READY TO FLY     Now available      on iTunes    and Netflix click IMAGE to enlarge 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 Scroll down to read about how people get started ski jumping, and how they know when to quit! How Do People Start Ski Jumping? Nobody just picks up a pair of skis and gives it a try.  Not on big hills, anyway.  Ski jumpers start young, on very small jumps, and learn incrementally, moving gradually to larger jumps as their skills and confidence 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 an 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. Don West retired in 2011 as the oldest jumper in the US.  A resident of Plattsburgh NY, Don is a retired college professor.  He was an M5 jumper (in his seventies), and in recent years he has competed in Masters World Championships in Europe. Another active Masters jumper is Tom Ricchio, a semi-retired corporate jet pilot, who is also the coach of the junior program in Iola WI; he jumps in class M4. Tom has also competed in   the Masters World Championships. ** READ ARTICLE  about Tom, and his recent participation in  the 2010 US Masters Nat’l Championships in Coleraine MN. 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. FIS HOME PAGE  SKI JUMPING    -- Schedule / Results NORDIC COMBINED    -- Schedule / Results WomensSkiJumpingUSA      www.wsjusa.com . mm       
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Ready to Fly - Poster Site design by:   KJA & Associates       © 1999 - 2014 SkiJumpingUSA.com      Made with Xara Spring Headlines: Jumping & NC FIS Releases Provisional 2014-15 Calendar   read   FIS website USSA Cuts Funding for Nordic Combined   read   SteamboatToday Nordic Combined Cuts   read1  read2   FasterSkier  (read the comments) Hendrickson Named Utah’s Female Pro Athlete of the Year   read   Winter 2013-14 Highlights Jessica Jerome 5th in Final World Cup of 2014 Season finale in Planica       Results: 3/21 men   3/22 women   3/22 men-team   3/23 men Nina Lussi finishes first in Women’s Continental Cup season standings!  scroll down for details Severin Freund of Germany won the men’s comp on Friday in Planica SLO, ahead of Norway’s Anders Bardal and Slovenia’s Peter Prevc.  By finishing fourth, Poland’s Kamil Stoch, double gold medalist in Sochi,  locked up the overall World Cup title for the 2014 season.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes finished 45th.  Neither Anders Johnson (60th) nor Nick Fairall (61st) qualified for the starting field of 50. Jessica Jerome placed 5th in the last Women’s World Cup of the season scoring 232 points on flights of 117 and 124 meters on the large hill in Planica.  World Cup series champion Sara Takanashi of Japan once again dominated the field with 271.6 meters, flying 135 and 132.5 meters.  Her teammate Yuki Ito was 2nd, with France’s Julia Clair 3rd and Norway’s Line Jahr 4th.  Seven nations were represented in the top ten. Austria won the men’s competition on Saturday, ahead of Poland and Norway.  There’s one more men’s competition scheduled for Sunday; Anders Johnson and Mike Glasder will attempt to qualify. Prevc finished in the top spot on Sunday, with Freund 2nd and Bardal 3rd.  Stoch claimed another 4th, and in a great end to a terrific season, Japan’s Noriaka Kasai, age 41, finished 5th.  Qualifying was held prior to Sunday’s competition.  Two Americans, Johnson (50th) and Mike Glasder (62nd) failed to qualify, as did Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (61st).  That’s it for the 2014 World Cup season! Nina Lussi Wins Women’s Continental Cup Title Win and 2nd place in Falun lock up title:   Sat 03/01  Sun 03/02   final standings   article  Nina Lussi’s first and second place finishes in Falune SWE on Mar 1-2 vaulted her the lead in the 2013 Women’s Continental Cup series, guaranteeing her the season title as the last two competitions in Ruhpolding GER were canceled.  