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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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COMPETITION RECAP - SKI JUMPING & NORDIC COMBINED                                         SKI JUMPING              ALL EVENTS COMPLETED Sat     Feb 10 Men's indiv NH final  Results Mon    Feb 12 Women's indiv NH final  Results Sat     Feb 17 Men's indiv LH final  Results Mon    Feb 19 Men's team LH final  Results NORDIC COMBINED     ALL EVENTS COMPLETED Wed    Feb 14 NH ski jump / 10k race  Results  Tues    Feb 20 LH ski jump / 10k race   Results Thurs  Feb 22 Team LH / 4x5k race      Results ________________________________________________________________________________ Lindvik & Granerud Get Wins in Iron Mountain Continental Cup  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 … see spectacular eagle photo! US Athletes in International Competition Prior to Olympics   Men’s World Cup in GER, JWC in SUI, Men’s NC in 3 venues, BRYAN FLETCHER WINS TWICE! Results - Ski Jumping:   WC   Sat 2/3  JWC  Thu 2/1 men   Fri 2/2 wmn   Sat 2/4 mix team        Nordic Combined:   JWC Tues 1/30 NH/10K    Thurs 2/1 team    Sat 2/3 NH/5K       Nordic Combined:   WC   Sat 2/3 LH/10K   Sun 2/4 LH/10K - Hakuba JPN       Nordic Combined:   COC  Sat 2/3 LH/10K   Sun 2/4 LH/10K - Planica SLO Multiple US Olympians are in action in their last competitions prior to the Olympics, with a Men’s World Cup (jumping) in Germany and the Junior World Championships (jumping and N/C) in Switzerland.  There was also Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Planica SLO, and a World Cup in Hakuba JPN.  The Olympics begin next weekend in Pyeong Chang, South Korea. Bryan and Taylor Fletcher finished 1-2 in Continental Cup Nordic Combined action in Planica on Saturday Feb 3, and Jasper Good finished 8th.  On Sunday Bryan won again, Taylor was 3rd, and Jasper came in 17th. Teammate Ben Berend finished 23rd on Saturday in a World Cup competition in Hakuba.  On Sunday, Adam Loomis placed 24th and Berend finished 31st. Ben Loomis finished 3rd in the men’s individual Normal Hill/10K Nordic Combined competition at the Junior World Championships in Kandersteg on Tuesday, and 4th in the NH/5K on Saturday.  The US finished 7th in team competition on Thursday.   Kevin Bickner placed 25th on Friday in World Cup ski jumping in Willingen, with fellow US Olympians Will Rhoads 44th and Mike Glasder 47th.  Olympic teammate Casey Larson  placed 12th Thursday in men’s individual comp at the Junior Worlds in Kandersteg. 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. Bickner 24th in Oberstdorf Ski Flying Championships Jan 19-21  Weather holds Sunday’s event to two rounds; official results based on only 3 rounds Results:   Men  Fri-Sat 1/19-20  Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, and William Rhoads participated Friday in Oberstdorf GER at 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 (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. Lussi, Glasder, Bryan Fletcher 2018 National NH 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. Nita Englund & Will Rhoads Win 2018 National LH Titles US 2018 National Championships - Park City    Results:  Sat July 29    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 (women) and 135.5M by Glasder (men). Late Season Competition News, 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) For More on the 2017 Season, click to Archive (link at top left)
OLYMPICS WRAP UP, DEFINITE BRIGHT SPOTS FOR USA NORDIC!   Bryan Fletcher Gets Another 17th in NC Large Hill/10K Matches last week’s finish in the Normal Hill /10K      Results:  Tues Feb 20 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  Norway Dominates Large Hill Team Jumping Competition Germany 2nd, Poland 3rd, USA 9th        Results: Mon Feb 19 Norway put an exclamation point on their status as the strongest team in men’s ski jumping at the 2018 Olympics.  They blasted their way to a clear victory over Germany, scoring 1098.5 points to 1075.5 for the Germans.  Poland was a close 3rd, with 1072.4.  Austria placed a distant 4th at 978.4 points.  The USA finished 9th, missing the final round by 20.3 points.  A big thank you to the US team of Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, Casey Larson, and Will Rhoads for representing the US at the Games in Pyeong Chang, and we wish them all well in the remaining World Cup competitions as the season winds down. 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, scoring 285.4 points on flights of 135 & 136.5 meters. He was joined on the podium by Andreas Wellinger (GER) and Robert Johansson (NOR). 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 is team competition on Monday. 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 Norway’s Maren Lundby, the dominant female jumper in the World Cup series, added another win to her impressive results for the year by hitting 105.5 and 110 meters at the Olympics in Pyeong Chang.  Germany’s Katherina Althaus was 2nd, Japan’s Sara Takanashi 3rd. Three Americans competed; Sarah Hendrickson finished 19th, Abby Ringquist 29th, and Nita Englund 31st.  Before the competition, Abby announced this would be her final competitive appearance; she retires as the senior member of the team, with a final jump of 91 meters!  High fives to Abby for a long and stellar career, and kudos to Sarah and Nita, too. Kevin Bickner 18th in Olympic Men’s Normal Hill Final Wellinger wins ahead of Forfang and Johansson     Results:  Sat Feb 10 In the first ski jumping competition of the 2018 Olympics, Kevin Bickner finished 18th in the Normal Hill event, best US Olympic performance since Alan Alborn’s 11th in Salt Lake City in 2002.  Michael Glasder missed the final round by just 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.                     
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Olympics Wind Down, Bright Spots Ahead for USA Nordic!   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  Norway Dominates Large Hill Team Jumping Competition Germany 2nd, Poland 3rd, USA 9th  Results: Mon Feb 19 Norway put an exclamation point on their status as the strongest team in men’s ski jumping at the 2018 Olympics.  They blasted their way to a clear victory over Germany, scoring 1098.5 points to 1075.5 for the Germans.  Poland was a close 3rd, with 1072.4.  Austria placed a distant 4th at 978.4 points.  The USA finished 9th, missing the final round by 20.3 points.  A big thank you to the US team of Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, Casey Larson, and Will Rhoads for representing the US at the Games in Pyeong Chang, and we wish them all well in the remaining World Cup competitions as the season winds down. 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  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 & 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. 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.  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  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. 2017 SEASON ARCHIVE ON NEXT PAGE
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