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Isn’t Ski Jumping
The PERCEPTION is
that ski jumping is an
sport. The reality is far
different ... learn
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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. 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
** 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
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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
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.
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The US Men’s & Women’s
Ski Jumping and
teams have been merged
into USA Nordic.
H E A D L I N E S What we’re talkin’ about right now ...
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!!!
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 the4.5K 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!
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
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.
2018 ASJ HOF Induction Held Saturday Aug 4 in Red Wing MN
Four “de facto” inductees, five selected from nominations
“De Facto” inductees are athletes that have represented the US by being selected to an
Olympic team or FIS World Championship team, have won national championships, or have set
American distance records. These can be athletes still actively competing; we will work with
them to bring their online biographies up to date during their career until they retire. Four
athletes achieved that status this year as members of the US Olympic Team that ompeted in
Pyeong Chang; Kevin Bickner, Michael Glasder, Casey Larson, and Abby Ringquist.
Selected via the traditional nomination process were Korey Arneson, Doug Dion, Ernest
Dion, Hans Hansen, and Mark Levasseur. Some have made their mark as athletes, others
by their contributions to the sport, such as coaching, judging, volunteering in a variety of
A group of USA Nordic’s top male and female ski jumpers were in attendance!
In addition to those four “de facto” inductees, the group included:
Athletes: Sarah Hendrickson, Nita Englund (both previous inductees), Tara Geraghty-Moats,
Logan Sankey, Samantha Macuga, Taylor Fletcher, Jared Shumate, Grant Andrews,
Coaches: Alan Alborn, Bill Demong (previous inductees), Blake Hughes, Uros ‘Balki’ Vrhovec.
We invite you to visit the website, www.americanskijumping.com, for more
on the history of ski jumping in the United States, from 1887 to the present!
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
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).
Summer GP, World Cup to Include Women on BIG Hills!
The 2018 Summer Grand Prix series will include both men and women
at the same venues, and on the largest jumps!
The two FIS Race Directors for Ski Jumping (Chika Yoshida for the ladies and Walter Hofer for
men) wanted to carry out more Summer Grand Prix and World Cup competitions of the men
and ladies together on the same hills. At a press conference on March 8 in Oslo, officially
designated as “International Women’s Day,” Hofer and Yoshida spoke about their plans:
"A joint data service, a joint TV production and a smaller number of competition officials
would reduce the costs significantly. Mixed team events would increase the number of
They presented the proposal at the mid-May FIS Congress in Costa Navarino GRE, and it was
accepted. In addition, the cap on hill size for women was eliminated, so this summer, so
from this summer forward, they will compete at the same venues, on the same weekends.
In previous years, the women's competitions were almost exclusively carried out on normal
hills. Exceptions were the events in Oberstdorf and the Holmenkollen in Oslo in 2017, and in
Lillehammer as well as at the Holmenkollen in 2018.
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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Bickner 16th on Friday March 23 in Planica Ski Flying!
Traditional World Cup Season Finale Results: Thurs Mar 22 quali Fri Mar 23
The men’s World Cup concludes each year in Planica, with individual ski flying Friday and
Sunday, and team competition on Saturday. USA Nordic’s Kevin Bickner qualified 33rd on
Thursday for the starting field of 40 jumpers on Friday.
Bickner finished 16th with flights of 213 and 230.5. He was 25th after the first round, then
had the 9th best jump in the final round. Poland’s Kamil Stoch was the winner, with Norway’s
Johann Andre Forfang 2nd and Austria’s Stefan Kraft 3rd.
Four US athletes competed in the team event Saturday. Joining Bickner were Casey Larson,
William Rhoads, and Mike Glasder. The team placed 9th. Results: Sat Mar 24 team
Norwegian Air Force Sweeps Ski Flying in Vikersund
Wins team event, owns indiv podium Results: Sat Mar 17 team Sun Mar 18 indiv
On Saturday, Norway won the ski flying team event in Vikersund by 166 points over Poland,
with Slovenia another 16 points back. On Sunday, the same four athletes took all three
podium spots plus 9th, with one more Norwegian in 11th. Lately, they’ve been invincible.
Robert Johansson claimed the win in Sunday’s individual competition, followed by Andreas
Stjernen and Daniel Andre Tande. Johann Andre Forfang slipped into the top ten in 9th, and
Halvor Egner Granerud placed 11th.
Windy conditions were encountered in training as well as both competition rounds.
USA Nordic’s Kevin Bickner was 19th in the first round on a flight of 202.5 meters, but
managed only 152 meters in the final round, finishing 30th. Shout-out to the man who
finished 10th today, Japan’s ageless legend Noriaki Kasai, who’s 46. He’s amazing.
Bryan Fletcher 7th in Final NC World Cup!
