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Nov 28-29: NC Opener and Men’s WC in Finland
Dec 4-6: Women’s WC Opener, Men’s WC and NC in Norway
The 2016 season in Nordic Combined will kick off in Ruka FIN on Nov 28-29, and it’ll also be
the second event on the men’s World Cup jumping schedule. Details at www.usanordic.org
The women’s 2016 World Cup ski jumping season will begin on Dec 4 in Lillehammer NOR, with
men’s WC jumping and Nordic combined to follow, also in Lillehammer, on Dec 5-6.
Norway’s Tande Wins Men’s WC Opener in Germany
Prevc 2nd, Freund 3rd RESULTS: Sat 11/21 team Sun 11/22 individual
The 2016 Men’s World Cup opened in Klingenthal GER Nov 22. Norway’s Daniel-Andre Tande
won, with Slovenia’s Peter Prevc 2nd and Germany’s Severin Freund 3rd. Another German,
Richard Freitag, was 4th, and Japan’s amazing 43 year old Noriaki Kasai finished 5th.
Germany won the team comp Saturday ahead of Slovenia and Austria. Canada’s Mackenzie
Boyd-Clowes, who travels and trains with the US team, finished 29th. US jumpers Kevin
Bickner and Mike Glasder didn’t qualify for the starting field of 50. Better luck next week!
Event coverage at www.usanordic.org ... follow team by clicking big logo at left.
SEE WORLD CUP LIVE ON NBC SPORTS THIS SEASON!
Live HD on NBCSN (cable), live streaming at NBCSports.com/live-extra
NBC acquires broadcast rights from FIS; check your cable guide for NBCSN
If your cable plan includes NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), you’ll be able to watch FIS winter
sports coverage LIVE. Some events are carried on their HD channel, others are live-streamed.
There is NO coverage of Women’s World Cup ... BOO, HISS! Maybe next year? But it’s a start.
Click here for: Olympic Sports Broadcast Schedule (you’ll find a lot of other winter sports
listed, and it will indicate dates, times, and whether the event is on HD or streaming)
If BROADCAST, find your NBCSN channel and enjoy!
If STREAMING, click here to access: www.nbcsports.com/live-extra (you’ll need to
identify your provider, then you’ll need to login with the same ID and password you use to
access your account on your provider’s website ... that will verify that you are a paying
subscriber, and allow you to view all streamed content). It may take a few minutes to get
familiar with the streaming website, but once in, you’ll find crystal-clear video, good sound,
and best of all, NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS!
Changes Coming to USASkiJumping.com for 2016
We’ll be referring visitors to FIS, USSA, USANS, WSJUSA sites
We’ll be more feature-oriented, focus less on weekly updates
SkiJumpingUSA.com has been online since the fall of 2001, when we began with a focus on
the upcoming 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. We launched under a different name,
SkiJumpingCentral.com, because our preferred name was unavailable at that time. We chose
that name to indicate it would be a “central resource” for ski jumping info, but found that
many folks were confused in thinking it was specific to USSA’s Central Division. Eventually,
we acquired our current domain name. It’s been fun, we’ve met many of the athletes,
parents, coaches, and other folks involved in this cool sport here in the USA.
Our mission has always been two-fold ... to provide competition information and other news
for folks already interested in the sport, but also to increase awareness and expand the
audience here in the USA. We’ve done some feature stories, but they’d often be pushed aside
by current news. We’ll be doing more of that, and focusing on a few major events in the US.
We’ll continue to spotlight remarkable results by US athletes in international competition.
The development of the US women’s program has been a major story all along, and it
reached a major goal with Olympic inclusion in 2014. The women’s FlyGirls development
program has recently announced a partnership with the US Ski Association. We anticipate
the USSA website will become a reliable source of information about our women’s team and
development program for younger girls, and the WSJUSA Facebook page is also a reliable
source of information ... several links at left.
US men’s ski jumping and Nordic Combined have joined forces under a new name, USA Nordic
Sports, and they have recently implemented a new website which will be the main resource
for American involvement in those sports. Find it via link at left.
The FIS website has comprehensive schedule and results available for ALL major international
competitions, as well as complete career stats on individual athletes, feature stories about
events, teams, and athletes, and is always current.
There’s a brief tutorial on using the FIS schedule and Results info in the right column, shown
in Italics. Results are VERY detailed, even preliminary results, and they provide LIVE scoring
for World Cup and some other major competitions. Play around, get familiar. It’s terrific.
In addition, there are some regional and club sites which are well-maintained, and we’ll
continue to provide links to those. When we started, there wasn’t a lot to link to, and we
had to do a lot of digging and nagging to get schedule and results info. We believe that there
are enough reliable websites that it’s no longer necessary for us to summarize, re-package,
and develop content which might overlap these sites.
There will be other changes to this website as the season progresses. Thanks for visiting!
