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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
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
Kevin Bickner 30th, 40th in Hakuba JPN, William Rhoads 34th & 37th
Neither US athlete made the final round of 30 in men’s Summer GP competition in Hakuba
on Sat Aug 29, but Bickner slipped into the points by finishing 30th on Sun Aug 30.
>>> RESULTS: Saturday Aug 29 Sunday Aug 30
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
American Ski Jumping HOF Induction August 8
Twelve inducted at ceremony in Red Wing ... www.americanskijumping.com
The Class of 2015 was honored at a banquet and induction ceremony at the historic
St James Hotel in Red Wing MN on August 8. The American Ski Jumping Museum is located in
the hotel. Red Wing is recognized as “The Birthplace of American Ski Jumping,” having held
its first tournament in 1887, and also having hosted national championship events in 1928
and 1936. Click link above for more info, inductee videos, etc.
W Rhoads, N Lussi, B Fletcher Win National Titles
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 hear’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.
Englund 4th, Bickner 6th in Villach AUT FIS Cup
Results: Sat 7/11 women men Sun 7/12 women men
Nita Englund just missed the women’s podium Saturday, finishing 4th behind Austria’s Jaci
Seifriedsberger, Germany’s Luisa Goerlich, and Slovenia’s Ursa Bogataj.
Kevin Bickner was the top US finisher in men’s competition Saturday, placing 25th. Germany’s
Danny Queck was the winner, followed by Eduard Torok of Roumania and Ernest Prislic (SLO)
On Sunday, the women’s podium consisted of Seifriedsberger and Goerlich 1-2, with Bogataj
and her Slovenian teammate Ema Klinec tied for 3rd. Englund was 30th.
Bickner cranked it up many notches on Sunday, finishing in a tie for 6th with Switzerland’s
Pascal Kaelin. Germany’s Tim Heinrich was the winner, with Austria’s Lukas Mueller 2nd and
Queck completing the podium in 3rd.
Kubacki Wins Twice in Kranj, Bickner 12th, 28th
First two Continental Cup events of the summer Results: Sat 7/4 Sun 7/5
This was an extraordinarily high-level competition. The winner scored 292.9 points on jumps
of 109.5 and 112.5 meters. The top 8 scored 270 or more points, the top 18 scored 260 or
more, and 29 of the 30 jumpers who qualified for the second round had more than 250 points!
Kubacki won again on Sunday, with Peter Prevc 2nd and his Slovenian teammate Anze Lanisek
completing the podium in 3rd. Bickner made the final round again, finishing 28th, while
Mattoon placed 53rd and Brown 55th.
Sandro Hauswirth (SUI) Wins in Lake Placid July 4
Casey Larson 2nd, Miles Lussi 3rd, Tara Geraghty-Moats 4th Results: Sat 7/4
The annual July 4 ski jumping event in Lake Placid saw Switzerland’s Sandro Hauswirth take
the victory with jumps of 98 and 96.5 meters. Casey Larson was 2nd, scoring 245 points on
jumps of 97 and 92.5 meters. Miles Lussi was 3rd and Tara Geraghty-Moats 4th.
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:
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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!
T H R O W B A C K T O 1 9 4 9
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.
(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 box
at right of any line to
get a list of PDFs ready
for viewing or
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.
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The US Men’s Ski Jumping
and Nordic Combined
teams have been merged
into USA Nordic.