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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
** 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
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 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 ...
Upcoming SGP Comps: Hinterzarten GER and Courchevel FRA
Men in Hinterzarten July 28-29 Men & Women in Courchevel Aug 11-12
The USA Nordic men’s team is gearing up for a pair of upcoming Summer GP tournaments in
Germany and France. The US Women’s team will see their first action in Courchevel Aug 11.
First Men’s Summer GP held in Wisla POL July 13-15
Bickner only US qualifier at 46th Results: Thu 7/13 quali Fri 7/14 team Sat 7/15 indiv
Kevin Bickner was the only American to qualify on Thursday for Saturday’s individual large-hill
competition. The US placed 12th in Saturday’s team competition, and on Sunday Bickner
finished 36th, missing the cut to the final round of 30.
Bickner on COC Podium in Kranj July 8, Longest Jump of Day!
Was 17th on Friday, Glasder 28th Results: Fri 7/7 Sat 7/8
Kevin Bickner, USA Nordic, put himself on the podium on the second day of Continental Cup
competition on July 8 in Kranj SLO; his second jump of 115 meters was the longest of the day.
He was the only American to make the final round. On Friday, Bickner had placed 17th, just
behind Canadian Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes. Mike Glasder of USA Nordic was 28th.
Martin Bayer Named as US Men’s Nordic Combined Head Coach
Has been a US coach at every level over past 17 years … link to USA NORDIC announcement
USA Nordic recently announced that Martin Bayer has been selected as the new Head Coach for
the Men’s Nordic Combined national team.
The promotion is the culmination of over 17 years as a coach in the US, at every level possible.
Along with his extensive coaching experience, Bayer brings with him an innate knowledge of
the sport, only shared by those who have spent time representing their country at the
international level. Bayer competed at both the 92’ and 94’ Olympics for Czechoslovakia and
the Slovak Republic, respectively. CONGRATULATIONS, MARTIN!
2017 Springer Tournee to be Held in Park City July 24-29
Will include Large Hill National Championships … CLICK FOR ANNOUNCEMENT & DETAILS
It is that time of year again for the Jindro Mayer Springer Tournee. Park City Nordic Ski Club
will be hosting this event from July 24 - 29, 2017 in Park City, Utah. The Utah Olympic Park will
be a busy place this week with public activities, climbing wall, and our Nordic events. We will
also be hosting the 2018 U.S. Large Hill ski jumping championships Saturday July 29th.
US Ski & Snowboard Names 2018 Ski Jumping Team
FIS article gives details … CLICK HERE TO VIEW
Kevin Bickner has been announced the only jumper on the “A” team for the upcoming
international competition season. Mike Glasder, William Rhoads, and Casey Larson have been
named to the “B” team. AJ Brown and Nick Mattoon are on the “C” squad. Bickner set a new
US distance record of 244.5 meters in ski flying at Vikersund NOR last season.
USA Nordic Announces Expanded Junior Teams
Names released for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined squads
On April 26, USA Nordic announced junior team lineups for the 2017-18 season. Read the full
press release: CLICK HERE
American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame to Induct Six
Banquet and induction ceremony scheduled for Red Wing MN Saturday August 5
Six new names will be added to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017.
They include Reuben Hamari, Chuck Heckert, Bobby Immens, Randy Lunde, Tim Norris, and
Wally Wakefield. More details at www.americanskijumping.com
USA Nordic Working on Reviving Ski Jumping Across Country
Keen focus on communities that had ski jumping clubs and facilities in the past
We’re very pleased with the efforts of USA Nordic to bring our sport back in places that once
had active clubs. Jed Hinkley has been leading this project, and we think you’ll enjoy reading
his recent status report. It begins by spotlighting the newly-revived club in Cameron WI, which
is operating as a satellite of the Eau Claire Ski Club about 50 miles away, with the close
cooperation of several other clubs. CLICK HERE
Project Updates: Red Wing MN … Iron Mountain MI
New K125 jump project in Minnesota, upgrades coming to K120 in Upper Michigan
Two Olympic-sized ski jumps in the midwest have been in the news recently. Plans for a
new jump near Red Wing (called Baldy125) are moving along, and a three-stage project
for improvements to the Pine Mountain jump were released by the Kiwanis Ski Club.
To read articles about each
project, click on city name above
the photo. To view enlarged
images, click on the individual
photos. We’ll bring you updates
on each of these projects as
things move along.
Attracting Newbies, Retaining Experience, Growing the Sport
Involved in, or interested in, growing our sport? See “Recruit/Retain”... link at left
Before the growth of participant snow sports, which took off in the 1950s, ski jumping was
one of the ways to have fun in the snow, and it was a very big spectator attraction in many
snowy regions of the US. The numbers of participants have remained low for many years,
but some clubs are growing again, and some which have been inactive are coming back to life.
If you are already involved in growing our sport, or have an interest in what it will take to
make it happen, please click the link above left to visit our “Recruit/Retain” page.
Masters Classes Encourage Adults to Keep Jumping!
For men & women 25 years of age and up ... age brackets & hill sizes for ALL
We invite you to visit 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. 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 want to keep jumpers in the sport, bring old jumpers back, and bring new jumpers in.
Late Season Competition News, 2017 Season
Americans 7th in Team Ski Flying, Best in Over 3 Decades!
