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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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Bickner, Boyd-Clowes in Top Ten at Hakuba JPN Summer GP Nice showing in first appearance of season!   Results:  Fri 8/23 trng   Sat 8/24   Sun 8/25 A pair of North Americans, Kevin Bickner (USA) and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (Canada) made their presence known in a big way during three days of Summer Grand Prix competition in Hakuba JPN.  SGP is the summer circuit for the same athletes who ski World Cup in winter. Both did well in Friday’s three rounds of training.  Kevin placed 12th, 6th, and 10th with a longest jump of 123 meters.  Mackenzie was 7th, 4th, and 20th, longest was 125.5 meters. On Saturday, Mackenzie finished 12th with 239.2 points on flights of 127 and 119.5 meters. Kevin was 23rd, scoring 215 points on jumps of 126 and 112.5 meters.  Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi was the winner (279.8 points, 131.5 and 128 meters), ahead of Russia’s Evegeniy Klimov and Japan’s Daiki Ito.  In Sunday’s comp, they put the frosting on the cake with Mackenzie 9th and Kevin 10th.  Mackenzie rolled up 255 points (128 and 121 meters), and Kevin scored 251.2 points (jumps of 119 and 129.5 meters).  Kobayashi (287.9 points, 134.5 and 131.5 meters) and Klimov took the top two spots again, followed by Daniel Huber of Austria. TARA WINS Women’s FIS NC Competition on Sunday August 19 Strong 2nd in jumping, dominates race!  Results Sun Aug 19:  jumping   final results  How do you top a 2nd place on Saturday in the first-ever FIS Nordic Combined competition for women?  You DOMINATE on Sunday, and stand on top of the podium!  Tara Geraghty-Moats placed a close 2nd in the jump round, flying 94.5 meters, just behind Germany’s Jenny Nowak at 96 meters.  That gave Nowak a teeny 4 second advantage at the start of the 4.5K race.  Tara then ran away from the field, finishing with a 1:14 advantage over second-place finisher Stefaniya Nadymova, yesterday’s winner.  Nowak was 3rd.  CONGRATULATIONS, TARA!!!     Read Park Record article Tara & Stefaniya celebrate their victories together!   Sandra Volk photo - click to enlarge Tara Geraghty-Moats on Podium in Women’s Nordic Combined! First-ever FIS Summer GP women’s NC comp!   Results Sat Aug 18:  jumping   final results  After placing 4th in Saturday’s jump round, Tara Geraghty-Moats started the 4.5K race 1:13 behind jump round winner Stefaniya Nadymova of Russia.  She blasted her way forward to finish only 3.0 sec behind Nadymova, placing 2nd in the first official FIS women’s NC event!  For those who may not yet know her name, Tara was a strong jumper early in her career, and decided to pursue biathlon when it wasn’t clear there would be opportunities for women in ski jumping.  She came back to jumping a couple years ago, and when FIS announced the beginning of international Nordic Combined for women, she was elated … and ready!  An unfortunate elbow fracture sidelined her last year, but she has come back with a vengeance, and showed in the first-ever women’s FIS NC competition that she’s a formidable competitor. We’ll be watching as this first full season of women’s NC unfolds.  Remember this name! Kevin Bickner 11th in Courchevel FRA Summer GP August 11 Nice showing in first appearance of the season!   Results:  Sat Aug 11  Kevin Bickner just missed the top ten in a Summer Grand Prix event in Courchevel, his first competition this season.  He scored 222.6 points on flights of 125 and 122 meters.  Russia’s Evgeniy Klimov was the winner with jumps of 132 and 129 meters, scoring 259.9 points.  Daniel Huber of Austria was 2nd, and Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic came in 3rd.  2018 ASJ HOF Induction Held Saturday Aug 4 in Red Wing MN Four “de facto” inductees, five selected from nominations “De Facto” inductees are athletes that have represented the US by being selected to an Olympic team or FIS World Championship team, have won national championships, or have set American distance records.  These can be athletes still actively competing; we will work with them to bring their online biographies up to date during their career until they retire.  Four athletes achieved that status this year as members of the US Olympic Team that ompeted in Pyeong Chang; Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder, Casey Larson, and Abby Ringquist.  Selected via the traditional nomination process were Korey Arneson, Doug Dion, Ernest Dion, Hans Hansen, and Mark Levasseur.  