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------------------------------------ 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 Bryan Fletcher 7th in Final Career 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. 2018 Winter Olympics - Pyeong Chang South Korea 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 ---------------------------- Late Season 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) 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

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------------------------ 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 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. 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. 2018 Winter Olympics, Pyeong Chang 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 KEVIN BICKNER FLIES 244.5M 3/19/17 IN VIKERSUND … 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 2017 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) 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
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