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H E A D L I N E S     SCROLL DOWN for more in “Talkin’ About”   FIS NORDIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FALUN SWE  Feb 18 - Mar 1  scroll down for schedule Bryan Fletcher 5th in Large-Hill/10K Individual NC Championship Thurs Feb 26 US 7th in Mixed-Team Ski Jumping Sun Feb 22; Hendrickson Scores Longest Flight Nordic Combined ... US 7th in Team Competition Sun Feb 22nd Hendrickson 6th, Jerome 9th, Englund 12th, Geraghty-Moats 18th, Hughes 34th in Falun Anze Semenic and Andreas Wank Win COC Double-Header in Iron Mountain Feb 21 Sarah Hendrickson on Podium TWICE at Women’s World Cup in Ljubno  Feb 14-15 World Record Falls TWICE in Vikersund ... Prevc 250 Meters, Fannemel 251.5   Feb 14-15 E Y E C A T C H E R S !     Scenes from ski jumping & Nordic combined    T A L K I N ‘  A B O U T    Features, editorials, trending topics, etc.   FIS Nordic World Championships ... Falun Sweden Feb 18 - March 1       >  Event Schedule       > Live Streaming Video:   US Ski Team    Universal Sports         Bryan Fletcher 13th After Jump, 8th in NC Race, Finishes 5th in NC LH/10K Feb 26 The USA’s Bryan Fletcher posted the 8th fastest time in the XC race portion of the Large Hill/10K individual event at the Nordic World Championships in Falun on Thurs Feb 26th.  He had placed 13th in the jump portion of the event, with only 12 skiers ahead of him at the XC start line.  His time in the race carried him to 5th overall, just 23.4 seconds behind the winner, Austria’s Bernhard Gruber.  Second place went to Francois Braud of France and third to Johannes Rydzek of Germany.  Other Americans were Taylor Fletcher 29th, Bill Demong 33rd, and Adam Loomis 41st.     > > >  RESULTS:  Thurs 2/26        Hendrickson and Englund Shine in Mixed Team Competition Feb 22, US Places 7th Eleven nations competed in the mixed-team event in Falun on Sunday Feb 22.  Each team consisted of two women and two men.  The US women served notice in the first round that they were ready ... Nita Englund flew 94 meters and Sarah Hendrickson blasted all the way to 98.5, which would stand as the longest jump of today’s competition.  VIEW on YouTube In the second round, they followed up with jumps of 87.5 and 94 meters.  It was a tough day for their teammates, Nick Alexander and William Rhoads.  Neither had a good first jump, but Alexander pounded one down to 90.5 meters in the second round, only to fall and incur an apparent knee injury.  The US finished 16.1 points ahead of France, and only only 2.5 points behind the Russian team which finished 6th.     > > >  RESULTS:  Sun 2/22        NC 4x5 Team Comp Sun Feb 22 ... US Team Finishes 7th The American team of Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, Adam Loomis, and Billy Demong, finished 7th overall in the team relay competition on Sunday.  Germany got the win, followed by Norway and France.     > > >  RESULTS:  Sun 2/22       Norway’s Rune Velta Wins Men’s NH Ski Jumping Championship on Saturday The men’s Normal Hill championship was determined on Saturday afternoon, with the top spot going to Norway’s Rune Velta by four-tenths of a point over Germany’s Severin Freund.  Austria’s Stefan Kraft was third.    > > > RESULTS:  Sat 2/21       NC Individual Fri Feb 21 ... T Fletcher 19th, B Fletcher 21st, Demong 25th Taylor and Bryan Fletcher were the top US finishers at 19th and 21st in the first Nordic Combined individual event at the World Championships in Falun.   Billy Demong (gold medalist from Vancouver 2010) placed 25th, and Ben Berend checked in at 45th. Germany’s Johannes Rydzek was the winner.    > > > RESULTS:  Fri 2/20         Carina Vogt is 2015 Women’s Champion ... US Places 2 in Top Ten, 4 in Top Twenty Carina Vogt, Germany’s gold medal winner in Sochi, won the 2015 FIS Women’s World Championship on Friday in Falun, ahead of Japan’s Yuki Ito and Austria’s Daniela Iraschko- Stolz.  