Some have made their mark as athletes, others by their contributions to the sport, such as coaching, judging, volunteering in a variety of significant roles. A group of USA Nordic’s top male and female ski jumpers were in attendance! In addition to those four “de facto” inductees, the group included: Athletes: Sarah Hendrickson, Nita Englund (both previous inductees), Tara Geraghty-Moats, Logan Sankey, Samantha Macuga, Taylor Fletcher, Jared Shumate, Grant Andrews, Coaches: Alan Alborn, Bill Demong (previous inductees), Blake Hughes, Uros ‘Balki’ Vrhovec. ______________________________________________________________________________   We invite you to visit the website, www.americanskijumping.com, for more on the history of ski jumping in the United States, from 1887 to the present! __________________________________________________________________________ Nita Englund & Kevin Bickner Win 2019 National LH Titles   Complete Results:  Sunday July 29, 2018     Read USA Nordic Press Release  The 2018 US National Large-Hill Championships were held on Saturday July 29.  The top six finishers in women’s class were Abigail Strate (CAN), Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats,  Natasha Bodnarchuk (CAN), Nicole Maurer (CAN), and Annika Belshaw.  Englund is the 2019 US Champion (only US athletes eligible for the US National Championship title).  In the men’s class, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) took the top spot, followed by Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson, Decker Dean, and Mike Glasder.  The US 2019 Champion is Bickner.  Long jumps were 130.5M by Strate (women) and 132.5M by Boyd-Clowes (men).  O, Canada!   Englund, Bickner, T Fletcher 2019 National NH/NC Champs! Complete Results:  Saturday July 28, 2018      Read USA Nordic Press Release       The 2019 Normal Hill ski jumping and Nordic Combined national championships on Saturday preceded Sunday’s Large-Hill event.  The men’s competition had a separate class for Nordic Combined competitors. Canadians Abigail Strate and Natasha Bodnarchuk took the two top spots in women’s competition, followed by Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats, and Annika Belshaw.  The 2019 US Championship goes to Englund, as only US jumpers are eligible for that title.. Kevin Bickner took the men’s jumping championship ahead of Casey Larson and Decker Dean.  Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada finished 2nd overall. Ben Loomis won the NC division ahead of Jasper Good and Taylor Fletcher. Long jumps were by Strate (98.5M, women’s class), Bickner (98.5M, men’s) and Loomis (91.5M, Nordic Combined).   Summer GP, World Cup to Include Women on BIG Hills!    The 2018 Summer Grand Prix series will include both men and women at the same venues, and on the largest jumps! The two FIS Race Directors for Ski Jumping (Chika Yoshida for the ladies and Walter Hofer for men) wanted to carry out more Summer Grand Prix and World Cup competitions of the men and ladies together on the same hills. At a press conference on 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 potential wins.” They presented the proposal at the mid-May FIS Congress in Costa Navarino GRE, and it was accepted.  In addition, the cap on hill size for women was eliminated, so this summer, so from this summer forward, they will compete at the same venues, on the same weekends. In previous years, the women's competitions were almost exclusively carried out on normal hills. Exceptions were the events in Oberstdorf and the Holmenkollen in Oslo in 2017, and in Lillehammer as well as at the Holmenkollen in 2018. FIS Introduces Women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup NC finally includes women; season will open in Park City and Steamboat Springs! Similar to the way FIS introduced women’s ski jumping, it will begin as a Continental Cup series.  The kickoff will feature TWO weekends of competition in the USA.  The opener will be in Park City on Dec 8-9, HS100/5K.  Steamboat will feature HS75/5K on Dec 15-16. ________________________________  2018 News ________________________________ 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 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. 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. Bryan Fletcher 12th; Superb NC Career Coming to a Close 15th after jumping, 11th fastest in XC race in Trondheim       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.  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. 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.                   

