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Kevin Bickner 23rd in FIS World Cup in Klingenthal GER
Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes places 12th Results: Sun 12/4
The USA’s Kevin Bickner put in a consistent performance on Sunday Dec 4 to finish 23rd in
Men’s World Cup action in Klingenthal GER. Fellow North American Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of
Canada placed 12th. Slovenian youngster Domen Prevc tas the winner, followed by Daniel
Andre Tande of Norway, and Stefan Kraft of Austria. Saturday featured a team competition;
Germany won, ahead of Norway and Austria. Neither the US or Canada participated.
Bryan Fletcher 9th in Klingenthal Nordic Combined 12/4
Germany’s Eric Frenzel wins both days Results: Sat 12/3 Sun 12/4
Nordic Combined World Cup action in Klingenthal on the first weekend of December saw
another double winner, this time Germany’s Eric Frenzel. On Saturday, he was followed by
a pair of Germans, last week’s winner Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Reissle.
American Taylor Fletcher placed 26th Saturday; his brother Bryan was 32nd, and their
teammates Ben Loomis and Ben Berend finished 43rd and 44th, respectively.
Bryan Fletcher was 9th overall on Sunday (22nd in jumping and 6th fastest in the cross-
country race). Taylor scored another 26th, with Berend 49th and Loomis 52nd. Bjoern
Kirchheisen (GER, 2nd) and Joergen Graabak (NOR, 3rd) joined Frenzel on the podium.
Sarah Hendrickson 11th & 8th in Lillehammer World Cup
Takanashi & Ito take top two spots both days Results: Fri 12/2 Sat 12/3
Japan’s Sara Takanashi stood atop the podium in the first Women’s World Cup event of the
2017 season on Friday. Her teammate Yuki Ito and Germany’s Anna Rupprecht placed 2nd &
3rd. Sarah Hendrickson of the USA finished 11th. Americans Nita Englund and Nina Lussi
didn’t make the cut to the final round, finishing 38th and 39th, respectively.
On Saturday, Hendrickson was the only American qualifier. After just missing the top ten on
Friday, she climbed into eighth place on Saturday. She’s back in action after missing all of
last season due to a knee injury. Sarah was the 2012 World Cup series champion, and the
winner of the bi-annual FIS World Championships in 2013, placing 2nd overall for the season
FIS World Cup Nordic Combined - Ruka FIN Nov 26-27
Rydzek wins twice, Bryan Fletcher 23rd, 31st Results: Sat 11/26 Sun 11/27
On Saturday, Bryan Fletcher, USA, stood 32nd after the ski jumping round, which meant he
would start 32nd in the cross-country racing round. He had the 9th fastest time in the race,
giving him a solid 23rd overall. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek was the winner, followed by
Germany’s Eric Frenzel and Norway’s Joergen Graabak.
Sunday found Rydzek at the top of the podium once again, ahead of Wilhelm Denifl (AUT) and
Akito Watabe (JPN). Bryan Fletcher was 40th after the jumping round, so he started in 40th
place in the race. He blasted out the 4th-fastest time, improving his overall result to 31st.
Taylor Fletcher was 43rd after jumping, 34th in the race, finishing 40th overall.
FIS Men’s World Cup Ski Jumping - Ruka FIN Nov 25-26
Friday’s kickoff had 8 jumpers over 300 points! Results: Fri 11/25 Sat 11/26
Fifty jumpers competed in Friday’s opening event of the Men’s FIS World Cup season. The
Prevc brothers from Slovenia took two of the podium spots, with Domen the winner and Peter
finishing 3rd. Germany’s Severin Freund placed 2nd. Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was
the best North American, just missing the final round in 32nd. Kevin Bickner, USA, was 46th.
Domen Prevc’s score of 321.8 points came on flights of 138.5 and 140.5 meters. To put the
strength of this field into perspective, ALL of the 31 jumpers in the final round scored in
excess of 260 points. A good “par” score for a good jumper, is about 240 points. There’s a
discussion of hill sizes and scoring on another page ... see link above left.
Saturday’s winner was Freund, who scored 290.6 points on jumps of 146 and 138 meters.
He was followed by Norway’s Daniel Andre Tande and Austria’s Manuel Fettner. None of the
North Americans made the final round. Boyd-Clowes was 35th, Bickner 38th, Mike Glasder
(USA) 38th, and Rhoads 40th.
