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How Do People
Start Ski Jumping?
Nobody just picks up a
pair of skis and gives it
a try. Not on big hills,
anyway. Ski jumpers
start young, on very
small jumps, and learn
gradually to larger
jumps as their skills and
** RECRUITING VIDEO
Here’s a short video
from a junior jumping
event in St Paul MN at
their annual Christmas
Beginner’s Camp ...
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The following video was
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** HISTORIC VIDEO
Here’s another, from
the St Paul Ski Club
** 1939 NATIONALS
When Do People
Hang Up Their
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”
age 30-39 are class M1,
40-49 M2, 50-59 M3, 60-
69 M4, 70-79 M5, etc.
Don West retired in 2011
as the oldest jumper in
the US. A resident of
Plattsburgh NY, Don is a
retired college professor.
He was an M5 jumper
(in his seventies), and
in recent years he has
competed in Masters
Another active Masters
jumper is Tom Ricchio,
a semi-retired corporate
jet pilot, who is also the
coach of the junior
program in Iola WI; he
jumps in class M4. Tom
has also competed in
the Masters World
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about Tom, and his
recent participation in
the 2010 US Masters
Nat’l Championships in
For those who enjoy ski
jumping, it can be a
lifetime sport. Some like
to continue competing,
others become coaches
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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Hendrickson WINS at Holmenkollen, Van 7th, Jerome 10th, Johnson 19th
Women make history at sport’s most historic venue! Results: Sun 3/17 Nations Cup
Watch video of Sarah’s winning jumps at Holmenkollen ... see BOTH jumps on YouTube
On March 17, Sarah Hendrickson won the first-ever Large-Hill competition in
women’s World Cup history, edging Japan’s Sara Takanashi, with Italy’s
Elena Runggaldier 3rd. Lindsey Van finished 7th, Jessica Jerome 10th,
Alissa Johnson 19th, and Abby Hughes 28th. They also locked up the overall
Nations Cup team championship for the 2013 season. Congratulations to the
WSJUSA athletes, and to coaches Paolo Berni Bernardi and Alan Alborn.
Once again, US women are THE BEST IN THE WORLD! More coverage at WSJUSA.com and
Berkutschi (link at right). WSJUSA photo; click to enlarge. Link to video of Sarah’s winning jump above.
Fairall Ends Season With Another Big Jump in Team Comp at Planica
Hits 195 meters in team event, but US team finishes 9th Results: indiv 3/22 team 3/23
Nick Fairall (L) provided a US highlight in qualifying in Planica SLO, flying 208 meters
on Thursday, and had an impressive 195 meter flight in Saturday’s team competition,
but it wasn’t enough to pull the US into the final round of eight teams. He was the only
US qualifier for Friday’s individual event, and he placed 38th. It’s the end of a long
season, and an opportunity for our athletes to rest, relax, and regroup. The Summer
Grand Prix will be starting in July! click to enlarge (ptoto by Peter Graves)
Nick Fairall Flies 208 Meters, Qualifies 25th in Planica! watch video
Windy conditions in quali for 2013 FIS World Cup finale... quali results 3/21 USASJ FB page
Nick Fairall of the USA Ski Jumping team, placed himself solidly in the field for the individual ski flying
competition Fri 3/22 in Planica SLO. Fifty-nine of the world’s best ski jumpers were trying to earn one of
the 30 spots to fill out the field of 40 (the top ten in World Cup standings are prequalified). Three more
Americans joined Nick for the team competition on Saturday, though they didn’t make the cut into the
individual competition. They included Nick Alexander, who was 48th in qualifying, Anders Johnson 49th,
and Peter Frenette 55th. Video of hill record (239.5 meters) hill facts
Americans 2nd in Both Men’s Events at Canadian Nationals Mar 29-30
Pascal Kaelin (SUI) and Atsuko Tanaka (CAN) both double winners ... Results: NH 3/29 LH 3/30
Switzerland’s Pascal Kaelin (men) and Canada’s Atsuko Tanaka (women) were double winners in the
2013 Canadian National Championships, held at the Whistler ski jump complex, site of the Vancouver
2010 Olympics. Brian Wallace finished 2nd in men’s normal hill (NH) competition on Friday, and Peter
Frenette placed 2nd in the men’s large hill (LH) comp Saturday.
Holmenkollen Men’s Competition Ends in a Tie for the Win!