Sarah Hendrickson placed 6th, Jessica Jerome 9th, Nita Englund 12th, Tara Geraghty- Moats 18th, and Abby Hughes 34th.     > > >  RESULTS:  Fri 2/20    Semenic and Wank Win in Iron Mountain Continental Cup Feb 20-22       Weather cancels Friday & Sunday; two competitions held Saturday!    club website          There’s ONE annual FIS Continental Cup tournament in the US each year, at Iron Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.  FIS had once again scheduled THREE DAYS of competition on Pine Mountain, just north of town.  It’s the size of an Olympic “Large” hill.  The only other jumps of this size in the USA are in Lake Placid NY and Park City UT. Mother Nature was a beast on Friday, which started cold but clear.  The morning trial round went well, with a number of long jumps promising a great afternoon competition.  Then she changed her mind.  It clouded up, and a very fine snow started filling the track, causing inconsistent speed in the inrun.  After a few jumpers in the first competition round the decision was made to hold for a half hour, but it got worse after briefly looking better, so Friday’s competition was postponed to Saturday morning. Saturday was mostly sunny, and MUCH warmer.  Slovenia’s Anze Semenic was the winner of the morning competition, followed by Poland’s Maciej Kot and Ulrich Wohlgenannt of Germany.  Michael Glasder was the top US finisher at 13th, and Dusty Korek of Canada placed 24th.  > > > RESULTS:  Sat a.m. 2/ 21  (postponed from Fri) The Saturday afternoon competiton went on as scheduled, and temperatures rose into the twenties.  Germany’s Andreas Wank took the top spot, followed by the morning’s winner, Semenic, and Norway’s Joachim Hauer.  Korek moved up to 19th, and a pair of Americans, Glasder and Anders Johnson, were 27th & 28th.  > > > RESULTS:  Sat p.m. 2/21  Mother Nature reverted to pure nastiness again on Sunday, with below zero temperatures and strong north winds ... and it was clear by mid-morning that there would be no more ski jumping this weekend.  Hendrickson 3rd TWICE in Ljubno World Cup Feb 14, Englund 12th & 10th        Geraghty-Moats 17th & 23rd, Hughes 20th & 31st      RESULTS:  Sat 2/14   Sun 2/15  Sarah Hendrickson stood on the podium on Sat Feb 14 at the World Cup competition in Ljubno SLO.  Japan’s Sara Takanashi won, ahead of Austria’s Danie Iraschko-Stolz and Hendrickson.  Nita Englund placed 12th, Tara Geraghty-Moats 17th, Abby Hughes 20th, and Nina Lussi 35th. On Sunday, Hendrickson was on the podium again, behind Takanashi and Iraschko-Stolz, who tied for the win.  Hendrickson was only 1.1 points short of making it a three-way tie!  Englund placed 10th, Geraghty-Moats tied for 23rd, Hughes just missed the final round in 31st, and Lussi placed 38th.  It’s now off to Falun SWE for the World Nordic Championships! ANOTHER NEW WORLD RECORD in Vikersund ... Anders Fannemel Flies 251.5M     >>> Dimitriy Vassiliev (RUS) Flies 254M in Sunday Qualification, But Falls <<<         Germany’s Freund Wins on Sunday, Fannemel 2nd   Results  Sat 2/14   Sun 2/15                Video:  Prevc 250M  Saturday   Fannemel 251.5M Sunday  Friday’s qualifying session on Friday 2/13 for the weekend’s World Cup ski flying competiton in Vikersund NOR produced several VERY long flights.  Norway’s Anders Fannemel came within a half-meter of the world distance record of 246.5 meters, set by fellow Norwegian Johan Remen Evensen in 2011.  Slovenia’s Peter Prevc flew 245.5, and 42 year old Japanese star Noriaki Kasai blasted one out to 235M.  Americans Mike Glasder and Anders Johnson didn’t qualify for the competition, finishing 44th and 48th among jumpers competing for 30 spots in the starting field of 40 (the top ten in World Cup points are pre-qualified). Saturday’s competition lived up to the promise of Friday’s qualifiying round.  With only three jumpers remaining in the second round, running in inverted order based on first round results, Kasai took the lead with a flight of 225 meters.  