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TARA WINS Women’s FIS NC Competition in Oberwiesenthal GER Sun 08-19-2018 Strong 2nd in jumping, dominates race!  Results Sun  Aug 19:  jumping   final results  How do you top a 2nd place on Saturday in the first-ever FIS Nordic Combined competition for women?  You DOMINATE on Sunday, and stand on top of the podium!  Tara Geraghty-Moats placed a close 2nd in the jump round, flying 94.5 meters, just behind Germany’s Jenny Nowak at 96 meters.  That gave Nowak a teeny 4 second advantage at the start of the 4.5K race.  Tara then ran away from the field, finishing with a 1:14 advantage over second-place finisher Stefaniya Nadymova, yesterday’s winner.  Nowak was 3rd.  CONGRATULATIONS, TARA!!!  Tara & Stefaniya celebrate their victories together!   Sandra Volk photo - click to enlarge Tara Geraghty-Moats on Podium in First- Ever Women’s Nordic Combined! Results Sat Aug 18:  jumping    final results  After placing 4th in Friday’s jump round, Tara Geraghty- Moats started Saturday’s 4.5 Km race 1:13 behind jump round winner Stefaniya Nadymova of Russia.  She blasted her way forward to finish only 3.0 sec behind Nadymova, placing 2nd in the first official FIS women’s NC event!  They’ll be in action again tomorrow.  Good luck, Tara! For those who don’t know her name, Tara was a strong jumper early in her career, and decided to pursue biathlon when it wasn’t clear there would be opportunities for women in ski jumping.  She came back to jumping a couple years ago, and when FIS announced the beginning of international Nordic Combined for women, she was elated … and ready!  An unfortunate elbow fracture sidelined her last year, but she has come back with a vengeance, and showed in the first-ever women’s FIS NC competition that she’s a formidable competitor. We’ll be watching as this first full season of women’s NC unfolds. Kevin Bickner 11th in Courchevel FRA Summer GP August 11 His first appearance of the season!   Results: Sat Aug 11  Kevin Bickner just missed the top ten in a Summer Grand Prix event in Courchevel, his first competition this season.  He scored 222.6 points on flights of 125 and 122 meters.  Russia’s Evgeniy Klimov was the winner with jumps of 132 and 129 meters, scoring 259.9 points.  Daniel Huber of Austria was 2nd, and Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic came in 3rd. 2018 ASJ HOF Induction Held Saturday August 4 in Red Wing MN Four “de facto” inductees, five selected from nominations “De Facto” inductees are athletes that have represented the US by being selected to an Olympic team or FIS World Championship team, have won national championships, or have set American distance records.  These can be athletes still actively competing; we will work with them to bring their online biographies up to date during their career until they retire.  Four athletes achieved that status this year as members of the US Olympic Team that ompeted in Pyeong Chang; Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder, Casey Larson, and Abby Ringquist.  Selected via the traditional nomination process were  Korey Arneson, Doug Dion, Ernest Dion, Hans Hansen, and Mark Levasseur.  Some have made their mark as athletes, others by their contributions to the sport, such as coaching, judging, volunteering in a variety of significant roles. A group of USA Nordic’s top male and female ski jumpers were in attendance! In addition to those four “de facto” inductees, the group included: Athletes: Sarah Hendrickson, Nita Englund (both previous inductees), Tara Geraghty-Moats,Logan Sankey, Samantha Macuga, Taylor Fletcher, Jared Shumate, Grant Andrews, Coaches: Alan Alborn, Bill Demong (both previous inductees), Blake Hughes, Uros ‘Balki’ Vrhovec. ____________________________________________________   We invite you to visit the website,  www.americanskijumping.com,  for more on the history of ski jumping in the United States, from  1887 to the present! ____________________________________________________   Nita Englund & Kevin Bickner Win 2019 National LH Titles Large Hill National Championships - Park City    Complete Results:  Sunday July 29, 2018   Read USA Nordic Press Release The 2018 US National Large-Hill Championships were held on Saturday July 29.  The top six finishers in women’s class were Abigail Strate (CAN), Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty- Moats, Natasha Bodnarchuk (CAN), Nicole Maurer (CAN), and Annika Belshaw.  Englund is the 2019 US Champion (only US athletes eligible for the US National Championship title).  In the men’s class, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) took the top spot, followed by Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson, Decker Dean, and Mike Glasder.  The US 2019 Champion is Bickner.  Longest jumps were 130.5M by Strate (women) and 132.5M by Boyd-Clowes (men).  O, Canada! Englund, Bickner, Taylor Fletcher  2019 National NH/NC Champs! Normal Hill National Championships - Park City Complete Results:  Saturday July 28, 2018  Read USA Nordic Press Release      The 2019 Normal Hill ski jumping and Nordic Combined national championships on Saturday preceded Sunday’s Large-Hill event.  