, Lundby Wins Twice Takanashi and Althaus swap 2nd and 3rd spots           Results:  Sat 01/13   Sun 01/14  American Abby Ringquist made it into the final round in Sapporo on Saturday, finishing 23rd on flights of 85 and 80.5 meters, good for 181.6 points.  Her teammate Tara Geraghty-Moats finished 37th.  Norway’s Maren Lundby won, scoring 252.9 points on distances of 95.5 and 93.5 meters.  Germany’s Katharina Althaus was 2nd and Japan’s Sara Takanashi 3rd.  On Sunday, Ringquist again qualified, this time in 40th, the last spot in the starting field.  She edged teammate Sarah Hendrickson by a half-point to get into the competition.  She missed the final round by one-tenth of a point, finishing 31st.  Lundby won again, flying 95.5 and 98.5 meters, scoring 251.6 points, giving her a huge 20 point margin over Takanashi, with Althaus 3rd, one point back.  They’ll be in Japan again next week, at Zao.  US Cup Series and Midwest 5-Hills Tourney About to Begin  Major domestic competition series for up and coming men and women There are multiple venues on the calendar over the next few months.  USA Nordic is the force behind these competitions … check out the schedule at  www.usanordic.org  Bryan Fletcher, Mike Glasder, Sarah Hendrickson to Olympics! Top spots on Olympic teams for NC, men’s jumping, and women’s jumping are set! Ski jumping trials for both men & women were held Sunday, Dec 31, with the winners getting automatically named to the 2018 Olympic team.  Remaining slots on all three squads will be filled by pre-defined team criteria. Mike Glasder locked in a spot on the men’s jumping team, scoring  270 points on distances of 98.5 and 98 meters.  Kevin Bickner finished 2nd, only 1.4 points behind Glasder.  Will Rhoads placed 3rd in the men’s class, with Casey Larson 4th, AJ Brown 5th, and Nick Mattoon 6th. Glasder, Bickner, Larson, and Brown are from the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, IL.  Rhoads is from Park City UT, and Mattoon is from Eau Claire WI.    Results:  Men’s jumping Sarah Hendrickson won the women’s comp with 263.4 points on flights of 97.5 and 98.5 meters.  Abby Ringquist and Nita Englund were 2nd and 3rd among the women.  Nina Lussi had a pair of long jumps, but fell after landing in the second round*, finishing 4th, just ahead of Tara Geraghty-Moats who’s coming back from an arm injury she incurred in training last fall. Hendrickson and Ringquist are from Park City, Englund is from Florence WI; both Lussi and Geraghty-Moats are from Lake Placid.    Results:  Women’s jumping     *update on Nina Lussi The first US athlete to punch his ticket for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeong Chang was Bryan Fletcher, winner of the Nordic Combined trial on Saturday Dec 30.  He stood 5th after the jumping round, but was fastest on the race course, to claim the win.  The Loomis brothers, Adam and Ben, finished 2nd and 3rd, and Bryan Fletcher’s brother Taylor placed 4th.     Results:  NC jump round     NC race & final Mike Glasder Hits Top 20 in Engelberg Continental Cup Dec 28 21st on Wednesday, 18th on Thursday      Results:  Wed 12/27   Thurs 12/28  USA Nordic’s Mike Glasder put together jumps of 120 and 124 meters to place 21st in Continental Cup action in Engelberg SUI on Wed Dec 27.  Jonathan Learoyd (FRA) won, followed by Viktor Polasek (CZE) and Killian Peier (SUI).  On Thursday, Mike flew to 18th place, powered by a monster second jump of 136 meters, after hitting 125 in the first round.  Austria’s Ulrich Wohlgenannt was the winner, ahead of Poland’s Tomasz Pilch and Norway’s Marius Lindvik.  Mike’s now back in the US for Olympic Trials. Great Article on Norge Ski Club (Fox River Grove IL) in WSJ! Wonderful exposure for their club, program, and athletes     CLICK HERE TO VIEW The Wall Street Journal published an outstanding story about the Norge Ski Club recently; please click the link above.  You may find it asks you to sign up for a trial subscription; I chose the “login” option and was able to log in with my Google account.  Can log in through Facebook also … give it a try … you’ll enjoy the story if you can access it! Recent Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Results Americans finished in the points in several international competitions before Christmas Men’s Continental Cup Nordic Combined in Steamboat Springs CO Results:  Fri 12/15    Sat 12/16    Sun 12/17 A pair of Norwegians took the top spots on Friday’s podium, Mikko Kokslien and Truls Johansen, with France’s Hugo Buffard 3rd.  Ben Loomis was the top American in 5th, with teammates Jasper Good 10th, Stephen Schumann 16th, Ben Berend 18th, Jared Shumate 30th, Grant Andrews 36th, and Tucker Hoefler 42nd.  On Saturday, USA’s Ben Loomis was 3rd in the jump round, and Jasper Good 10th.  Final results found Kokslein again atop the podium, with Buffard 2nd & Johansen 3rd. Loomis repeated in 5th, while Schumann placed 15th, Berend 24th, Shumate 33rd, Beckett Ledger 40th, and Aidan Ripp 42nd. Sunday’s podium was a repeat of Friday’s, with Kokslien, Johansen, and Buffard taking the top three spots.  