Schedules Announced by WSJUSA and Central Division
Women’s Ski Jumping USA: Schedule Central Division: Schedule
The links above will take you to the winter competition schedules for the US women’s ski
jumping team, and also to the Central Division schedule. The largest concentration of
jumping clubs in the USA is in the midwest, and there’s an event most weekends from
January through March. It includes two international competitions ... an FIS Cup in
Eau Claire WI Jan 27-28, and a Continental Cup in Iron Mountain MI Feb 25-26.
Geraghty-Moats, Rhoads win NH Nationals in Lake Placid
Tara is a first-time national champion, Will grabs his third RESULTS 10/9
The NYSEF annual tournament was held on Saturday and the 2017 US Normal Hill National
Championships took place on Sun Oct 9. The women’s title went to Tara Geraghty-Moats, and
the men’s to William Rhoads. ARTICLES: FIS USA Nordic
Note that this is a 2017 championship; most countries now hold their national championships
in the fall BEFORE the winter competition season begins. Our Large Hill Nationals were held
in Park City on July 30; scroll down for details.
FIS Updates on Ski Jumping Facilities Projects in USA
Article features conceptual drawing of new Red Wing jump CLICK TO VIEW
The FIS website recently posted an article on two American ski jump projects, a new K125
jump to be built just south of Red Wing MN, and upgrades to Copper Peak in Ironwood MI.
ALSO: See link to www.americanskijumping.com for article on homepage.
Summer GP Series Finale in Klingenthal GER Oct 2
Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) 6th, Will Rhoads (USA) 24th Results: Sun 10/2
The top two spots in the final event before winter was the Summer Grand Prix finale in
Klingenthal GER. Polish jumpers Maciej Kot and Kamil Stoch took the first two spots on the
podium, with Slovenia’s Peter Prevc 3rd. Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada continued to
show great results, finishing 6th, and William Rhoads of USA Nordic tied for 24th with Manuel
Fettner of Austria. Kevin Bickner of USA Nordic narrowly missed the final round, placing 31st.
Kevin Bickner 27th in Summer GP in Hinzenbach Oct 1
Field included 50 of best World Cup regulars Results: Sat 10/1
USA Nordic’s Kevin Bickner continues to show strong results in ski jumping’s premier series,
the Summer Grand Prix. He made the cut to the final round of 30 on Sat Oct 1 in Hinzenbach
AUT, finishing 27th. Polish stars Maciej Kot and Dawid Kubacki took the top two spots on the
podium, with World Cup champion Peter Prevc of Slovenia in 3rd. Way to go, Kevin!
William Rhoads 19th Fri, 5th Sat in Klingenthal COC
Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes 5th Sat, 7th Sun Results: Fri 9/30 Sat 10/1
William Rhoads of the USA cracked the top 20 in Klingenthal on Fri Sept 30, placing 19th in
Continental Cup action. Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada, who scored a podium finish in
3rd last weekend in Stams AUT, finished 5th. Markus Eisenbichler of Germany took the win.
On Sat Oct 1, Rhoads claimed 5th place, with Boyd-Clowes in 7th ... a pair of North Americans
in the top ten! Slovenia’s Juri Tepes was the winner. Congratulations, Will and Mac!
Mike Glasder 22nd & 23rd in Wisla COC Sept 24-25
Consistency gives uptimism looking ahead! Results: Sat 9/24 Sun 9/25
American Mike Glasder put in solid performances back-to-back in Continental Cup action at
Wisla POL recently, making the final round of 30 in a field of 59 jumpers. He finished 22nd
on Saturday; Italy’s Davide Bresadola was the winner. On Sunday, Glasder placed 23rd;
Germany’s Markus Eisenbichler took the top spot.
