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H E A D L I N E S     What we’sre talkin’ about right now ...    R E C R U I T I N G  N E W J U M P E R S   SOAR with Women’s Ski Jumping USA Sat May 9 POSTPONED due to weather   It was to have been a chance to find out about our sport, meet US team athletes including our own 2009 and 2013 World Champions, 2012 World Cup winner, and 2014 Olympians, and to try out ski jumping on our roller jump!  But Mother Nature had other plans for Olympic Day at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown SLC, the afternoon of May 9 ... the event will be rescheduled.    VIEW OLYMPIC DAY POSTER 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: Pre-Master  25-29             M1  30-39    M2  40-49    M3  50-59    M4  60-69    M5  70-79                                                                                       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 23rd & 24th! U S  T E A M  A T H L E T E S
US Team Athletes   Get to know ‘em!     Ski Jumping   Nick Alexander   Kevin Bickner   Trevor Edlund   Nick Fairall   Christian Friberg   Tara Geraghty-Moats   Michael Glasder   Alex Haupt   Abby Hughes   Sarah Hendrickson   Jessica Jerome   Anders Johnson   Nina Lussi    William Rhoads   Lindsey Van   Brian Wallace     Nordic Combined   Bill Demong   Brett Denney   Bryan Fletcher   Taylor Fletcher   Adam Loomis   Michael Ward     We’ll add more as   we receive them.   Please visit their   team sites also,   via links above.
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NOTE: *** 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 column. A letter P in a blue  box at left end of line indicates preliminary results (training, quali, first round, etc.) and a letter R indicates some or all of the official results are posted. Click the YELLOW box at right of any line to get a list of PDFs ready for viewing or downloading. 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. 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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T H R O W B A C K  TO  1949 Youngsters Ski Jumping In 1949, 20th Century Fox Newsreel, Iron Mt MI  Years ago, movie theaters would show “newsreels” along with previews of coming features.  This one was shown nationally.  The announcer is Mel Allen, who was the voice of the New York Yankees back then.  Among the featured jumpers is 1960 Olympian Willie Erickson. If you’re interested in the history of ski jumping in the USA, please visit the American Ski Jumping website, www.americanskijumping.com.  The inductees to the ASJ Hall of Fame are listed.  The organization’s museum is located in the historic St James Hotel in Red Wing MN.
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H E A D L I N E S     What we’sre talkin’ about right now ...    R E C R U I T I N G  N E W J U M P E R S   SOAR with Women’s Ski Jumping USA Sat May 9 POSTPONED due to weather   It was to have been a chance to find out about our sport, meet US team athletes including our own 2009 and 2013 World Champions, 2012 World Cup winner, and 2014 Olympians, and to try out ski jumping on our roller jump!  But Mother Nature had other plans for Olympic Day at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art  in downtown SLC, the afternoon of May 9 ... the event will be rescheduled.    VIEW OLYMPIC DAY POSTER 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: Pre-Master  25-29             M1  30-39    M2  40-49    M3  50-59    M4  60-69    M5  70-79                                                                                       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 23rd & 24th! U S  T E A M  A T H L E T E S
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