Loomis made it 3 days in a row in 5th place, Good was 12th, Berend 18th, Schumann 20th, Andrews 27th, Shumate 31st, Hoefler 41st, and Bennett Gamber 43rd. Men’s World Cup Nordic Combined in Ramsau am Dachstein AUT Results:  Sat 12/16    Sun 12/17 USA Nordic’s Bryan Fletcher placed 7th on Saturday in Ramsau, after finishing with the 2nd fastest time on the race course.  He’d been 28th in the preliminary ski jumping round.  A pair of Germans, Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle, took first and second, with Norway’s Jan Schmid third. Riessle was Sunday’s winner, followed by Italy’s Alessandro Pittin and Finland’s Eero Hirvonen.  Bryan Fletcher finished 14th, his brother Taylors was 34th, and Adam Loomis placed 52nd. Women’s World Cup ski jumping opener in Lillehammer NOR; Englund in the points     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. World Cup Events to be Streamed Live in USA This Year Olympic Channel schedule available now … CLICK THIS LINK For the first time, you’ll be able to watch World Cup Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined competitions streamed live in the USA.  Click the link above to view schedule on the USA Nordic website. 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.. 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. 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 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 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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). 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: 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.  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.    (click underlined names for videos - the Bickner video shows Sunday’s 244.5m flight) For More on the 2017 Season, click to Archive (link at top left)

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Casey Larson in Top 20 - Twice - at Continental Cup in Turkey Two good finishes, big distances, in strong field          Results:  Sat 1/20 (1)  Sat 1/20 (2) USA Nordic’s Casey Larson finished in the top 20 in back-to-back competitions held in Erzurum TUR on Saturday Jan 20.  He placed 20th in the first event on flights of 126 and 132 meters.  David Siegel of Germany was the winner, followed by Jonathan Learoyd of France and Marius Lindvik of Norway. In the second event, Larson moved up to 20th, flying 133.5 and 124 meters.  The podium was a sandwich, with Lindvik between two Slovenians, Anze Lanisek and Tomaz Naglic. FIS Continental Cup Ski Jumping in Iron Mountain MI Feb 10-11 International competition is an annual event at the 120 meter Pine Mountain jump Want to see some superb flights on the largest hill in the US that annually hosts top-level skiers from around the world?  Get to Iron Mountain in Michigan’s UP!      www.kiwanisskiclub.com American Men & Women in World Cup Action Jan 19-21 Kevin Bickner 24th in Ski Flying World Championships at Oberstdorf GER Jan 20 Results:   Men  Fri-Sat 1/19-20  3 rounds   Women  Fri 1/19   Sat 1/20 team   Sun 1/21  Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, and William Rhoads participated Friday in Oberstdorf for 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.   Glasder did not advance to the second round. Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats, Sarah Hendrickson, and Abby Ringquist competed in their second consecutive weekend of World Cup ski jumping in Japan.  Sarah was the only American who qualified for the starting round of 40 on Friday, but she didn’t make it into the  final round of 30, finishing 35th.  Norway’s Maren Lundby was the winner, followed by Chiara Hoelzl of Austria and Irina Avvakumova of Russia.  The US placed 7th in the team competition on Saturday.  Japan won, ahead of teams from Slovenia and Russia.  On Sunday, weather conditions forced cancellation of qualification, so there were 50 jumpers in the starting field.  Many delays and gate changes were disruptive.  None of the four US athletes made it to the final round of 30.  Lundby continued to dominate the women’s field, and was joined on the podium by Japan’s Yuki Ito and Sara Takanashi. 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  UA’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. Ringquist 23rd in Sapporo WC Saturday, Lundby Wins Twice Takanashi and Althaus swap 2nd and 3rd spots            Results:  Sat 01/13   Sun 01/14  American Abby Ringquist made it into the final round in Sapporo on Saturday, finishing 23rd on flights of 85 and 80.5 meters, good for 181.6 points.  Her teammate Tara Geraghty-Moats finished 37th.  Norway’s Maren Lundby won, scoring 252.9 points on distances of 95.5 and 93.5 meters.  Germany’s Katharina Althaus was 2nd and Japan’s Sara Takanashi 3rd.  On Sunday, Ringquist again qualified, this time in 40th, the last spot in the starting field.  She edged teammate Sarah Hendrickson by a half-point to get into the competition.  She missed the final round by one-tenth of a point, finishing 31st.  Lundby won again, flying 95.5 and 98.5 meters, scoring 251.6 points, giving her a huge 20 point margin over Takanashi, with Althaus 3rd, one point back.  They’ll be in Japan again next week, at Zao.  US Cup Series and Midwest 5-Hills Tourney About to Begin  Major domestic competition series for up and coming men and women There are multiple venues on the calendar over the next few months.  