Schlierenzauer and Zyla Tie for Holmenkollen Win, Kranjec 3rd Results: Sun 3/17
Following normal World Cup procedure, men’s qualifying was held on Saturday to fill 40 spots in the
starting field of 50 on Sunday (the top ten in World Cup standings are prequalified). Anders Johnson
and Peter Frenette of the USASJ missed the cut, placing 43rd and 46th, respectively. In Sunday’s
competition, Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer and Poland’s Piotr Zyla shared first place, with Slovenia’s
Robert Kranjec in 3rd. The men’s season wraps up next weekend with ski flying in Planica SLO.
Alexander 6th & 4th, Fairall 16th & 12th, Glasder 20th & 29th in FIS Cup
Nine US athletes in field of 82 jumpers ... TWO comps Mar 16 Results: Sat 3/16 am Sat 3/16 pm
Four Americans, led by Nick Alexander in 5th, made the cut to the final round of 30 jumpers today in the
first of two Saturday competitions in Oberstdorf GER. Nick Fairall was 16th, Mike Glasder 20th, and Nick
Mattoon 30th. Five more US jumpers were in the competition, finishing as follows: Brian Wallace 42nd,
Will Rhoads 48th, Christian Friberg 67th, Trevor Wert 75th, and Trevor Edlund 78th.
In the afternoon competition, Alexander moved up to 4th and Fairall to 12th. Glasder again made the final
round in 28th. Mattoon was 45th, Wallace 58th, Rhoads 67th, Friberg 68th, Wert 75th, and Edlund 80th.
This event was scheduled for two days in Garmisch-Partenkirchen GER, but it was moved to to
Oberstdorf at the last minute because of deteriorating conditions (per info from Coach Casey Colby).
After Steamboat Finale, Bickner wins US Cup, Glasder 2nd, Brown 3rd
Norge skiers take home top three places, with two of ‘em absent! Results: US Cup class
Kevin Bickner, who won the US Junior National title in Minneapolis last month, added to his list of 2013
achievements by locking up the US Cup series championship, even though he wasn’t at the season finale
in Steamboat Springs on March 16. Mike Glasder finished second overall, though he was competing in
the FIS Cup finale in Oberstdorf GER. His overall point total put him in second place for the season. AJ
Brown was there in person, and when all was said and done, he wound up third in overall standings. All
three of these athletes belong to the Norge Ski Club of Fox River Grove IL. For more coverage, visit the
USA Ski Jumping website: USASkiJumping.org
Hendrickson Dominates in Trondheim, Jerome 4th, Johnson 14th, Van 21st
Sarah scores 283 points ... Takanashi 2nd, Seifriedsberger 3rd Results: Fri 3/15
The US women’s ski jumping team had another great day in World Cup competition at Trondheim NOR on
Friday Mar 14. Sarah Hendrickson’s flights of 101.5 and 101 meters, rolling up 283 points. Her closest
rival, Japan’s Sara Takanashi finished 2nd with 274.9 points, and Austria’s Jacqueline Seifriedsberger
took 3rd with 271.2. Jessica Jerome of the USA was just six-tenths back at 270.6. Alissa Johnson placed
14th, Lindsey Van 21st, and Abby Hughes 41st.
There were 47 jumpers in the field, from 16 nations. Athletes from 9 nations made the top 10, and all of
them scored over 250 points. Only the US had 2 in this group, and Liu Qi of China was a surprise in 7th.
HENDRICKSON WINS WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP, FLIES 106 & 103 METERS
Takanashi 2nd, Seifriedsberger 3rd, Mattel 4th, Vogt 5th, Jerome 6th ... Results: Fri 2/22
Sarah Hendrickson (L) blasted out a flight of 106 meters in the
first round, then landed at 103 in the final round to win the FIS
Individual World Championship with 253.7 points, edging
Japan’s Sara Takanashi (104.5, 103, 251). Austria’s Jacqui
Seifriedsberger (104, 98.5, 237.2) took the final podium spot.
France’s Coline Mattel placed 4th, Germany’s Carina Vogt 5th,
and USA’s Jessica Jerome (R) 6th. Lindsey Van bounced back
from 24th after round 1 to finish 16th, and Abby Hughes placed
33rd. Click photos to enlarge!