Fannemel, in 2nd place after the first round with a distance of 238 meters, improved on that with a jump of 238.5.  Alone at the top, Prevc had landed at 237.5 on his first jump, and only needed to go 234.5 to win.  Instead of playing it cautiously, he blasted all the way down to 250 meters, setting a new world record!  For us Americans, 250 meters is 820 feet. Sunday opened with a bang ... Russia’s Dimitry Vassiliev blasted out the longest flighte ever, at 254 meters, but couldn’t stand after touching down, so it was scored as a fall and won’t count as a world record.  After the dust (or snow) settled on Sunday, Fannemel’s huge first-round jump wasn’t enough for the win.  Germany’s Severin Freund put two solid flights together to slip past Fannemel to take the top spot on the podium.  Another pair of Norwegians, Johann Andre Forfang and Rune Velta were 3rd and 4th, and Japan’s ageless Noriaki Kasai recovered from a modest first jump, flying 240.5 in the final round to lock in 5th place.  SEE FULL SCORESHEET VIA LINK ABOVE! Finland’s Eetu Merilainen Wins in Lake Placid FIS Cup Feb 16, USA’s Nick Mattoon 2nd       Finn slips past Mattoon and Italy’s Diego Dellasega, tied after round 1     Results: 2/17 It was a bit of a battle with wind in Lake Placid today.  After the first round, the USA’s Nick Mattoon was tied with Italy’s Diego Dellasega.  The second round was restarted after eight jumpers when the competition jury decided to use a lower start gate.  It came down to the last three jumpers (positions 3, 2, 1 in first round).  Merilainen vaulted into the lead, Mattoon couldn’t quite catch him, and Dellasega droppeb back just a little.  See results link above.       US Cup Series final standings also determined at Lake Placid The Lake Placid FIS Cup also counted as the finale of the 2015 US Cup series, which began with several competitions in the west, and included five midwestern stops, concluded over the weekend with the last two events in Brattleboro and Lake Placid, concurrent with the FIS Cup at those two venues.   Nick Mattoon (Eau Claire WI) took top honors in this season-long title chase, with Kevin Bickner (Norge Ski Club, Fox River Grove IL) second and Christian Friberg (St Paul MN) third.  This series is open only to US athletes.  Congratulations, guys! Ziga Mandl & Samet Karta Win in Brattleboro, USA’s Kevin Bickner 2nd & 4th       Samet Karta (TUR) wins on Sunday; Nick Mattoon 5th & 10th       Results:  2/14   2/15 Slovenia’s Ziga Mandl scored a decisive win on Sat Feb 14 in FIS Cup action in Brattleboro VT, and the USA’s Kevin Bickner grabbed 2nd ahead of another Slovenian, Ernest Prislic, who won here last year.  Nick Mattoon took the 5th spot, and Christian Friberg was 8th, giving the US three in the top ten.  Alex Haupt finished 125th, Trev Edlund 16th, Chris Lamb 17th, Brian Wallace 23rd, AJ Brown 24th, Miles Lussi 28th, Trent White 30th, and Landon Livreri 32nd. Samet Karta of Turkey took top honors on Sunday, with Mandl 2nd, Prislic 3rd, and Bickner just off the podium in 4th.  Mattoon was 10th, Friberg 17th, Haupt 18th, Edlund 22nd, Haupt 18th, Brown 25th, Wallace 26th, Lussi 27th, Larson 28th.   Karta’s win was a first for Turkey! Recruiting and Retention ... Bringing in New Faces, Keeping Jumpers Jumping!  Ski jumping and Nordic combined are hugely popular in other snow-sports countries, but almost invisible in North America.  There are a lot of factors at play, but the challenge is two- fold.  We need to introduce the sport to a larger audience, and not just athletes, but families, fans, and friends.  And we need to create incentives for those who have learned and enjoyed the sport to stay involved, continuing to ski as they move into the Masters classes, which are defined by age in 10-year brackets.  Masters 1 30-39,  Masters 2 40-49, etc., and jumpers use whatever hill size matches their skill and comfort level.  New this year is pre-Masters, 25-29. Please visit the  Masters Facebook page ... CLICK HERE ... and JOIN this group TODAY!!! > > > READ MORE ... click “RECRUIT / RETAIN” button in navigation menu              Read previous articles on our News & Results page ... GO  >>>