11th after jumping, 7th fastest in XC race on Wednesday Results: Wed Mar 14
After yesterday’s 12th place in Trondheim, Bryan Fletcher stamped a huge exclamation point
on the end of his World Cup career with a Top Ten finish, placing 7th overall. He had flown
128 meters in the jump round, 11th best, earning an XC start time 1:01 behind the jump
round winner. He then blasted his way around the 10K race course with the 7th fastest time,
finishing 19.7 seconds behind the overall winner, Germany’s Fabian Riessle. Norway’s Jarl
Magnus Riiber was 2nd, with Finland’s Eero Hirvonen third.
15th after jumping, 11th fastest in XC race on Tuesday Results: Tues Mar 13
USA Nordic’s Bryan Fletcher broke a string of three 17th-place finishes (one at Holmenkollen,
two at the Olympics) to place 12th overall in Trondheim on Tuesday Mar 13 in the next-to-last
World Cup competition. Standing 15th after the jumping round, Bryan ran the 11th fastest
time in the 10K XC race to place 12th in the overall results. Germans Eric Frenzel and Fabian
Riessle were 1st and 3rd, with Japan’s Akito Watabe 2nd. Bryan’s brother Taylor placed 39th.
Bryan Fletcher 12th; Superb NC Career Coming to a Close
15th after jumping, 11th fastest in XC race in Trondheim Results: Tues Mar 13
USA Nordic’s Bryan Fletcher broke a string of three 17th-place finishes (one at Holmenkollen,
two at the Olympics) to place 12th overall in Trondheim on Tuesday Mar 13. Standing 15th
after the jumping round, Bryan ran the 11th fastest time in the 10K XC race to place 12th in
the overall results. Germans Eric Frenzel and Fabian Riessle were 1st and 3rd, with Japan’s
Akito Watabe 2nd. Bryan’s brother Taylor placed 39th.
It’s Norway, Norway, Norway in Holmenkollen Ski Jumping
Norwegians dominate! Results: team jump women’s indiv men’s indiv
The most historic event in ski jumping is the annual Holmenkollen in Oslo NOR. The home
team won all three events. ALL EVENTS were held on the large hill.
Norway led Poland and Austria in men’s team jumping, winning by a margin of 59 points.
The US, with only two jumpers on hand, didn’t compete in this four-man event.
Maren Lundby won in front of the home crowd, scoring 262.7 points on flights of 134 and 126
meters, 31.5 points ahead of Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz in 2nd place. Japan’s Yuki Ito
was 3rd. No American women were entered this weekend.
Daniel Andre Tande scored 258.1 points on jumps of 128 and 132 meters, ahead of two
Austrians, Stefan Kraft and Michael Hayboeck. Two more Norwegians took fourth and fifth,
Robert Johansson and Johann Andre Forfang. Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was 15th, and
Kevin Bickner of the USA placed 36th.
Japan wins Holmenkollen NC, USA’s Bryan Fletcher 17th Results: Nordic Combined
Akito Watabe took the top podium spot in Nordic Combined at the Holmenkollen, with Fabian
Riessle of Germany and Mario Seidl of Austria taking 2nd and 3rd. Norwegians Jan Schmid and
Jarl Magnus Riiber were 4th and 5th. Bryan Fletcher of US Nordic was 24th after the jumping
round, and 12th-fastest in the race, finishing in 17th place overall.
Kevin Bickner 20th in Lahti FIN World Cup March 4
Finishes in tie with Germany’s Stephen Leyhe Results: Sun Mar 4
Kevin Bickner qualified 25th on Friday for the starting field of 50 on Sunday for Sunday’s
individual ski jumping in Lahti FIN. Hey was 27th after the first round, with a flight of
119 meters, then sailed to 131 meters on his second jump, to claim a tie for 20th in the
final results. The winner was Poland’s Kamil Stoch, ahead of Germany’s Markus Eisenbichler
and Austria’s Stefan Kraft.
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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
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
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, took the win. Germany’s Katherina Althaus was 2nd, Japan’s Sara Takanashi 3rd.
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.
COMPETITION RECAP - SKI JUMPING & NORDIC COMBINED
SKI JUMPING ALL EVENTS COMPLETED
Sat Feb 10
Men's indiv NH final
Mon Feb 12
Women's indiv NH final
Sat Feb 17
Men's indiv LH final
Mon Feb 19
Men's team LH final
NORDIC COMBINED ALL EVENTS COMPLETED
Wed Feb 14
NH ski jump / 10k race
Tues Feb 20
LH ski jump / 10k race Results
Thurs Feb 22
Team LH / 4x5k race Results
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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. A pair of Norwegians, Marius Lindvik and Halvor Egner Granerud, took top
honors. See more at www.kiwanisskiclub.com … see spectacular eagle photo!