Nita Englund placed 5th on Saturday, but made the podium in 3rd on Sunday, bringing her to a tie for 9th with Germany’s Anna Rupprecht.  Alissa Johnson and Abby Hughes, who competed in earlier events before moving to World Cup, finished 15th and 23rd.  Emilee Anderson finished 24th after competing in four events, and Tara Geraghty-Moats was 26th after just two events. Severin Freund is World Ski Flying Champion Anders Bardal 2nd, Peter Prevc 3rd ... wind cancels Sat & Sun     Results:  Fri 3/14  Winds on Sat 3/15 resulted in cancellation of the second day of individual competition at the FIS World Ski Flying Championships in Harrachov CZE, so Friday’s results are final.  Germany’s Severin Freund was the winner ahead of Norway’s Anders Bardal and Slovenia’s Peter Prevc in.  Prevc had led Bardal and Freund after the first round, but came up a bit short on his final jump, slipping to third.  One point off the podium was Japan’s 41 year old Noriaki Kasai, who was more than ten points ahead of double Olympic gold medalist Kamil Stoch of Poland, who finished 5th.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was 30th.  Nick Fairall and Anders Johnson of the USA failed to qualify for the starting field of 40 jumpers.  Wind also killed the team competition on Sunday.  The men’s World Cup season ends next weekend in Planica SLO. Takanashi Wins Falun SWE World Cup Mar 15 Ito 2nd, Kykkaenen 3rd, Jerome 8th ... Sunday blown out          Results:  Sat 3/15 Japan’s Sara Takanashi and Yuki Ito stood first and second after the first round of Women’s World Cup action in Falun on Saturday Mar 15, and held those positions through the final round to finish 1-2.  Finland’s Julia Kykkaenen moved up to 3rd, bumping Olympic gold medalist Carina Vogt, of Germany, off the podium. Jessica Jerome, the only US jumper, finished in 8th place.  Sunday was canceled due to wind. Falun will host next year’s FIS World Championships, an every-other-year event.  Sarah Hendrickson, USA, is the defending World Champion.  The women’s World Cup season ends next weekend in Planica SLO.   Holmenkollen World Cup March 8-9; Men & Women   Takanashi wins, Jerome 10th         Results Sat 3/8:  Sat 3/8 women   Sun 3/9 men On Saturday in Oslo, Sara Takanashi put together flights of 132 and 128.5 meters, scoring 257.6 points, almost 40 points ahead of 2nd place Katja Pozun of Slovenia, who jumped 122 and 122.5 points.  Japan’s Yuki Ito was 3rd, scoring 216.2 points (122.5 and 125 meters).  Jessica Jerome, USA, placed 10th. After the first round of men’s competition on Sunday, it was Germany’s Severin Freund leading Norway’s Anders Bardal and Poland’s Kamil Stoch   And that’s exactly how it finished ... with Japan’s ageless Noriaki Kasai missing the podium by only 1.3 points.  Freund scored 265.4 points on jumps of 132 & 130.5 meters Jessica Jerome 2nd in Rasnov World Cup Mar 2 Takanashi wins twice; Jerome on podium Sunday ... Results:  Sat 3/1  Sun 3/2 Japan’s Sara Takanashi scored 252 points Saturday on jumps of 99 and 100.5 meters, beating 2nd-place Maren Lundby of Norway by a whopping 25.6 points.  Lundby flew 96 and 89 meters, earning 226.4 points.  Takanashi’s Japanese teammate Yuki Ito took 3rd place with 221.6 points on jumps of 95.5 and 87.5 meters.  The USA’s Jessica Jerome placed 15th; Lindsey Van had made the trip and participated in training on Friday, but flew home early because of a knee injury.  Takanashi locked up the 2014 World Cup title. On Sunday, Jerome scored her best finish of the year in women’s World Cup; her consistency produced flights 89 and 90.5 meters, earning her 220 points.  Takanashi won again, scoring 230.4 points on flights of 85 and 93.5 meters.  Italy’s Evelyn Insam completed the podium in 3rd, flying 93 and 86 meters, good for 212.3 points.  Slovenia’s Maja Vtic missed the podium by one-tenth of a point, and the fourth to seventh place finishers were separated by a total of three points.   