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Bickner 6th, Rhoads 9th, Brown 29th in Strbske Pleso Dec 20
US Nordic Combined Fifth in Ramsau World Cup Team Event Dec 20
Nick Fairall 18th in Continental Cup Tournament in Rena NOR Dec 13 scroll down
Hendrickson 4th & 5th, Englund & Geraghty-Moats 13th in Norway Dec 12-13 scroll down
Hendrickson 9th, Jerome 11th, Englund 18th in Lillehammer World Cup Dec 5 scroll down
2015 Masters National Championships Jan 24-25 in Fox River Grove IL scroll down
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Bickner 6th, Rhoads 9th, Brown 29th in Strbske Pleso FIS Cup Dec 20
Mattoon 34th, Glasder 39th, Friberg 40th, Wallace 46th results: Sat 12/20
Seven Americans were in action on Sat 12/20 in Strbske Pleso, SVK. Three managed to
advance to the final round of 40 jumpers. Kevin Bickner tied for 6th, William Rhoads tied for
9th, and AJ Brown grabbed 29th. Clemens Aigner of Austria was the winner.
US Nordic Combined 5th Among 12 Teams in Ramsau World Cup Dec 20
Team moves up on strong racing performances results: Sat 12/20
The American team, in 8th place after ski jumping, roared back during the XC race to move
up to 5th, behind Norway, Germany, France, and Austria. It was a good day for the Fletcher
brothers, Bill Demong, and Adam Loomis. They’ll be in action again tomorrow.
Nick Fairall 18th in Rena NOR Continental Cup on Sunday Dec 14
William Rhoads 40th, Kevin Bickner 49th results: Fri 12/12 Sun 12/14
American Nick Fairall made the final round and finished 18th on Sunday in Continental Cup
action in Rena NOR. Norway’s Johann Andre Forfang was the winner, followed by Anze
Semenic of Slovenia, and Stephan Leyhe of Germany. Fairall’s teammates William Rhoads and
Kevin Bickner finished 40th and 49th. Weather forced postponement from Saturday to Sunday.
The weekend’s action began Friday, but none of the Americans made the final round; Rhoads
was 38th, Bickner 47th, and Fairall 57th. The winner was Leyhe, followed by Forfang and
Switzerland’s Killian Peier.
Sarah Hendrickson 4th & 5th in Norway COC Dec 12-13, US 13th Both Days
Austrians 1-2-3 Sunday, Englund 13th Saturday, & Geraghty-Moats 13th Sunday
Lussi 21st & 22nd results: Fri 12/12 Sat 12/13
The Women’s Continental Cup circuit was in Notodden NOR for a pair of competitions Friday
and Saturday, Dec 12-13. A pair of Austrians took the top spots on Friday, with Jaci
Seifriedsberger the winner ahead of Daniela Iraschko-Stolz. Norway’s Maren Lundby edged
the USA’s Sarah Hendrickson for the third spot on the podium. Three other Americans made
the final round; Nita Englund placed 13th, Nina Lussi 21st, and Tara Geraghty-Moats 24th.
On Sunday, Iraschko-Stolz won, with a pair of her Austrian teammates completing the podium;
surprising newcomer Eva Pinkelnig in 2nd and Seifriedsberger 3rd. France’s Lea Lemare took
4th ahead of Hendrickson. Geraghty-Moats moved up to 13th, and Lussi placed 22nd. Englund
was unfortunately disqualified for an equipment issue.
Pinkelnig’s performances this weekend (5th and 2nd) are amazing, in that she took up ski
jumping only two years ago. She’s 26 years old, and left her job to train and compete full-
time in this sport. Most jumpers start quite young, and spend years moving up through the
junior ranks to achieve this kind of performance level. Can’t help but congratulate Eva on
her recent performances, and to wish her well as her career progresses.
sHendrickson 9th, Jerome 11th, Englund 18th in Lillehammer results: Fri 12/5
Other Coverage: WSJUSA FIS (next competition in Sapporo JPN Jan 10-11)
Slovenia’s Spela Rogelj won the first competition of the 2015 Women’s World Cup series, with
Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz 2nd, and Japan’s Sara Takanashi 3rd in first Women’s World
Cup of 2015 season, held Fri Dec 6 in Lillehammer NOR. highlights video (thanks, Abby)
Three Americans made the final round, with Sarah Hendrickson cracking the top ten in 9th,
Jessica Jerome placing 11th, and Nita Englund finishing 18th. Tara Geraghty-Moats (33rd) and
Nina Lussi (34th) narrowly missed the final round. read WSJUSA article on Sarah
Rogelj scored 267.3 points on jumps of 93 and 99 meters. Iraschko-Stolz was 1.1 points back
at 266.2, flying 95.5 and 97 meters. Another 1.1 points back, Takanashi totaled 265.1 points,
with distances of 93.5 and 95 meters. Hendrickson flew 89 and 96.5 to score 248.9 points,
and Englund’s distances were 88 and 89, earning her 234.4 points.
Masters National Championships Jan 24-25, Norge Ski Club, Fox River Grove IL
This year’s event will be held as part of Norge Ski Club’s annual winter tournament Jan 24-25.
Norge is located in Fox River Grove IL, a northwest Chicago suburb.
Masters classes are age-bracketed for jumpers over the age of 30. Masters 1 (M1) is 30-39,
M2 is for athletes 40-49, etc. New this year is a pre-Masters class for jumpers 25-29.
All Masters jumpers have the option of choosing which of the hills they’ll jump on, so athletes
of all ages and abilities can participate, and all classes are open to MEN and WOMEN!!!
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!!!
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