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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 ...
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!
US Athletes in International Competition Prior to Olympics
Men’s World Cup in GER, JWC in SUI, Men’s NC in 3 venues, BRYAN FLETCHER WINS TWICE!
Results - Ski Jumping: WC Sat 2/3 JWC Thu 2/1 men Fri 2/2 wmn Sat 2/4 mix team
Nordic Combined: JWC Tues 1/30 NH/10K Thurs 2/1 team Sat 2/3 NH/5K
Nordic Combined: WC Sat 2/3 LH/10K Sun 2/4 LH/10K - Hakuba JPN
Nordic Combined: COC Sat 2/3 LH/10K Sun 2/4 LH/10K - Planica SLO
Multiple US Olympians are in action in their last competitions prior to the Olympics, with a
Men’s World Cup (jumping) in Germany and the Junior World Championships (jumping and N/C)
in Switzerland. There was also Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Planica SLO, and a World
Cup in Hakuba JPN. The Olympics begin next weekend in Pyeong Chang, South Korea.
Bryan and Taylor Fletcher finished 1-2 in Continental Cup Nordic Combined action in Planica
on Saturday Feb 3, and Jasper Good finished 8th. On Sunday Bryan won again, Taylor was
3rd, and Jasper came in 17th.
Teammate Ben Berend finished 23rd on Saturday in a World Cup competition in Hakuba. On
Sunday, Adam Loomis placed 24th and Berend finished 31st.
Ben Loomis finished 3rd in the men’s individual Normal Hill/10K Nordic Combined competition
at the Junior World Championships in Kandersteg on Tuesday, and 4th in the NH/5K on
Saturday. The US finished 7th in team competition on Thursday.
Kevin Bickner placed 25th on Friday in World Cup ski jumping in Willingen, with fellow US
Olympians Will Rhoads 44th and Mike Glasder 47th. Olympic teammate Casey Larson placed
12th Thursday in men’s individual comp at the Junior Worlds in Kandersteg.
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.
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 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.
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).
Late Season Competition News, 2017 ------------------------------
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)
OLYMPICS WRAP UP, DEFINITE BRIGHT SPOTS FOR USA NORDIC!
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.