Lussi 1st & 2nd in Falun Mar 1-2, Englund on Podium First COC win for Nina Saturday, first podium for Nita Sunday     Results:  Sat 3/1  Sun 3/2 The newly-reconstructed normal hill in Falun hosted Continental Cup competition this weekend,  Falun will be the site of next year’s FIS World Championships. On Saturday, Nina Lussi of the USA notched her first COC victory, ahead of 17 year old Joanna Szwab of Poland and Wendy Vuik of the Netherlands.  Lussi’s American teammate Nita Englund placed 5th.  On Sunday, Finland’s Susanna Forsstroem took the top spot; Lussi took 2nd, and Englund finished 3rd to complete the podium.   Men’s World Cup in Lahti FIN Feb 28 - Mar 2 Freund, Kraft, Stoch on podium Friday      Results:  Fri 2/28  Sat 3/1  Sun 3/2 Germany’s Severin Freund, who didn’t get an individual medal in Sochi, won Friday’s World Cup in Lahti.  Austria’s Stefan Kraft was 2nd, and double gold medalist from Sochi, Poland’s Kamil Stoch, placed 3rd.  Neither Nick Alexander nor Anders Johnson qualified for the starting field of 50; Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd- Clowes also came up short in qualifications. On Sunday, Stoch was the winner, with Freund 2nd and Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer finished 3rd.  Boyd-Clowes placed 41st; there were no Americans in the starting field of 50 jumpers. Men’s FIS Cup in Zakopane POL Feb 27-28 US men have good week in FIS Cup action      Results:  Thu 2/27  Fri 2/28 On Feb 27 in Zakopane, Nick Fairall was 7th, Will Rhoads 9th, Pete Frenette 23rd, Kevin Bickner 25th, and Brian Wallace was 36th.  The winner was Germany’s Max Mechler.  On Fri Feb 28, Wallace placed 15th, Fairall 17th, Bickner 18th, Glasder 45th and Frenette 50th. Germany’s Michael Dreher was the winner..   Men’s World Cup in Falun SWE Feb 26 Freund, Prevc, Kasai take top 3 spots, Alexander 45th     Results:  Wed 2/26 Germany’s Severin Freund stood atop the podium in Falun, ahead of Slovenia’s Peter Prevc and Japan’s amazing Noriaki Kasai, age 41.  The only American in the field was Nick Alexander, who finished 45th. Junior National Championships in Anchorage RESULTS:  Sunday 2/23:   Indiv Jump    NC XC Race                    Monday 2/24:   Team Jump    NC Sprint Relay                  Tuesday 2/25:   Distance Elimination Competition Individual ski jumping competition and a Nordic Combined XC race were held Sunday at the Karl Eid ski jumping complex in Anchorage AK.  Team jumping and Nordic Combined 1K relay competition were held on Monday.  The event wrapped up Tuesday with a distance jumping competition.  See links above for results!   Women’s Continental Cup in Lahti Feb 15-16 Four US athletes competed in Finland     Results:  Sat 2/15   Sun 2/16  A pair of Germans, Juliane Seyfarth and Anna Haefele traded the two top spots on the podium in Women’s Continental Cup action in Lahti FIN in mid-February.  Norway’s Anna Odine Stroem and Russia’s Sofya Tikhonova swapped 3rd and 4th positions. Four Americans competed with Nina Lussi capturing 5th and 6th, Tara Geraghty-Moats 10th and 12th, Nita Englund 14th and 9th, and Emilee Anderson 15th and 13th. /////  Olympic Ski Jumping - Men & Women  ///// Nordic Combined Team - Large Hill / 4x5K Relay GOLD TO NORWAY, Silver to Germany, Bronze to Austria Americans place 6th in Nordic Combined team competition in Sochi    results The Norwegian team of Magnus Moan, Haavard Klemetsen, Magnus Krog, and Joergen Graabak won the gold medal in the Nordic Combined team event on Thurs Feb 20.  Germany got the silver, just three tenths of a second behind Norway, with Austria less than three seconds behind Norway to capture the bronze.  The US team of Bryan Fletcher, Todd Lodwick, Taylor Fletcher, and Bill Demong finished 6th.  This event begins with a single jump on the large hill, followed by a 4-man relay, with each athlete doing a 5K loop.  