American Men & Women in Action in Europe Sept 17-18
Nina Lussi in top 10 twice in Hinterzarten FC-W Results: Sat 9/17 Sun 9/18
The Women’s FIS Cup competition in Hinterzarten featured a lot of Americans, topped by
Nina Lussi’s 7th & 8th place finishes. On Saturday, Germany’s Carina Vogt (2014 Olympic
gold medalist) was the winner. Behind Lussi (7th) were Emilee Anderson 18th, Gabriella
Armstrong 19th, Samantha Macuga 20th, Cara Larson 23rd, Logan Sankey 24th, Anna Hoffman
25th, Sophie Nester 26th, and Mollie Immens 27th. On Sunday, Germany’s Anna Rupprecht
took the top spot. Lussi (8th) was followed by Anderson 17th, Armstrong 18th, Larson 20th,
Sankey 21st, Hoffman 22nd, Macuga 23rd, Nester 24th, and Immens 26th.
Kevin Bickner, William Rhoads Shine in Stams COC Results: Sat 9/17 Sun 9/18
Germany’s Markus Eisenbichler was a double winner in Continental Cup action in Stams AUT.
Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes took third, with Kevin Bickner 17th, William Rhoads 25th.
and Mike Glasder 43rd. On Sunday, Boyd-Clowes was 5th, with Rhoads moving up to 11th,
Bickner improving to 15th, and Glasder up to 40th. Boyd=Clowes trains & travels with US team.
Nita Englund 7th & 4th in Summer GP in Russia Sept 10/11
Tara Geraghty-Moats places 13th & 15th Results: Sat 9/10 Sun 9/11
Japan’s Sara Takanashi took first place both days in Women’s Summer Grand Prix competition
in Chaikovsky Russia Sept 10 & 11. The USA’s Nita Englund just missed the podium on Sunday,
finishing 4th, and teammate Tara Geraghty-Moats placed 15th. On Saturday, Nita was 7th,
and Tara 13th. Congratulations, Nita and Tara!
Kevin Bickner 16th and 7th in Summer GP in Hakuba JPN
16th on Saturday, 7th Sunday
Results: Sat 8/27 Results: Sun 8/28
Kevin Bickner set the table on Saturday with a top-20 result in Summer Grand Prix action in
Japan, but put on quite a show Sunday, leading after the first round with the longest flight of
the day at 135 meters, and putting in a solid second jump of 118 meters to finish 7th.
> > > Read full coverage on USANORDIC.COM
Casey Larson Scores FIS Points Twice in Kuopio FIN
22nd in FIS Cup Thurs Aug 18
Results: Thurs 8/18 Results: Fri 8/19
26th in Continental Cup Sun Aug 21
Results: Sat 8/20 Results: Sun 8/21
Casey Larson of the USA Nordic ski team scored his first FIS points by finishing in the top 30
in an FIS Cup competition in Kuopio FIN on Aug 18. He finished in the points again on Sunday
in a Continental Cup event at the same venue. See team coverage at USANordic.org
USA Nordic Update by Adam Loomis, NC Team Member
Read “New Kids on the Block” ... click here for complete article
We’re going to provide links to new releases from USA Nordic ... it looks like an exciting year
ahead for our jumpers and Nordic Combiners; we want to continue to provide a springboard
to their website so you can get the latest directly from the source!.
Kevin Bickner 8th in Summer GP in Einsiedeln Sat Aug 6
Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes 14th Results: Sat 8/6 Details: USA Nordic
The US Nordic program is celebrating a top-ten finish in the Summer Grand Prix, the summer
equivalent of World Cup. Kevin Bickner grabbed 8th place, and Mackenzie-Boyd Clowes of
Canada, who trains with the US team, placed 14th. Results and details at links above.
Masters National Championships in St Paul New Year’s Day
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.
American Ski Jumping HOF 2016 Induction Held Sat Aug 6
Olympic gold medalist Billy Demong & architect Dave Solner featured speakers
A large crowd gathered on a beautiful evening at the Mt Frontenac golf course south of Red
Wing MN for the tenth American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame was held.
Billy Demong 2012 Olympic gold medalist, spoke about his role in the USA Nordic
organization, which develops and supports the US ski jumping and Nordic Combined teams,
and is dedicated to growing and supporting the sport in the USA.
Dave Solner, architect and former jumper, showed and explained
proposed plans for the new Olympic-sized jump to be built on the
property, which is in the hills overlooking the Mississippi River. The
golf course is owned by the Prairie Island tribe, which owns the
nearby Treasure Island casino. They will be major partners in the
development of this huge and spectacular new jump.