More coverage at Berkutschi.com WSJUSA.com
Sarah’s US Ski Team blog Ladies-Skijumping.com
The battle between Hendrickson and Takanashi has been the focal point of the entire 2013 World Cup
season. Just last week, Takanashi wrapped up the overall World Cup series title over defending
champion Hendrickson; today Hendrickson came away today with the individual title at the FIS World
Championships, which are held every other year. It has truly been the “Sarah and Sara Show!”
Congratulations to Sarah and Sara, and to all the other women who’ve elevated the level of women’s
ski jumping. Eight nations were represented in the top ten, and eleven nations in the top fifteen. In
the long fight with the IOC for Olympic inclusion, the IOC’s position was that it didn’t involve enough
countries, and that the level of competition wasn’t good enough. Wasn’t true then, but the fact that
they’ll be welcome in Sochi has boosted both numbers and level of competition!
US Men & Women in Continental Cup Action in Scandinavia March 8-10
Vikersund NOR Mike Glasder 23rd, Chris Lamb 30th on Saturday Results: Fri 3/8 Sat 3/9
Örnsköldsvik SWE Nita Englund 7th & 5th, Nina Lussi 10th & 8th Results: Sat 3/9 Sun 3/10
Nick Alexander placed 33rd and Mike Glasder 38th in Vikersund on Friday in a field of 80 jumpers, but on
Saturday Glasder finished a solid 23rd; teammate Chris Lamb also made the final round in 30th. Friday’s
winner was Germany’s Max Mechler, followed by Poland’s Jan Ziobro and Germany’s Marinus Kraus. On
Saturday, Norway’s Johann Andre Forfang won, with Austria’s Manuel Poppinger 2nd and Kraus 3rd.
Nita Englund placed 7th Saturday and 5th Sunday in Örnsköldsvik SWE. US teammate Nina Lussi was
10th Saturday and 8th Sunday. The field was small, but it included a number of strong jumpers from the
rapidly improving Russian team, as well as Finland’s top jumper and several emerging German athletes.
Russia’s Irina Avvakumova was a double winner; Finland’s Julia Kykkaenen earned a 2nd and 3rd. This
weekend was the finale of the women’s Continental Cup series for the 2013 season.
Maurer, Bickner, Mattoon, Bohlmann, Good Win US Jr Titles in Minneapolis
Individual Results: Jumping Nordic Combined (NC) Elimination Team Results: Jumping NC
Photos by Kris Edlund ... click to enlarge L-R: J2 women, J2 men, J1 men, XC women, XC men MORE PHOTOS
Manon Maurer, representing the Intermountain Division (IMD), won the class J2 Women’s title at the
Junior National Championships in Minneapolis Thurs 2/28. Elizabeth Wallace of Central Division (CEN)
was 2nd, and Sabina Gasienica (CEN) was 3rd. Kevin Bickner (CEN) took top honors in Men’s J2, with
Miles Lussi of the Eastern Division (EAST) 2nd and Ben Loomis (CEN) 3rd. In Men’s J1, three Central
Division athletes filled the podium ... Nick Mattoon 1st, Brian Wallace 2nd, and Christian Friberg 3rd.
The individual XC championship was held Fri 3/1. Natalie Bohlmann of the
Rocky Mountain Division (RMD) won the Women’s title; Kathleen O’Connell
(RMD) was 2nd, and Alissa Pollard (CEN) was 3rd. Jasper Good (RMD) won
the Men’s title, followed by Ben Loomis (CEN) and Colton Kissell (IMD).
Group photo of all competitors by Kris Edlund ... click to enlarge
An elimination competition was held Friday evening. The field of 54 jumpers was split into two groups of
27 based on last night’s distances. The top group was designated Class A and the bottom group made up
Class B. Each class was cut in half after the first three rounds, and that left four jumpers in each group
for the fourth and final round. Matt Doyle (EAST) topped the B class at 69.5 meters. Kevin Bickner,
yesterday’s championship winner, took A honors with 81.5 meters, just short of the hill record.
Team competition in both ski jumping and Nordic combined were held on Saturday. The women’s J2 title
went to the CEN #1, Sabina Gasienica and Elizabeth Wallace. The men’s J2 title went to CEN #1; team
members included Casey Larson, Trevor Edlund, Ben Loomis, and Kevin Bickner. The CEN #2 team of
Tyler Hutchins and Brian Wallace captured the J1 men’s title. RMD captured both the women’s titles in
team XC. The women’s RMD #1 team consisted of Kathleen O’Connell and Natalie Bohlmann, and the
RMD #1 men’s team included Nicholas Madden and Jasper Good.
