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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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World Cup Season Begins in Wisla POL Nov 17-18 Bickner (USA) & Boyd-Clowes (CAN) will be in action on Saturday & Sunday We’ll bring you highlights during the weekend, and will direct you to the newly revamped FIS site for details. Kevin Bickner is representing the USA, and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes is jumping for Canada. QUALIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS: Bickner ties for 21st in qualification round, Boyd-Clowes is 44th in a field of 70 athletes. The top 50 will be starting in Saturday’s competition. There’s a second competition scheduled for Sunday. You’ll be able to follow the live scoring ticker on Saturday and Sunday. To access this live scoring system, click on the large FIS SKI JUMPING logo at right, and when the page comes up, click on the red LIVE button. If your cable provider carries NBC Sports, you should be able to watch live action streaming on The Olympic Channel. Login to your cable account, follow the menus. This FIS site, and the USA Nordic site (click large logo in left column) are the key sites for information on competition and the US team, respectively. SkiJumpingUSA to Change Focus for 2018-19 Season Less detail on individual competitions, more features, less immediate news With the consolidation of all US team activities under the umbrella of USA Nordic, and all team news and announcements being posted on their site, we’re going to avoid duplicating their work, but will provide short items and links to news that’s covered there. Their site is the go-to place for domestic competition schedules, results, and news. In addition, FIS has completely revamped their website, making it easier to navigate to news, schedules, and results, and we’ll help our visitors to become familiar with that site as well. We will continue to spotlight outstanding individual performances by US athletes, to bring attention to major domestic competitions, and to provide information on things of general interest to those interested in the sport of ski jumping. The FIS international competition season traditionally begins in late November, and we’ll spotlight that event, plus early-season competitions, which are mostly overseas, but this year there’ll be some early competitions in the USA. Watch for details! For those who may not have noticed, we introduced a layout for our site that automatically detects narrower (mobile device) screens, and adjusts the width accordingly. We’re still fine-tuning that, but we think it will help our visitors who use hand-held devices. Finally, we are still including a lot of archive material here from the previous season (2018) and a bit from late 2017. That will probably be significantly shortened as we get into the 2018-19 season, then some of this season’s highlights will be archived next year. Like you, we’re looking forward to some outstanding results from our US team this year! THANKS TO ALL WHO REGULARLY VISIT & WELCOME TO NEW VISITORS! Bickner, Boyd-Clowes in Top Ten at Hakuba JPN Summer GP Nice showing in first appearance of season! Results: Fri 8/23 trng Sat 8/24 Sun 8/25 A pair of North Americans, Kevin Bickner (USA) and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (Canada) made their presence known in a big way during three days of Summer Grand Prix competition in Hakuba JPN. SGP is the summer circuit for the same athletes who ski World Cup in winter. Both did well in Friday’s three rounds of training. Kevin placed 12th, 6th, and 10th with a longest jump of 123 meters. Mackenzie was 7th, 4th, and 20th, longest was 125.5 meters. (click to enlarge) On Saturday, Mackenzie finished 12th with 239.2 points on flights of 127 and 119.5 meters. Kevin was 23rd, scoring 215 points on jumps of 126 and 112.5 meters. Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi was the winner (279.8 points, 131.5 and 128 meters), ahead of Russia’s Evegeniy Klimov and Japan’s Daiki Ito. In Sunday’s comp, they put the frosting on the cake with Mackenzie 9th and Kevin 10th. Mackenzie rolled up 255 points (128 and 121 meters), and Kevin scored 251.2 points (jumps of 119 and 129.5 meters). Kobayashi (287.9 points, 134.5 and 131.5 meters) and Klimov took the top two spots again, followed by Daniel Huber of Austria. TARA WINS Women’s FIS NC Competition on Sunday August 19 Strong 2nd in jumping, dominates race! Results Sun Aug 19: jumping final results How do you top a 2nd place on Saturday in the first-ever FIS Nordic Combined competition for women? You DOMINATE on Sunday, and stand on top of the podium! Tara Geraghty-Moats placed a close 2nd in the jump round, flying 94.5 meters, just behind Germany’s Jenny Nowak at 96 meters. That gave Nowak a teeny 4 second advantage at the start of the 4.5K race. Tara then ran away from the field, finishing with a 1:14 advantage over second-place finisher Stefaniya Nadymova, yesterday’s winner. Nowak was 3rd. CONGRATULATIONS, TARA!!! Read Park Record article Tara & Stefaniya celebrate their victories together! Sandra Volk photo - click to enlarge Tara Geraghty-Moats on Podium in Women’s Nordic Combined! First-ever FIS Summer GP women’s NC comp! Results Sat Aug 18: jumping final results After placing 4th in Saturday’s jump round, Tara Geraghty-Moats started the 4.5K race 1:13 behind jump round winner Stefaniya Nadymova of Russia. She blasted her way forward to finish only 3.0 sec behind Nadymova, placing 2nd in the first official FIS women’s NC event! For those who may not yet know her name, Tara was a strong jumper early in her career, and decided to pursue biathlon when it wasn’t clear there would be opportunities for women in ski jumping. She came back to jumping a couple years ago, and when FIS announced the beginning of international Nordic Combined for women, she was elated … and ready! An unfortunate elbow fracture sidelined her last year, but she has come back with a vengeance, and showed in the first-ever women’s FIS NC competition that she’s a formidable competitor. We’ll be watching as this first full season of women’s NC unfolds. Remember this name! Kevin Bickner 11th in Courchevel FRA Summer GP August 11 Nice showing in first appearance of the season! Results: Sat Aug 11 Kevin Bickner just missed the top ten in a Summer Grand Prix event in Courchevel, his first competition this season. He scored 222.6 points on flights of 125 and 122 meters. Russia’s Evgeniy Klimov was the winner with jumps of 132 and 129 meters, scoring 259.9 points. Daniel Huber of Austria was 2nd, and Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic came in 3rd. Nita Englund & Kevin Bickner Win 2019 National LH Titles Complete Results: Sunday July 29, 2018 Read USA Nordic Press Release The 2018 US National Large-Hill Championships were held on Saturday July 29. The top six finishers in women’s class were Abigail Strate (CAN), Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats, Natasha Bodnarchuk (CAN), Nicole Maurer (CAN), and Annika Belshaw. Englund is the 2019 US Champion (only US athletes eligible for the US National Championship title). In the men’s class, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) took the top spot, followed by Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson, Decker Dean, and Mike Glasder. The US 2019 Champion is Bickner. Long jumps were 130.5M by Strate (women) and 132.5M by Boyd-Clowes (men). O, Canada! Englund, Bickner, T Fletcher 2019 National NH/NC Champs! Complete Results: Saturday July 28, 2018 Read USA Nordic Press Release The 2019 Normal Hill ski jumping and Nordic Combined national championships on Saturday preceded Sunday’s Large-Hill event. The men’s competition had a separate class for Nordic Combined competitors. Canadians Abigail Strate and Natasha Bodnarchuk took the two top spots in women’s competition, followed by Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats, and Annika Belshaw. The 2019 US Championship goes to Englund, as only US jumpers are eligible for that title.. Kevin Bickner took the men’s jumping championship ahead of Casey Larson and Decker Dean. Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada finished 2nd overall. Ben Loomis won the NC division ahead of Jasper Good and Taylor Fletcher. Long jumps were by Strate (98.5M, women’s class), Bickner (98.5M, men’s) and Loomis (91.5M, Nordic Combined). FIS Introduces Women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup NC finally includes women; season will open in Park City and Steamboat Springs! Similar to the way FIS introduced women’s ski jumping, it will begin as a Continental Cup series. The kickoff will feature TWO weekends of competition in the USA. The opener will be in Park City on Dec 8-9, HS100/5K. Steamboat will feature HS75/5K on Dec 15-16.

