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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:
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