More about event and new jump: www.americanskijumping.com
National Championships to Rhoads, Jerome, T Fletcher
2017 Large-Hill titles decided at Utah Olympic Park Results: Sat 7/30/16
Will Rhoads claimed his second consecutive national lare-hill title, and Jessica Jerome added
another to her dozen previous titles. She’s been flying on this hill for a long time ... was a
forerunner at the 2002 Olympics ... when wome weren’t allowed to compete!
The scoresheet (link above) will show Canada’s Taylor Henrich in 1st place in the women’s
class, Jessica in 2nd; but as the top US finisher, Jess earned the US title, her thirteenth.
Cara Larson and Logan Sankey were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the US Nationals.
Will Rhoads took top honors among the men, with Kevin Bickner 2nd and Casey Larson 3rd in
the US title competition. Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes blasted his way into 3rd overall,
despite falling after landing on a flight of 139.5 meters.
The Nordic Combined championship went to Taylor Fletcher, followed by Bryan Fletcher and
Ben Berend (results included at the end of scoresheet via link above).
A non-championship event was held on Friday on the “normal hill.” Results: Fri 7/29/16
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Englund 7th in Almaty Feb 28, Sets Hill Record at 103.5M
Geraghty-Moats 15th ... both move up after first round Results: Sun 2/28
For the second day in a row in Women’s World Cup, both Americans had great final round
jumps to move up in the final round. Nita’s flight of 103.5 meters was a new hill record,
and moved her up from 13th to 8th. Tara moved from 18th to 15th with a 95 meter jump.
Englund 8th, Geraghty-Moats 11th in Almaty Feb 27
Both Americans move up after 2nd round jumps of 98.5M Results: Sat 2/27
Nita Englund was 19th and Tara Geraghty-Moats 21st after the first round of Women’s World
Cup competition in Almaty KAZ on Saturday. But they each blasted their way to 98.5 meters
on their second jump, vaulting them to 8th and 11th place, respectively. Unseasonably warm
spring weather made for rather soggy conditions, but there were a lot of very long jumps.
Nita has had a number of top-10 finishes this year, and Tara’s 11th was a career best. They’ll
jump again Sunday.
USA’s Mike Glasder Wins Iron Mountain COC Feb 20
William Rhoads 6th, Christian Friberg 26th event website Results: Sat 2/20
It’s been about 30 years since an American
jumper captured top honors at Pine Mountain,
but that string came to an end on Saturday
Feb 20 with Michael Glasder, of Cary IL, a
member of the USA Nordic ski jumping team
winning ahead of Poland’s Bartolomiej Klusek
and Slovenia’s Ernest Prislic.
William Rhoads of the USA, from Park City UT,
placed 6th, and teammate Christian Friberg
was 26th Congratulations to these three US
jumpers, and to coach Clint Jones.
Pictured: Mike (L), Clint ... Ken Anderson photo
Glasder earned 100 points in the standings for his first place finish, and that vaulted him from
57th place to 39th in the season standings. CURRENT STANDINGS (after 21 of 28 events)
There were at least 10 jumps over 130 meters today, and another dozen or more in the 120+
meter range. Temperature was around 40 with cloud cover; it was a GREAT day with a huge
crowd on hand.
Austrians Fill Podium in Iron Mountain Sunday Feb 21
Altenburger wins; Glasder 17th, Rhoads 25th, Friberg 28th Results: Sun 2/21
Fans at Pine Mountain were treated to another excellent competition on Sunday. The
Austrian team had nobody in the top ten Saturday, but the took all three podium spots on
Sunday. Florian Altenburger was the winner, with teammates Andreas Tollinger and Clemens
Aigner 2nd & 3rd respectively. The USA’s Mike Glasder, Saturday’s winner, took 15th place,
with Will Rhoads 25th and Christian Friberg 29th. CURRENT STANDINGS (after 22 of 28 events)
FIS World Junior Championships - Rasnov ROU
US men: Kevin Bickner, Patrick Gasienica, Casey Larson, Nick Mattoon
US women: Gabriella Armstrong, Mollie Immens, Cara Larson, Logan Sankey
Ski Jumping - Women:
Logan Sankey 30th
Ski Jumping - Men:
Kevin Bickner 6th
Ski Jumping - Men’s Team:
Ski Jumping - Mixed Team:
FIS Youth Olympic Games - Lillehammer NOR
US team: Casey Larson, Ben Loomis, Logan Sankey
Ben Loomis 2nd
results 2/16 jump round
Ski Jumping - Men:
Casey Larson 6th
Ski Jumping - Women:
Logan Sankey 12th
Ski Jumping - Men’s Team:
Lahti Women’s WC ... Americans 12th, 15th, 30th
Englund 12th, Geraghty-Moats 15th, Hughes 30th Results: Fri 2/19
The Lahti FIN Women’s World Cup got off to a soggy start, but the competition was held on
Friday Feb 19, and Japans Sara Takanashi once again flew to the top of the podium. Three
Americans finished in the points, with Nita Englund capturing 12th position, Tara Geraghty
Moats 15th, and Abby Hughes getting her first World Cup point of the season by placing 30th
... just before hopping a flight back to the US to get ready for her April wedding!