The men’s competition had a separate class for Nordic Combined competitors. Canadians Abigail Strate and Natasha Bodnarchuk took the two top spots in women’s competition, followed by Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats, and Annika Belshaw.  The 2019 US Championship goes to Englund. Kevin Bickner took the men’s jumping championship ahead of Casey Larson and Decker Dean.  Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada finished 2nd overall. Ben Loomis won the NC division ahead of Jasper Good and Taylor Fletcher. Long jumps were by Strate (98.5M, women’s class), Bickner (98.5M, men’s) and Loomis (91.5M, Nordic Combined). USA Nordic / Mayo Clinic Partnership Announced  Mayo Clinic becomes the official medical provider for USA Nordic Click this link to read press release   Summer Grand Prix, World Cup to Include Women on BIG Hills!    The 2018 Summer Grand Prix series will include both men and women at the same venues, and on the largest jumps! The two FIS Race Directors for Ski Jumping (Chika Yoshida for the ladies and Walter Hofer for men) wanted to carry out more Summer Grand Prix and World Cup competitions of the men and ladies together on the same hills. At a press conference on 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 potential wins.” They presented the proposal at the mid-May FIS Congress in Costa Navarino GRE, and it was accepted.  In addition, the cap on hill size for women was eliminated, so this summer, so from this summer forward, they will compete at the same venues, on the same weekends. In previous years, the women's competitions were almost exclusively carried out on normal hills. Exceptions were the events in Oberstdorf and the Holmenkollen in Oslo in 2017, and in Lillehammer as well as at the Holmenkollen in 2018. FIS Introduces Women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup NC finally includes women; season will open in Park City and Steamboat Springs! Similar to the way FIS introduced women’s ski jumping, it will begin as a Continental Cup series.  The kickoff will feature TWO weekends of competition in the USA. The opener will be in Park City on Dec 8-9, HS100/5K. Steamboat will feature HS75/5K on Dec 15-16. ___________________  2018 News _________________ 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 Stefa 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 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. Bryan Fletcher 7th in Final Career Nordic Combined 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. Kevin Bickner 26th in Trondheim NOR World Cup March 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 12th; Superb Nordic Combined Career Coming to a Close 15th after jumping, 11th fastest in XC race in Trondheim       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.  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 in front of home fans!    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 Nordic Combined, 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. 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 v Bryan Fletcher Gets Another 17th, This Time in NC Large Hill/10K Matches last week’s finish in the Normal Hill /10K      Results:  Tues Feb 20    Team relay competition Thursday 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  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.  Andreas Wellinger (GER) was 2nd, and Robert Johansson (NOR) placed 3rd. 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 was four-man team competition.  The US placed 9th, just missing the final round, but it was the best-ever US finish in team competition at the Olympics. 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 Sarah Hendrickson placed 19th, Abby Ringquist 29th, and Nita Englund 31st in the women’s Normal Hill competition.  Norway’s Maren Lundby, the dominant female jumper in the World Cup series, was the winner.  Germany’s Katherina Althaus was 2nd, Japan’s Sara Takanashi 3rd. Kevin Bickner 18th in Olympic Men’s Normal Hill Final, Wellinger Wins                                                                                         Forfang 2nd, Johansson 3rd       Results:   Sat Feb 10 In the men’s Normal Hill individual event, Kevin Bickner placed 20th.  Michael Glasder missed the final round by 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.   FINAL SKI JUMPING RESULTS NH men         Bickner 18th NH women       Hendrickson 19th, Ringquist 29th LH men         Bickner 20th LH men team   US 9th FINAL NORDIC COMBINED RESULTS NH ski jump / 10k race       Bryan Fletcher 17th LH ski jump  / 10k race      Bryan Fletcher 17th Team LH / 4x5k race         USA 10th ____________________________________________   Lindvik & Granerud Winners in Iron Mt  FIS Continental Cup Feb 10-11  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  US Ski Jumpers in World Cup 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.  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 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 .
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