Congratulations to our NC team!  Next up for our jumpers and NC athletes is ... the closing ceremonies! Nordic Combined Individual - Large Hill / 10K GOLD TO GRAABAK, Silver to Moan, Bronze to Riessle Americans:  Taylor Fletcher 20th, Bryan Fletcher 22nd, Bill Demong 31st   results Norwegian Joergen Graabak claimed the gold medal in the individual large hill / 10K Nordic Combined event on Tues Feb 18.  He finished teh race just six-tenths ahead of teammate Magnus Moan. Germany’s Fabian Riessle finished 3rd, just a second behind Moan.  Graabak and Moan had been 6th and 7th in jumping, and started the race 42 and 45 seconds behind jump winner Eric Frenzel of Germany.  Riessle had been 9th in jumping, and started 55 seconds back.  American Taylor Fletcher finished 20th, 1:17.1 behind the leader.  He’d been 35th in jumping, and started 2:13 back.  His brother Bryan finished 22nd, 1:24.8 behind Graabak, after placing 27th in jumping and starting with a 1:59 deficit.  Bill Demong finished 2:13.8 back, after placing 38th in jumping and starting 2:18 behind Graabak.  Todd Lodwick placed 30th in jumping, but skipped the race due to a sore shoulder. Team Ski Jumping, Large Hill Monday Feb 17 GOLD TO GERMANY, Silver to Austria, Bronze to Japan Americans finish 10th on strong jump from Alexander ... results The US team of Nick Alexander, Nick Fairall, Peter Frenette, and Anders Johnson competed in team ski jumping in Sochi on Monday Feb 17.  Germany took the gold medal, edging Austria (silver) and Japan (bronze).  With a strong final jump by Nick Alexander, the Americans finished 10th, ahead of South Korea and Canada.  Later this week, Nordic Combined kicks into gear again, and the ski jumping portion of the Nordic Combined events will bring crowds back to the jumping venue. 41 Year Old Silver Medalist in Men’s Large Hill! STOCH GETS GOLD, Silver to Kasai, Bronze to Prevc Canada’s Boyd-Clowes finishes 25th; Fairall top American in 35th    results Fifty jumpers started the first round in Men’s Large HIll competition on Saturday Feb 15.  When the first round was over, Poland’s Kamil Stoch, current leader in World Cup points was in the lead, ahead of the amazing 41 year old Noriaki Kasai of Japan, and Germany’s Severin Freund. In a tremendously exciting final round, Slovenia’s Peter Prevc took top spot over Freund with two jumpers to go, then Kasai blasted out another long flight to move into the lead, with only Stoch remaining at the top.  It took another great jump from Stoch, but he grabbed the gold with 278.7 points to Kasai’s 277.4; Prevc had 274.8,  Freund finished 4th, and Norway’s Anders Fannemel 5th. Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was the only North American to advance to the final round; he finished 25th.  Nick Fairall was the top US finisher in 35th, ahead of a number of highly-ranked jumpers, including Slovenia’s Robert Kranjec, Norway’s Anders Jacobsen, Austria’s Thomas Morgenstern, and Germany’s Andreas Wellinger.  Nick Alexander was 48th 30 Women Make Olympic History in Sochi! VOGT WINS GOLD, Silver to Iraschko-Stolz, Bronze to Mattel Jessica Jerome 10th,  Lindsey Van 15th,  Sarah Hendrickson 21st    results It’s in the books ... it has happened ... we’ll no longer have to think about “when they get there”  it’s now all about the spectacular competition that happened WHEN THEY GOT THERE!  Jenny Schomberg, a super fan from Germany and well-known in the US, said it best, “... the only event with 30 Olympic champions.” Carina Vogt of Germany edged Austria’s Daniela Irascko-Stolz to become the first-ever gold medalist in women’s ski jumping at the Olympics.  They stood 2nd and 3rd in the World Cup coming into Sochi.  France’s Coline Mattel slipped into third, edging Japan’s Sara Takanashi, runaway leader in the World Cup series, who finished 4th.  Italy’s Evelyn Insam was 5th.  