Nita Englund 7th in Ljubno SLO World Cup Sat 2/13
Takanashi 2nd and 4th; wins to Vtic & Iraschko Results: Sat 2/13 Sun 2/14
The USA’s Nita Englund scored another top-ten finish, placing 7th on Saturday in the first
day of Women’s World Cup action in Ljubno SLO. Maja Vtic of Slovenia edged Japan’s Sara
Takanashi, breaking her win streak. Takanashi was 2nd, with Slovenia’s Spela Rogelj 3rd.
On Sunday, Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was the winner; Vtic was 2nd and Slovenia’s Spela
Rogelj was 3rd. Englund placed 20th, with Tara Geraghty-Moats 35th and Abby Hughes 38th.
SEE WORLD CUP LIVE ON NBC SPORTS!
Live HD on NBCSN (cable), live streaming at NBCSports.com/live-extra
Check your cable guide for NBCSN
If your cable plan includes NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), you’ll be able to watch FIS winter
sports coverage LIVE. Some events are carried on their HD channel, others are live-streamed.
There is NO coverage of Women’s World Cup ... BOO, HISS! Maybe next year? But it’s a start.
Click here for: Olympic Sports Broadcast Schedule (you’ll find a lot of other winter sports
listed, and it will indicate dates, times, and whether the event is on HD or streaming)
If BROADCAST, find your NBCSN channel and enjoy!
If STREAMING, click here to access: www.nbcsports.com/live-extra (you’ll need to
identify your provider, then you’ll need to login with the same ID and password you use to
access your account on your provider’s website ... that will verify that you are a paying
subscriber, and allow you to view all streamed content). It may take a few minutes to get
familiar with the streaming website, but once in, you’ll find crystal-clear video, good sound,
and best of all, NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS! Visit FIS site for start lists, live scoring, & results.
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Isn’t Ski Jumping
The PERCEPTION is
that ski jumping is an
sport. The reality is
far different ... learn
** READ ARTICLE
How Do People
Start Ski Jumping?
Nobody just picks up a
pair of skis and gives it
a try. Not on big hills,
anyway. Most jumpers
start young, on very
small jumps, and learn
gradually to larger
jumps as their skills
continue to develop.
** RECRUITING VIDEO
Here’s a short video
from a junior jumping
event in St Paul MN at
their annual Christmas
Beginner’s Camp ...
** LITTLE KID VIDEO
The following video
was a 20th Century
Fox Newsreel feature
in about 1950.
** HISTORIC VIDEO
When Do People
Hang Up Their
The answer to this
one is quite simple ...
when they want to!
Once a jumper is
30 years of age or
older, he or she
becomes eligible to
participate in Masters
age 30-39 are class M1,
40-49 M2, 50-59 M3,
60-69 M4, 70-79 M5,
etc. There’s now a
pre-Masters class for
jumpers age 25-29.
Tom Ricchio is a
corporate jet pilot who
jumps in class M4. Tom
has competed multiple
times in the Masters
** READ ARTICLE
about Tom, and his
participation in the
2010 US Masters Nat’l
Don West retired in
2011 as the oldest
jumper in the US. A
resident of Plattsburgh
NY, Don was a retired
college professor. He
was a class M5 jumper
(in his seventies), and
times in Masters World
passed away on Aug
30, 2014, at age 77 ...
click to read obituary
For those who enjoy
ski jumping, it can be
a lifetime sport.
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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