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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 ...
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
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 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).
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:
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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)