The top seven positions were separated by less than six points.   Twelve nations were represented in the field of 30, and eight nations had someone in the top ten. For the USA, it was Jessica Jerome in 10th, Lindsey Van 15th, and Sarah Hendrickson 21st.  A pair of Canadians, Atsuko Tanaka and Taylor Henrich, placed 12th and 13th.  GREAT JOB, NORTH AMERICANS! In this morning’s training round, somebody had to be first ... and that was bib#1, Sarah Hendrickson of the USA, who started earliest because she had zero World Cup points.  She missed the whole season after tearing up her knee in late August when she out-jumped the hill in Oberstdorf GER.  After a grueling rehab, she returned to jumping on Jan 11.  She eased her way through practice at home and training in Sochi, then blasted out a 97 meter trial jump, starting two gates lower than almost everybody else.  She finished 21st in the competition, a mind-boggling achievement after 4+ months of recovery and 1 month of low-key practice. Check out this “Dads in Sochi Blog” from Peter Jerome and Bill Hendrickson in Sochi ... CLICK HERE Olympic Ski Jumping Opener:  Men’s Normal Hill STOCH GETS GOLD, Silver to Prevc, Bronze to Bardal Alexander top American in 35th; Frenette 45th, Johnson 47th    results Olympic ski jumping competition began on Saturday Feb 8 with the men’s individual competition on the normal hill. and the medals went to top contenders in the World Cup circuit.  Kamil Stoch (Poland) was the gold medalist, Peter Prevc (Slovenia) earned the silver, and Anders Bardal (Norway) won the bronze medal.  Stoch’s flights of 105.5 and 103.5 meters earned him 278 points.  Three Americans qualified for the field of 50, but none made the cut to the final round of 30.  NIck Alexander was the best American, in 35th place; Peter Frenette was 45th and Anders Johnson 47th.  Nick Fairall didn’t make it into the field of 50.  A pair of Canadians also competed, with Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes placing 37th and Dusty Korek 40th. Iron Mt Conti Cup: Muranka Wins Fri 2/7, Lanisek Sat 2/8 Wind forces cancellation of Sunday’s competition ... Results:  Fri 2/7  Sat 2/8 Poland’s Klemens Muranka took first place on Friday in Iron Mountain MI, flying 129.5 and 127 meters, scoring 251.5 points.  Karl Geiger of Germany was 2nd, and Nejc Dezman of Slovenia 3rd.  The top placing American was Chris Lamb in 38th.  There are 62 competitors from 11 nations here for the weekend. Three Slovenians filled the podium Saturday in Iron Mountain ... it was Anze Lanisek winning with flights of 132.5 and 133 meters, scoring 275.8 points, followed by Nejc Dezman, and Andraz Pograjc.  The best American finsh was Will Rhoads in 46th.  Sunday’s competition was canceled because of wind.   Glasder Wins US Cup #6 in Ishpeming Feb 5    Results: Wed 2/5 Slovenia’s Krapez 2nd, Finland’s Kykkaenen 3rd ... Mattoon wins Jr Class, Edlund wins Open class It was the last of the midwest 5-Hills series, and 6th in the US Cup series, and Mike Glasder continued his hot streak by winning the US Cup class in Ishpeming, scoring 242 points on jumps of 92.5 and 94 meters. David Krapez of Slovenia was 2nd, and Jere Kykkaenen of Finland rounded out the podium.  Other US athletes in the top ten included Will Rhoads 5th, Brian Wallace 6th, Nick Mattoon 8th, and Christian Friberg 9th.  Nathan Mattoon was the winner in Junior Class, and the Open Class title went to Davey Edlund.. Edlunds, Glasder Light it Up in Westby on Saturday Feb 1 Kveder, Larson, Edlund take top honors on Friday night ... Results:  Fri 1/31 US Cup   Sat 2/1 Westby’s K106 is halfway in size between the Olympic “normal” and “large” hills.  It’s a historic venue in western Wisconsin’s beautiful Coulee Country; it hosted a pair of exciting competitions Jan 31 & Feb 1. On Friday night,  Davey Edlund won the Masters Class with a pair of identical 106 meter flights, scoring 227 points.  