Poland’s Stoch Wins FIS World Championship; Prevc 2nd, Jacobsen 3rd
US athletes qualify for field of 50, but don’t make cut to final round of 30 ... Results: Thurs 2/28
Poland’s Kamil Stoch flew 131.5 and 130 meters, scoring 295.8 points, to capture the FIS Large Hill
World Championship in Val di Fiemme ITA on Feb 28. Slovenia’s Peter Prevc had two flights of 130.5, but
received slightly lower technique marks to finish second with 289.7 points. Norway’s Anders Jacobsen
jumped 129 and 131 meters, and finished just six-tenths of a point behind Prevc. The top seventeen had
scores over 270, and the entire final 30 scored more than 250. As a point of reference, it’s a good day for
a ski jumper when they exceed 240 points on any hill. The level of performance here was amazing. The
USA’s Anders Johnson and Peter Frenette didn’t make the final round, finishing 39th and 50th.
Nick Alexander 11th & 21st in Wisla POL Continental Cup Feb 23-24
Back from injury when he finished on podium in Neustadt Jan 26 ... Results: Sat 2/23 Sun 2/24
USA Ski Jumping’s Nick Alexander spent a month recovering from a knee injury, missing several events,
but came back in fine form to score an 11th on Saturday and 21st on Sunday in Wisla POL. Teammates
finished as follows ... Chris Lamb 41st & 35th, Nick Fairall 49th & 56th, Mike Glasder 55th & 53rd.
USA Finishes 6th in FIS Mixed-Team Championship Sun Feb 24
Japan wins, followed by Austria, Germany, Norway, France, USA, Italy, Slovenia ... Results: Sun 2/24
The first-ever FIS Mixed-Team championship was held today on the on the normal hill (K95, HS106).
Sarah Hendrickson and Jessica Jerome teamed with Anders Johnson (37th yesterday in men’s comp),
and Peter Frenette. The Russian Federation and Czech Republic didn’t make the final round.
Takanashi Wins Twice, Hendrickson 2nd & 3rd in World Cup Feb 16-17
US has 5 in top 13 Saturday, and 3 in top 7 Sunday Results: Sat 2/16 Sun 2/17 standings
Sarah Takanashi topped Sarah Hendrickson on Saturday in Women’s World Cup action in Ljubno SLO.
Coline Mattel of France was 3rd. Two more Americans made the top 10, with Jessica Jerome 6th and
with Lindsey Van 8th. Two more were in the top 13, with Alissa Johnson 12th, and Abby Hughes 13th.
Takanashi won again on Sunday, with Mattel edging Hendrickson by 1.5 points for 2nd. Van placed 5th
and Jerome 7th, with Johnson 19th and Hughes 22nd. Takanashi has now clinched the 2013 World Cup
title. Congratulations, Sara! Next event is World Championships in Val di Fiemme ITA. Women’s
individual competition will be Feb 22, mixed team Feb 24. For more on the US Women’s team, visit
their website: www.wsjusa.com Additional coverage via Berkutschi, link at right.
Chris Lamb Wins TWICE in Brattleboro FIS Cup Feb 16-17
Japan’s Yamada 2nd & USA’s Fairall 3rd BOTH DAYS Results: Sat FIS Pepsi Sun FIS juniors
American jumpers looked good in the first day of FIS Cup competition in Brattleboro VT, to the delight of a
crowd estimated at 2300. Chris Lamb was the winner with jumps of 96.5 and 88 meters, scoring 243.5
points. Japan’s Yuya Yamada was 2nd, and Nick Fairall grabbed the last podium spot for the Americans.
Oldrik Van Der Alst of the Netherlands was 4th, with the USA’s Mike Glasder and Nick Mattoon 5th and
6th. Another Dutch jumper, Ruben de Wit was 7th, and the next four places went to Americans ... Brian
Wallace, Christian Friberg, Andrew Bliss, and Trevor Wert. There were also competitors from Slovenia,
Canada, and the Ukraine. Saturday’s action also included the Pepsi Challenge for junior athletes. Luke
Daniels was the winner in the men’s competition, and Nina Lussi topped the women’s class.
Updated US Cup standings will be based on FIS Cup results from Saturday; will be published soon!