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World Cup Season Begins in Wisla POL Nov 16-18 Bickner (USA) & Boyd-Clowes (CAN) will be in action on Saturday & Sunday We’ll bring you highlights during the weekend, and will direct you to the newly revamped FIS site for details. Kevin Bickner is representing the USA, and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes is jumping for Canada. QUALIFICATION HIGHLIGHTS: Bickner ties for 21st in qualification round, Boyd-Clowes is 44th in a field of 70 athletes. The top 50 will be starting in Saturday’s competition. There’s a second competition on Sunday. To access this live scoring system, click on the large FIS SKI JUMPING logo at top of page, and when the page comes up, click on the red LIVE button. If your cable provider carries NBC Sports, you should be able to watch live action streaming on The Olympic Channel. Login to your cable account, follow the menus. This FIS site, and the USA Nordic site (click large logo at top of page are the key sites for information on competition and the US team, respectively. SkiJumpingUSA to Change Focus for 2018-19 Season Less detail on individual competitions, more features, less immediate news With the consolidation of all US team activities under the umbrella of USA Nordic, and all team news and announcements being posted on their site, we’re going to avoid duplicating their work, but will provide short items and links to news that’s covered there. Their site is the go- to place for domestic competition schedules, results, and news. In addition, FIS has completely revamped their website, making it easier to navigate to news, schedules, and results, and we’ll help our visitors to become familiar with that site as well. We will continue to spotlight outstanding individual performances by US athletes, to bring attention to major domestic competitions, and to provide information on things of general interest to those interested in the sport of ski jumping. The FIS international competition season traditionally begins in late November, and we’ll spotlight that event, plus early- season competitions, which are mostly overseas, but this year there’ll be some early competitions in the USA. Watch for details! For those who may not have noticed, we introduced a layout for our site that automatically detects narrower (mobile device) screens, and adjusts the width accordingly. We’re still fine-tuning that, but we think it will help our visitors who use hand-held devices. Finally, we are still including a lot of archive material here from the previous season (2018) and a bit from late 2017. That will probably be significantly shortened as we get into the 2018-19 season, then some of this season’s highlights will be archived next year. Like you, we’re looking forward to some outstanding results from our US team this year! THANKS TO ALL WHO REGULARLY VISIT & WELCOME TO NEW VISITORS! Bickner, Boyd-Clowes in Top Ten at Hakuba JPN Summer GP Nice showing in first appearance of season! Results: Fri 8/23 trng Sat 8/24 Sun 8/25 A pair of North Americans, Kevin Bickner (USA) and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) made their presence known in a big way during three days of Summer Grand Prix competition in Hakuba JPN. SGP is the summer equivalent of the World Cup series in winter. (click to enlarge) Both did well in Friday’s three rounds of training. Kevin placed 12th, 6th, and 10th with a longest jump of 123 meters. Mackenzie was 7th, 4th, and 20th, longest was 125.5 meters. On Saturday, Mackenzie finished 12th with 239.2 points on flights of 127 and 119.5 meters. Kevin was 23rd, scoring 215 points on jumps of 126 and 112.5 meters. Japan’s Ryoyu Kobayashi was the winner (279.8 points, 131.5 and 128 meters), ahead of Russia’s Evegeniy Klimov and Japan’s Daiki Ito. In Sunday’s comp, they put the frosting on the cake with Mackenzie 9th and Kevin 10th. Mackenzie rolled up 255 points (128 and 121 meters), and Kevin scored 251.2 points (jumps of 119 and 129.5 meters). Kobayashi (287.9 points, 134.5 and 131.5 meters) and Klimov took the top two spots again, followed by Daniel Huber of Austria. TARA WINS Women’s FIS NC Competition in Oberwiesenthal GER Sun 08-19-2018 Strong 2nd in