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NOTE: *** The FIS Schedule and Results page is now presented in a format which shows upcoming events in ALL jumping categories in the left column, and results of ALL events in the right column. A letter P in a blue  box at left end of line indicates preliminary results (training, quali, first round, etc.) and a letter R indicates some or all of the official results are posted. Click the YELLOW box at right of any line to get a list of PDFs ready for viewing or downloading. 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. 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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H E A D L I N E S     SCROLL DOWN for more in “Talkin’ About”   FIS NORDIC WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN FALUN SWE  Feb 18 - Mar 1  scroll down for schedule Bryan Fletcher 5th in Large-Hill/10K Individual NC Championship Thurs Feb 26 US 7th in Mixed-Team Ski Jumping Sun Feb 22; Hendrickson Scores Longest Flight Nordic Combined ... US 7th in Team Competition Sun Feb 22nd Hendrickson 6th, Jerome 9th, Englund 12th, Geraghty-Moats 18th, Hughes 34th in Falun Anze Semenic and Andreas Wank Win COC Double- Header in Iron Mountain Feb 21 Sarah Hendrickson on Podium TWICE at Women’s World Cup in Ljubno  Feb 14-15 World Record Falls TWICE in Vikersund ... Prevc 250 Meters, Fannemel 251.5   Feb 14-15 E Y E C A T C H E R S !     Scenes from ski jumping & Nordic combined    T A L K I N ‘  A B O U T    Features, editorials, trending topics, etc.   FIS Nordic World Championships ... Falun Sweden Feb 18 - March 1       >  Event Schedule       > Live Streaming Video:   US Ski Team    Universal Sports         Bryan Fletcher 13th After Jump, 8th in NC Race, Finishes 5th in NC LH/10K Feb 26 The USA’s Bryan Fletcher posted the 8th fastest time in the XC race portion of the Large Hill/10K individual event at the Nordic World Championships in Falun on Thurs Feb 26th.  He had placed 13th in the jump portion of the event, with only 12 skiers ahead of him at the XC start line.  His time in the race carried him to 5th overall, just 23.4 seconds behind the winner, Austria’s Bernhard Gruber.  Second place went to Francois Braud of France and third to Johannes Rydzek of Germany.  Other Americans were Taylor Fletcher 29th, Bill Demong 33rd, and Adam Loomis 41st.     > > RESULTS:  Thurs 2/26        Hendrickson and Englund Shine in Mixed Team Competition Feb 22, US Places 7th Eleven nations competed in the mixed-team event in Falun on Sunday Feb 22.  Each team consisted of two women and two men.  The US women served notice in the first round that they were ready ... Nita Englund flew 94 meters and Sarah Hendrickson blasted all the way to 98.5, which would stand as the longest jump  of today’s competition.  VIEW on YouTube In the second round, they followed up with jumps of 87.5 and 94 meters.  It was a tough day for their teammates, Nick Alexander and William Rhoads.  Neither had a good first jump, but Alexander pounded one down to 90.5 meters in the second round, only to fall and incur an apparent knee injury.  The US finished 16.1 points ahead of France, and only only 2.5 points behind the Russian team which finished 6th.     > > >  RESULTS:  Sun 2/22        NC 4x5 Team Comp Sun Feb 22 ... US Team Finishes 7th The American team of Bryan and Taylor Fletcher, Adam Loomis, and Billy Demong, finished 7th overall in the team relay competition on Sunday.  Germany got the win, followed by Norway and France.     > > >  RESULTS:  Sun 2/22       Norway’s Rune Velta Wins Men’s NH Ski Jumping Championship on Saturday The men’s Normal Hill championship was determined
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