Nita Englund & Mike Glasder Win NH Nationals
Championships held in Lake Placid Oct 11 ... complete results (women & men)
The 2016 US National Normal-Hill championships were held Oct 11 in Lake Placid as part of
the annual Flaming Leaves Festival. Nita Englund took the women’s title, and Mike Glasder
won the men’s competition.
Nita Englund 2nd & 5th in Almaty Grand Prix
Sara Takanashi wins twice, Yuki Ito 3rd & 2nd ... Nina Lussi 22nd & 21st
After a strong showing in Friday’s training session, US jumper Nita Englund finished on the
podium in Almaty KAZ on the first of two days of competition, topped only by Japan’s Sara
Takanashi. Englund’s US teammate Nina Lussi also finished in the points, scoring another 22nd
place. Takanashi won again on Sunday, with Ito 2nd and Austria’s Jaci Seifriedsberger 3rd.
Englund was 5th and Lussi 21st. The Grand Prix circuit is the summer equivalent of the World
Cup series for the world’s best jumpers.
>>> RESULTS: Saturday Sept 12 Sunday Sept 13 Story on US Ski Team website
Nita Englund 4th, 6th in Chaikovsky RUS, Nina Lussi 22nd & 25th
Nita Englund picked up where she left off last season, taking 6th place on Sat Sept 5th in
Chaikovsky, while teammate Nina Lussi scored her first FIS points by making the final round
and placing 22nd. On Sunday, Englund just missed the podium in 4th, and Lussi placed 25th.
>>> RESULTS: Saturday Sept 5 Sunday Sept 6
Sarah Hendrickson Will Miss Entire Season
2014 Olympian, 2013 World Champion, 2012 World Cup Champion sidelined
by knee surgeries ... read press release from WSJUSA ... CLICK HERE
W Rhoads, N Lussi, B Fletcher Win LH Nationals
Championships held in Park City August 1 ... WOMEN ... MEN ... NC
The 2016 US National Large-Hill championships were held Saturday morning, Aug 1, on the
K120 jump at Utah Olympic Park. Will Rhoads won the men’s title, ahead of Kevin Bickner and
last year’s champion, Christian Friberg. Nina Lussi won in the women’s competition, followed
by Tara Geraghty-Moats and Abby Hughes. Bryan Fletcher took the large-hill title in Nordic
Combined, with Adam Loomis 2nd and Taylor Fletcher 3rd. There were also championships in
younger age classes for both men and women on the smaller hills; they’re all included on
the scoresheet ... see link above. We’ll have pix soon!
Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes shows in 2nd place on the men’s scoresheet, and Lea
Lemare of France is shown atop the somen’s results, but neither was eligible for the US
The nationals were traditionally held near the end of the competition season, which begins in
summer, but the bulk of the season is in winter. A few years ago, the US championships were
switched to the BEGINNING of the season, which occurs in summer, so it’s officially the 2016
Championship event. Most other countries do it the same way.
M A S T E R S S K I J U M P I N G
For athletes 25 years of age and up ... age brackets & hill sizes for ALL
We’ll be featuring Masters Ski Jumping during the off-season. Right now, we’ll refer
you to the US Masters Facebook Page
... CLICK HERE for info.
Masters age classes are as follows:
click photo to enlarge
So, you WERE a ski jumper, hung ‘em up a few (or many) years ago, but still think you’d
enjoy the thrill of flight once again. Or you’re a jumper who’s reaching the age where
education and career are calling, and you’re thinking about quitting the sport. Or you’re
a skier looking for a new challenge. Masters Ski Jumping may be JUST WHAT YOU NEED!
And Masters Ski Jumping NEEDS YOU!!! The more, the merrier ... but you know that!
Masters competitions have age classes, but you will jump on a hill that’s comfortable for your
skill and experience. You will NOT need to compete on a hill bigger than you choose. It’s all
about FUN, and we’d like YOU to think about it! Click link above to visit the Masters FB page.
We’ll be adding MORE COVERAGE of Masters ski jumping during the off season. We want to
keep jumpers in the sport, bring old jumpers back, and bring new jumpers in.
The 2016 US MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS will be in MInneapolis January 23-24, 2016
(click logo for news)
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
A letter P in a blue
box at left end of line
results (training, quali,
first round, etc.) and a
letter R indicates some
or all of the official
results are posted.
Click the YELLOW
arrow at right of any
results line to get a
list of PDFs ready for
viewing or download.
Isn’t Ski Jumping
The PERCEPTION is
that ski jumping is an
sport. The reality is
far different ... learn
** 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
gradually to larger
jumps as their skills
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
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. 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
** READ ARTICLE
about Tom, and his
participation in the
2010 US Masters Nat’l
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
times in Masters World
passed away on Aug
30, 2014, at age 77 ...
click to read obituary
For those who enjoy
ski jumping, it can be
a lifetime sport.
Some like to continue
become coaches or
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.
(click logo for news)
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For more information related to ski jumping ...
The US Men’s Ski Jumping
and Nordic Combined
teams have been merged
into USA Nordic.
H E A D L I N E S What we’re talkin’ about right now ...