Casey Larson took the Under 20 class with jumps of 110 and 114.5 meters, rolling up 238.5 points. Slovenia’s Mikael Kveder continued his domination of the US Cup class with jumps of 122 and 119.5 meters, good for 271.6 points  A pair of Americans took the next two podium spots; Brian Wallace in 2nd with flights of 116.5 and 118.5 meters, scoring 268.9 points, and Mike Glasder, 116 and 120.5 meters for 268.1 points, Saturday’s Snowflake tournament was even more exciting, with Glasder taking first place in the Senior / Open competition on jumps of 126 and 119.5 meters for a score of 279.8. Rozle Zagar of Slovenia took 2nd with jumps of 127 and 117 meters for a score of 279.1.  Christian Friberg was third, 121.5 and 117 meters (269.2 points), and Wallace was a half-point back on jumps of 122 and 114 meters.  Kveder had the longest jump of the day at 129 meters in the first round, but fell; and didn’t jump in the final round. A pair of Edlunds ran off with top honors in the the other two classes.  Davey, the older brother, once again demonstrated his consistency, with a pair of 111 meter flights to take top spot in Masters with 244.5 points..  Trevor blasted out jumps of 117 and 115 for 260.5 points to win the Men’s Under 20 class. Sara Takanashi Wins X2 in Hinzenbach World Cup Feb 1-2 Iraschko-Stolz 2nd twice, Vtic 3rd Saturday, Kykkaenen 3rd Sunday ... Results:  Sat 2/1   Sun 2/2  After finishing second twice last weekend to Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, Japan’s Sara Takanashi returned to the top of the podium Feb 1 in Hinzenbach AUT.  Iraschko-Stolz was 2nd, and Sloenia’s Maja Vtic edged Germany’s Carina Vogt for third.  On Sunday (Groundhog day in the US) it was again Takanashi & Iraschko-Stolz in the top two spots, but Finland’s Julia Kykkaenen slipped into third. . Large Crowds in Chicago for US Cup at Norge Ski Club Jan 25-26 International field provides exciting competition! ... Results:   Sat 1/25 Juniors    Sun 1/26 US Cup Slovenia’s Mikael Kveder continues to dominate the US Cup series, winning the third of five midwestern competitions at Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove IL  He scored 250.1 points on jumps of 77.5 and 78 meters.  His teammate David Krapez was 2nd, and Finland’s Jere Kykkaenen took 3rd.  The highest  placing American was Nick Mattoon in 6th.  The Senior Class winner was Norge’s own Albert Gasienica.  Sabina Gasienica won in Women’s Under 20, while Joe Hoffman of Madison won in Men’s Under 20.   See photo gallery ... CLICK HERE                        Tom Bickner photo - click to enlarge American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame Grand Opening January 25 Doors opened today at ASJ HOF and Museum located in historic St James Hotel, Red Wing MN The enhanced and expanded ASJ HOF and Museum celebrated its Grand Opening on Saturday, Jan 25. The facility is located in the beautiful and historic St James Hotel.  The town of Red Wing is recognized as the “Birthplace of American Ski Jumping,” because the first documented tournament in the United States was held there in 1887, and their Aurora Ski Club remained active until the early 1950s. Visit the ASJ HOF & Museum website at  www.americanskijumping.com Big Field, Big Distances at Eau Claire’s Silvermine Jan 17-18 Two evenings of terrific distance jumping under the lights! ... Results:  Fri 1/17   Sat 1/18   NC Eau Claire’s Silvermine weekend kicked off on Friday evening with an international field of more than sixty skiers, including nine international jumpers (Finland, Norway, Slovenia).  Class winners included David Edlund (Masters), Patrick Gasienica (Under 17 men), Emilee Anderson Under 20 women), Michael Kveder  of Slovenia (Open class, all international skiers), and Brian Wallace (North American Nordic championships class).  