Bickner, Glasder, Larson, Rhoads achieve milestone for USA Nordic Results: Sat 3/25
Kevin Bickner’s two jumps of 227.5 and 225 meters, combined with
Mike Glasder’s 196.5 and 203.5, Casey Larson’s 198 and 186.5, and
William Rhoads’ 204 and 185.5, gave the US a 7th place in four-man
team competition in Planica SLO on Saturday, Mar 25. Congratulations
to the athletes and coaches Bine Norcic, Uros Balki Vrhovec, and Clint
Jones. If your cable provider carries NBCSports.com you can view
replay at: http://stream.nbcsports.com/nbc/olympics?pid=30717
or watch free via the NBC Sports Live Extra app on your device.
Mike Glasder & Scott Smith … click photo to enlarge
The event was won by Norway, followed by Germany and Poland. The US team finished just
behind Japan, and ahead of the Czech Republic.
Three of the four US jumpers, Bickner, Glasder, and Larson are from the Norge Ski Club in Fox
River Grove, IL, a northwestern suburb of Chicago. Their Central Division coach, also from
Norge, is Scott Smith, a former US team jumper, and he was on hand to see his proteges in
action. The fourth member of this year’s team is William Rhoads, of Park City.
Although none of the Americans qualified for Friday’s individual competition, Bickner missed
the cutoff by only two spots. Top honors went to Austria’s Stefan Kraft, and he was followed
by a pair of Germans, Andreas Wellinger and Markus Eisenbichler. But we must mention once
again the astonishing, ageless Noriaki Kasai of Japan, who placed 4th at age 44.
On Sunday, the top 30 got the chance to end the season with a bang. Stefan
Kraft continued his hot streak by winning on a flight of 250 meters (the
competition was held to one round by wind). Andreas Wellinger was 2nd, and
Noriaki Kasai finished the season on the podium in 3rd. Kraft is 23 years old,
Wellinger is 21. Together, their ages add up to 44. Kasai IS 44 years old!
Noriaki Kasai… click photo to enlarge
KEVIN BICKNER FLIES 244.5M IN VIKERSUND … VIEW VIDEO
Longest ever by American, places 15th overall Results: Sun 3/19
Twelfth after first round, Kevin falls after landing at 234.5M in final round,
still takes 15th. Strong and gusty winds were evident throughout, and
starting gate was changed multiple times. The winner was Poland’s Kamil
Stoch, and Japan’s 44 year old Noriaki Kasai was 2nd. Michael Hayboeck of
Austria was 3rd. www.nbcsports.com/live Click photo to enlarge
World Record Broken Twice in Vikersund Team Competition
Austria’s Kraft flies 253.5M after Norway’s Johansson hits 252 Results: Sat 3/18
Saturday’s team competition in Vikersund provided major fireworks … ROBERT JOHANSSON
blasted off for a distance of 252 meters, eclipsing fellow Norwegian Anders Fannemel’s world
record by a half meter. Austria’s STEFAN KRAFT then stretched it another 1.5 meters to
253.5M (832 ft). Norway took the team title with 1572.6 points, Poland was 2nd with 1538.6,
and Austria placed 3rd with 1465.4 points. The USA placed 9th among 12 teams, one spot short
of making the final round. However, CASEY LARSON flew 216.5M, and Kevin Bickner hit 202.
Bickner & Glasder qualify for Sunday’s individual ski flying Results: Fri 3/17 quali
Two Americans qualified on Friday for Sunday’s individual ski flying event in Vikersund. Kevin
Bickner and Michael Glasder looked strong in training on Friday, and followed it up with solid
results in the qualification round with filghts of 198.5 and 190 meters, respectively.
Holmenkollen Kicked Off Late Season Competition in Norway
Holmenkollen Results: Sat 3/11 men’s team Sun 3/12 women’s indiv men’s indiv
Oslo’s Holmenkollen featured men’s team jumping Saturday, with both men’s and women’s
LARGE-HILL competitions Sunday. Austria took the team title, ahead of Germany and Poland.
Yuki Ito of Japan won the women’s competition, ahead of teammate World Cup series
champion Sara Takanashi. Norway’s Maren Lundby was 3rd. Americans Nita Englund, Sarah
Hendrickson, and Abby Ringquist finished 19th, 21st, and 25th, respectively. Stefan Kraft of
Austria won the men’s competition, with Germany’s Andreas Wellinger second and Markus
Eisenbichler, also of Germany, third. None of the US men qualified for the starting field of 50
for Sunday’s competition.
FIS Continental Cup Double-Header In Iron Mountain Feb 26
Too windy on Saturday, ran two full competitions Sunday Results: AM PM
Video available via Livestream: morning (3 segments) afternoon (5 segments)
Once each year, the FIS Continental Cup series makes an appearance in the US, at Iron
Mountain in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (100 miles north of Green Bay). This year, high
winds on Saturday resulted in that competition being held Sunday morning, with the
scheduled Sunday comp being held in the afternoon. Jumpers from eleven nations were
on hand, and the large crowd was treated to a lot of jumps of 130+ meters, with Poland’s
Klemens Muranka touching 140 in the morning’s first round.
Stefan Huber of Austria was the morning’s winner, ahead of Muranka and Austria’s Clemens
Aigner. AJ Brown of the USA made it into the final round, finishing 28th.
Top honors in the afternoon went to Halvor Egner Granerud of Norway, with Bor Pavlovic
of Slovenia 2nd and Huber 3rd. More info at www.kiwanisskiclub.com
For More on the 2017 Season, click to Archive (link at top left)