The same three athletes were in the same positions on the podium on Sunday,
but it was a big distance show between Lamb and Yamada. Lamb flew 98 and
94 meters, scoring 263.5 points, and Yamada went 94 and 96.5, good for 259.5.
Fairall and Mattoon tied for third place, followed by four more Americans ...
Glasder, Friberg, Wert, and Andrew Bliss. Dutch jumper Oldrik Van Der Aalst
finished 9th, with two Americans, Alex Haupt and Kevin Bickner tied for 10th.
L-R: Yamada, Lamb, Mattoon, Fairall ... Tom Bickner photo, click to enlarge
Emilee Anderson won Sunday’s junior women’s event, while Matt Doyle
captured the win in the junior men’s class. Vist these websites for more info ...
US Men’s team site: www.usaskijumping.org US Women’s team site: www.wsjusa.com
Freitag Wins Individual Ski Flying Competition in Oberstdorf Sat Feb 16
American Anders Johnson 37th Results: Sat 2/16 Sun 2/17 (team comp ... no US athletes)
Germany’s Richard Freitag put together flights of 209 and 206.5 meters on one of the world’s biggest ski
jumps, in Oberstdorf GER, to take the top podium spot in men’s World Cup ski flying on Feb 16. Norway’s
Andreas Stjernen was 2nd, and Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer placed 3rd. Anders Johnson of the USA
finished 37th. His teammate Peter Frenette came up a half point short in quailifying, so wasn’t in the field.
Norway won Sunday’s team competition ahead of Austria and Slovenia. No Americans participated.
The US men will be in action on Feb 23, 24th, and 28th at the World Championships in Val di Fiemme
ITA. More info on men’s team site: www.usaskijumping.org
Takanashi Wins Twice in Women’s World Cup in Zao JPN Feb 10
Seifriedsberger 2nd twice, Hendrickson 4th & 3rd ... Results: comp 1 comp 2 standings
Wind prevented jumping in Zao on Saturday, so two competitions were held Sunday. Sara Takanashi was
a double winner in front of her enthusiastic fans, with Austria’s Jacqui Seifriedsberger second in both
comps. Germany’s Carina Vogt nailed her first podium of the season in 3rd, while Sarah Hendrickson of
the USA placed third. It was a good weekend for the USA, as Jessica Jerome 5th and 6th, Lindsey Van
7th and 8th, and Abby Hughes 20th and 16th. Takanashi leads Hendrickson in the standings 937 to 707,
with Seifriedsberger 3rd at 697. Jerome is 10th and Van 11th in overall standings. More at WSJUSA
Next Women’s World Cup is in Ljubno SLO Feb 15-17
Bjerkeengen and Semenic Get COC Wins in Iron Mountain Feb 9-10
Semenic wins TWICE ... Results: Saturday 2/9 first comp second comp Sunday 2/10
Frederik Bjerkeengen of Norway won the first competition of two on
Saturday; he flew 137.5 and 135 meters, rolling up 290 points.
Slovenia’s Matic Benedik scored 277.5 points on jumps of 138.5 and
127 meters to take the second spot on the podium. Felix Schoft of
Germany placed 3rd with 265.5 points on flights of 128 and 137 meters.
Nick Fairall was the only American to make the final round, and he
finished 29th ... one spot ahead of the last jumper in the final round,
Anze Semenic of Slovenia. Click image to enlarge crowd photo
FIS had moved up the start time on the first competition, in order to conduct a makeup comp for one
cancelled earlier in Lahti FIN. Semenic, who’d finished at the bottom of the final round a few hours
earlier, blasted out flights of 133 and 136 meters to claim the win with 281.7 points. His teammate
Benedik was second again, this time with 266.4 points on jumps of 134 and 126.5 meters. Austria’s
Thomas Diethart was third, only 2.2 points back at 264.2. No US athletes made the final round.
Sunday’s meet was scheduled for afternoon, but incoming bad weather caused FIS and the Kiwanis Ski
Club to move the competition to 10:00 a.m. It was warmer and a bit foggy, but the two-round competition
was completed in about two hours. Semenic once again claimed the top spot (138.5, 129.5, 275.4), while
another Slovenian, Andraz Pograjc, took 2nd (128, 124.5, 252.5), and Benedik tied for 3rd with Germany’s
Felix Schoft, each scoring 251.5 points. Americans Nick Fairall and Chris Lamb were 28th and 29th.
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