Kveder’s 95.5 and 94 meter flights were the longest of the night, and earned him 259 points. Saturday began with the NC race (the NC jumping was part of Friday night’s tournament). The US Cup jumping was the feature of Saturday night’s event.  NC honors went to Koby Vargas.  The only woman in the field, Tara Geraghty-Moats, placed fourth.  Karl Schulz was the winner in the Under 17 men’s class. Saturday evening featured the first competition in the midwest “5 Hills” series (and the second in the season-long US Cup series).  The US Cup class included the international jumpers as well as the US competitors, and Kveder grabbed the top spot on the podium with flights of 96 and 94.5 meters, rolling up 262.5 points.  His  Slovenian teammate Rozle Zagar was second, and Finland’s Jere Kykkaenen completed the podium.  Brian Wallace was the top American, in fifth with flights of 85 and 89 meters, scoring 233 points.  Edlund took top hors in the Masters class again, while Geraghty-Moats won the women’s Open class, and Gasienica won the Under 20 men’s class. American Athletes in Japan and Poland Jan 16-19 for WC and COC  Zao Women’s WC:  Takanashi wins TWICE after wind cancels final round ... Results:  Sat 1/18  Sun 1/19 Sara Takanashi won a wind-shortened single-round World Cup competition Saturday at Zao JPN, racking up enough points on a monster flight of 104 meters, despite starting from a lower gate AND losing a bunch of points for a fall.  Her teammate Yuki Ito was 2nd, and Germany’s Carina Vogt placed 3rd.  Jessica Jerome led the Americans in 13th, with Abby Hughes 21st, Alissa Johnson in a tie for 27th, Lindsey Van was 38th, and Nita Englund placed 45th.  Sunday followed a similar one-round script.  After several wind delays, Takanashi won, blasting out the longest flight of the day, at 98 meters, despite starting from a lower gate again.  This time, Vogt grabbed 2nd, and Switzerland’s Bigna Windmueller placed 3rd.  As for the Americans, Jessica Jerome was 10th, Alissa Johnson 20th, Van 23rd, and Englund 37th.  Hughes was DQ’d for an equipment violation Sapporo Men’s COC (normal hill):  Alexander 24th Thu, Johnson 23rd Fri ... Results:  Thu 1/16   Fri 1/17 Sapporo Men’s COC (large hill):  Alexander 17th Sat, 25th Sun ... Results:  Sat  1/18   Sun 1/19 Despite a sprained ankle, Nick Alexander made the final round on Thursday, placing 24th.  Teammate Mike Glasder finished 51st, while Anders Johnson and Chris Lamb were disqualified.  On Friday, Johnson finished in a 3-way tie for 23rd, with Glasder 45th, Lamb 46th, and Alexander 52nd.  Nejc Dezman of Slovenia was the winner both days. On the large hill Saturday, Alexander placed 17th, Johnson 30th, Glasder 39th, and Lamb 58th.  The winner was Japan’s Junshiro Kobayashi.  On Sunday, the top spot went to Germany’s Markus Eisenbichler.  As for the US contingent, Alexander placed 25th, Lamb 29th, Johnson 44th, and Glasder 55th.     Van Hits Longest Jump in Sapporo Final, Moves From 14th to 5th  Second day of Sapporo World Cup; Jerome places 7th, Johnson 14th again ... Results:  Sun 1/12  Yes, Sara Takanashi won again, with France’s Coline Mattel 2nd, Russia’s Irina Avvakumova scoring another 3rd, and Canada’s Atsuko Tanaka 4th. But the story of the day had to be the performance of Lindsey Van.  She’d been disappointed yesterday, missing the final round by two spots after being the top qualifier on Friday.  Her first jump of 83.5 meters put her in 14th place after the first round, but her mighty flight of 93 meters was the longest in the final round, and elevated her to 5th in the final results.  Jessica Jerome was the model of consistency, placing 7th in both rounds.  Alissa Johnson, 17th after the first round, moved up to 14th in the final results.  Abby Hughes placed 39th, and Nita Englund 48th.     UPDATE: ESPN-W Story on Sarah Hendrickson   Jerome 10th in Sapporo World Cup, Johnson 14th, Hughes 28th  First day of competition; Takanashi wins, Vogt 2nd, Avvakumova 3rd ... Results:  Sat 1/11   World Cup series leader Sara Takanashi of Japan notched another big victory in Sapporo on January 11, scoring 254.5 points on jumps of 99 and 94.5 meters.  