jumping, dominates race! Results Sun Aug 19: jumping final results How do you top a 2nd place on Saturday in the first-ever FIS Nordic Combined competition for women? You DOMINATE on Sunday, and stand on top of the podium! Tara Geraghty-Moats placed a close 2nd in the jump round, flying 94.5 meters, just behind Germany’s Jenny Nowak at 96 meters. That gave Nowak a teeny 4 second advantage at the start of the 4.5K race. Tara then ran away from the field, finishing with a 1:14 advantage over second- place finisher Stefaniya Nadymova, yesterday’s winner. Nowak was 3rd. CONGRATULATIONS, TARA!!! Tara & Stefaniya celebrate their victories together! Sandra Volk photo - click to enlarge Tara Geraghty-Moats on Podium in First- Ever Women’s Nordic Combined! Results Sat Aug 18: jumping final results After placing 4th in Friday’s jump round, Tara Geraghty- Moats started Saturday’s 4.5 Km race 1:13 behind jump round winner Stefaniya Nadymova of Russia. She blasted her way forward to finish only 3.0 sec behind Nadymova, placing 2nd in the first official FIS women’s NC event! They’ll be in action again tomorrow. Good luck, Tara! For those who don’t know her name, Tara was a strong jumper early in her career, and decided to pursue biathlon when it wasn’t clear there would be opportunities for women in ski jumping. She came back to jumping a couple years ago, and when FIS announced the beginning of international Nordic Combined for women, she was elated … and ready! An unfortunate elbow fracture sidelined her last year, but she has come back with a vengeance, and showed in the first-ever women’s FIS NC competition that she’s a formidable competitor. We’ll be watching as this first full season of women’s NC unfolds. Kevin Bickner 11th in Courchevel FRA Summer GP August 11 His first appearance of the season! Results: Sat Aug 11 Kevin Bickner just missed the top ten in a Summer Grand Prix event in Courchevel, his first competition this season. He scored 222.6 points on flights of 125 and 122 meters. Russia’s Evgeniy Klimov was the winner with jumps of 132 and 129 meters, scoring 259.9 points. Daniel Huber of Austria was 2nd, and Roman Koudelka of the Czech Republic came in 3rd. Nita Englund & Kevin Bickner Win 2019 National LH Titles Large Hill National Championships - Park City Complete Results: Sunday July 29, 2018 Read USA Nordic Press Release The 2018 US National Large-Hill Championships were held on Saturday July 29. The top six finishers in women’s class were Abigail Strate (CAN), Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty- Moats, Natasha Bodnarchuk (CAN), Nicole Maurer (CAN), and Annika Belshaw. Englund is the 2019 US Champion (only US athletes eligible for the US National Championship title). In the men’s class, Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) took the top spot, followed by Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson, Decker Dean, and Mike Glasder. The US 2019 Champion is Bickner. Longest jumps were 130.5M by Strate (women) and 132.5M by Boyd-Clowes (men). O, Canada! Englund, Bickner, Taylor Fletcher 2019 National NH/NC Champs! Normal Hill National Championships - Park City Complete Results: Saturday July 28, 2018 Read USA Nordic Press Release The 2019 Normal Hill ski jumping and Nordic Combined national championships on Saturday preceded Sunday’s Large-Hill event. The men’s competition had a separate class for Nordic Combined competitors. Canadians Abigail Strate and Natasha Bodnarchuk took the two top spots in women’s competition, followed by Nita Englund, Tara Geraghty-Moats, and Annika Belshaw. The 2019 US Championship goes to Englund. Kevin Bickner took the men’s jumping championship ahead of Casey Larson and Decker Dean. Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada finished 2nd overall. Ben Loomis won the NC division ahead of Jasper Good and Taylor Fletcher. Long jumps were by Strate (98.5M, women’s class), Bickner (98.5M, men’s) and Loomis (91.5M, Nordic Combined). FIS Introduces Women’s Nordic Combined Continental Cup NC finally includes women; season will open in Park City and Steamboat Springs! Similar to the way FIS introduced women’s ski jumping, it will begin as a Continental Cup series. The kickoff will feature TWO weekends of competition in the USA. The opener will be in Park City on Dec 8-9, HS100/5K. Steamboat will feature HS75/5K on Dec 15-16.