USA Nordic is the force behind these competitions … check out the schedule at  www.usanordic.org  Bryan Fletcher, Mike Glasder, Sarah Hendrickson to Olympics! Top spots on Olympic teams for NC, men’s jumping, and women’s jumping are set! Ski jumping trials for both men & women were held Sunday, Dec 31, with the winners getting automatically named to the 2018 Olympic team.  Remaining slots on all three squads will be filled by pre-defined team criteria. Mike Glasder locked in a spot on the men’s jumping team, scoring  270 points on distances of 98.5 and 98 meters.  Kevin Bickner finished 2nd, only 1.4 points behind Glasder.  Will Rhoads placed 3rd in the men’s class, with Casey Larson 4th, AJ Brown 5th, and Nick Mattoon 6th. Glasder, Bickner, Larson, and Brown are from the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove, IL.  Rhoads is from Park City UT, and Mattoon is from Eau Claire WI.    Results:  Men’s jumping Sarah Hendrickson won the women’s comp with 263.4 points on flights of 97.5 and 98.5 meters.  Abby Ringquist and Nita Englund were 2nd and 3rd among the women.  Nina Lussi had a pair of long jumps, but fell after landing in the second round*, finishing 4th, just ahead of Tara Geraghty-Moats who’s coming back from an arm injury she incurred in training last fall. Hendrickson and Ringquist are from Park City, Englund is from Florence WI; both Lussi and Geraghty-Moats are from Lake Placid.    Results:  Women’s jumping      *update on Nina Lussi The first US athlete to punch his ticket for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeong Chang was Bryan Fletcher, winner of the Nordic Combined trial on Saturday Dec 30.  He stood 5th after the jumping round, but was fastest on the race course, to claim the win.  The Loomis brothers, Adam and Ben, finished 2nd and 3rd, and Bryan Fletcher’s brother Taylor placed 4th.     Results:  NC jump round     NC race & final Mike Glasder Hits Top 20 in Engelberg Continental Cup Dec 28 21st on Wednesday, 18th on Thursday      Results:  Wed 12/27   Thurs 12/28  USA Nordic’s Mike Glasder put together jumps of 120 and 124 meters to place 21st in Continental Cup action in Engelberg SUI on Wed Dec 27.  Jonathan Learoyd (FRA) won, followed by Viktor Polasek (CZE) and Killian Peier (SUI).  On Thursday, Mike flew to 18th place, powered by a monster second jump of 136 meters, after hitting 125 in the first round.  Austria’s Ulrich Wohlgenannt was the winner, ahead of Poland’s Tomasz Pilch and Norway’s Marius Lindvik.  Mike’s now back in the US for Olympic Trials. Great Article on Norge Ski Club (Fox River Grove IL) in WSJ! Wonderful exposure for their club, program, and athletes     CLICK HERE TO VIEW The Wall Street Journal published an outstanding story about the Norge Ski Club recently; please click the link above.  You may find it asks you to sign up for a trial subscription; I chose the “login” option and was able to log in with my Google account.  Can log in through Facebook also … give it a try … you’ll enjoy the story if you can access it! Recent Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Results Americans finished in the points in several international competitions before Christmas Men’s Continental Cup Nordic Combined in Steamboat Springs CO Results:  Fri 12/15    Sat 12/16    Sun 12/17 A pair of Norwegians took the top spots on Friday’s podium, Mikko Kokslien and Truls Johansen, with France’s Hugo Buffard 3rd.  Ben Loomis was the top American in 5th, with teammates Jasper Good 10th, Stephen Schumann 16th, Ben Berend 18th, Jared Shumate 30th, Grant Andrews 36th, and Tucker Hoefler 42nd.  On Saturday, USA’s Ben Loomis was 3rd in the jump round, and Jasper Good 10th.  Final results found Kokslein again atop the podium, with Buffard 2nd & Johansen 3rd. Loomis repeated in 5th, while Schumann placed 15th, Berend 24th, Shumate 33rd, Beckett Ledger 40th, and Aidan Ripp 42nd. Sunday’s podium was a repeat of Friday’s, with Kokslien, Johansen, and Buffard taking the top three spots.  Loomis made it 3 days in a row in 5th place, Good was 12th, Berend 18th, Schumann 20th, Andrews 27th, Shumate 31st, Hoefler 41st, and Bennett Gamber 43rd. Men’s World Cup Nordic Combined in Ramsau am Dachstein AUT Results:  Sat 12/16    Sun 12/17 USA Nordic’s Bryan Fletcher placed 7th on Saturday in Ramsau, after finishing with the 2nd fastest time on the race course.  He’d been 28th in the preliminary ski jumping round.  A pair of Germans, Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle, took first and second, with Norway’s Jan Schmid third. Riessle was Sunday’s winner, followed by Italy’s Alessandro Pittin and Finland’s Eero Hirvonen.  Bryan Fletcher finished 14th, his brother Taylors was 34th, and Adam Loomis placed 52nd. Women’s World Cup ski jumping opener in Lillehammer NOR; Englund in the points     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. World Cup Events to be Streamed Live in USA This Year Olympic Channel schedule available now … CLICK THIS LINK For the first time, you’ll be able to watch World Cup Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined competitions streamed live in the USA.  Click the link above to view schedule
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