Germany’s  Carina Vogt rang up 240.7 points on a pair of jumps to the 94.5 meter mark.  Russia’s Irina Avvakumova was third with 224.1 points on flights of 90.5 and 89.5 meters.  US jumper Jessica Jerome placed 10th, with teammates Alissa Johnson 14th and Abby Hughes 28th.  Lindsey Van, Friday’s top qualifier, had an unexpectedly short first jump, and finished 32nd.   Noriaki Kasai Gets Historic Win in Ski Flying at Kulm on Sat Jan 11 Hugely popular jumper on podium again Sunday in 3rd      Results:  Sat Jan 11   Sun Jan 12 At age 41, Noriaki Kasai is by far the most senior athlete on the World Ski Jumping circuit, always a solid performer, but he hadn’t had a win in ten years.  At the Kulm ski flying comples in Bad Mitterndorf AUT, he won the first day of ski flying competition on Jan 11, 2014 ... becoming the oldest winner in World Cup history.  He was the FIS ski flying World Champion in 1992.  Some of his competitors hadn’t been born yet! Kasai put together flights of 196 and 197 meters, scoring 391.6 points.  Slovenia’s Peter Prevc was 2nd, and Austria’s Gregor Schlierenzauer was 3rd.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes cracked the top ten, finishing 9th, with distances of 181.5 and 180 meters.  Americans Nick Fairall and Peter Frenette didn’t qualify for the starting field on Saturday, but are looking forward to Sunday and some better jumps. Sunday’s podium contained the same cast of characters, but Prevc took the top spot and Schlierenzauer moved up to 2nd, with Kasai 3rd.  Switzerland’s Simon Ammann finished three-tenths behind Kasai in 4th. Boyd-Clowes finished 36th and Frenette 38th; Fairall didn’t qualify for the starting field of 40.  Takanashi Wins TWICE in Hinterzarten World Cup Dec 21-22 Jerome 10th & 9th, Van 9th & 21st, Johnson 30th & 29th ... Official Results:  Sat 12/21   Sun 12/22 On Saturday in HInterzarten GER, Japan’s Sara Takanashi was the winner, followed by Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova.  Van placed 9th, Jerome 10th, Johnson 30th, and Hughes 46th.  On Sunday, Takanashi won again, with Avvakumova 2nd and Germany’s Carina Vogt 3rd.  Jerome made the top ten again, placing 9th, while Van finished 21st, Johnson 29th, and Hughes 47th. Sara Takanashi Wins First Women’s World Cup of the Season Jerome 19th, Van 22nd in field of 70 jumpers from 14 countries ... official results The largest-ever women’s World Cup field kicked off the 2013-14 season in LIllehammer Norway on Dec 7.  Picking up where she left off last year, Japan’s Sara Takanashi scored a solid victory, rolling up 286 points on flights of 102 and 96.5 meters.  In a surprising tie for 2nd, the oldest competitor, Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, and the youngest, Germany’s Giannina Ernst, each scored 270 points.  Irascho-Stolz is 30, and missed last season due to a severe knee injury.  Ernst is only 14 years old, and will turn 15 on New Year’s Eve, just making the minimum age for this season’s World Cup by one day. Americans Jessica Jerome and Lindsey Van made the final round of 30, finishing 19th & 22nd, respectively, with teammates Abby Hughes & Alissa Johnson 36th & 37th.  Nina Lussi didn’t make the field of 50.  Congratulations to Canada’s Taylor Henrich on her 10th place!              Read previous articles on our Extended News page ... GO  >>> Athlete Sites/Pages   Get to know ‘em!     Ski Jumping   Nick Alexander   Nick Fairall   Peter Frenette   Sarah Hendrickson   Jessica Jerome   Anders Johnson   Lindsey Van     Nordic Combined   Bill Demong   Brett Denney   Bryan Fletcher   Taylor Fletcher   Todd Lodwick   Adam Loomis   Mike Ward     We’ll add more as   we receive them.   Please visit their   team sites also,   via links above. NEW Norge Jan 2014