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Hendrickson 8th, Hughes 15th, Englund 19th in Hinzenbach AUT World Cup Sat Jan 31
Finland’s Anselmi Ilola and Slovenia’s Gasper Vodan Go 1-2 in Westby Jan 30-31
Nick Alexander 44th on Fri Jan 30 in Willingen GER World Cup; Poland’s Kamil Stoch Wins
Friberg 38th, Johnson 40th in Zakopane POL Continental Cup Jan 31; Kubacki Wins
FIS Cup & US Cup to Brattleboro VT, Lk Placid NY ... FIS Continental Cup to Iron Mt MI
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Hendrickson 8th in HInzenbach World Cup Jan 30, Hughes 15th, Englund 19th
Iraschko-Stolz and Carina Vogt 1-2 again, Takanashi 3rd ... more action tomorrow!
Sarah Hendrickson bounced back from a tough outing last week to place 8th in Women’s World
Cup action in Hinzenbach AUT on Saturday. The winner, Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz, flew
93 and 91.5 meters, scoring 251.4 points. Germany’s Carina Vogt, gold medalist in Sochi,
earned 245.6 points on jumps of 89 and 88 maters. Japan’s Sara Takanashi came in 3rd with
236 points on flights of 88 and 89 meters ... and less than six points separated 3rd through
10th places. Hendrickson scored 233.6 on jumps of 88.5 and 83.5 meters.
Abby Hughes, back in World Cup action after knee surgery, placed a strong 15th, and Nita
Englund earned another top-20, finishing 19th. Jessica Jerome was 27th, Tara Geraghty-Moats
placed 33rd, and Nina Lussi 38th. They’ll be in action again tomorrow. RESULTS Sat 1/31
Finland’s Anselmi Ilola Wins Final Midwest US Cup event in Westby WI Jan 30
Slovenia’s Gasper Vodan 2nd, Nick Mattoon 3rd on Friday for best US result
Once again, Anselmi Ilola stood on top the podium in Westby Friday night. Slovenia’s Gasper
Vodan was 2nd, and Nick Mattoon of the USA was 3rd. Andrew Urlaub took the top spot in
Under 20 class, while the Masters class winner was Davey Edlund. RESULTS Fri 1/30
Saturday’s Snowflake Tournament ended with Ilola and Vodan 1-2 on the podium again, with
Slovenia’s Matic Benedik in 3rd place. Four Americans, Casey Larson, Trevor Edlund, Brian
Wallace, and Miles Lussi finished 6-7-8-9. Luke Tschida took the top spot in the Under 20
class, and Davey Edlund repeated as the Masters winner. RESULTS Sat 1/31
Men’s World Cup in Willingen GER Jan 30-Feb 1
Nick Alexander 44th on Friday; Stoch (POL), Prevc (SLO), Freund (GER) 1-2-3
Willingen is one of the largest jumps (non-ski flying hills) on the World Cup circuit. It’s K-
point is at 137.5 meters, and it’s rated at hill size (HS) of 145 meters. This weekend, it’s
hosting a World Cup tournament, with individual competitions Friday and Sunday, and a
team competition on Saturday. Two Americans are on hand; Nick Alexander and Mike Glasder.
Nick qualified for Friday’s competition, and Mike narrowly missed the cut to 40 jumpers (plus
the 10 pre-qualified, the top 10 in World Cup standings). Nick placed 44th, missing the final
round of 30. Poland’s Kamil Stoch was the winner, ahead of Slovenia’s Peter Prevc and
Germany’s Severin Freund. RESULTS Fri 1/30
Poland’s Kubacki wins Men’s Continental Cup Jan 31 in Zakopane POL
Friberg 38th, Johnson 40th Sat Jan 31; Continental Cup comes to US Feb 20-22
In Continental Cup action on Saturday Jan 31 in Zakopane, Poland’s Dawid Kubacki was the
winner, with Germany’s Daniel Wenig 2nd and Austria’s Ulrich Wohlgenannt 3rd. Two US
jumpers, Christian Friberg and Anders Johnson, finished 38th and 40th. RESULTS Sat 1/31
This is an incredibly competitive series, and it will have three-day stop in the USA Feb 20-22
on 120 meter Pine Mountain in Iron Mountain MI (Upper Peninsula).
FIS Cup & US Cup Coming to Brattleboro VT Feb 14-15, Lake Placid Feb 17
Brattleboro: Harris Hill Website for latest info! Lake Placid: awaiting info
There will be two days of competition in Brattleboro on the weekend of Feb 14-15, and also a
day of US Cup action (concurrent). This is always an exciting event, and we urge those of you
within driving distance to make it for some great live ski jumping action. Check link above
for event information!
The following Tuesday, Feb 17, there will be an evening tournament in Lake Placid, which will
also be an FIS Cup event, concurrent with the US Cup finals. These two tournaments kick off
a big week of ski jumping in the USA, which will conclude with three days of international FIS
Continental Cup action in Iron Mountain MI beginning on Friday Feb 20.
FIS Continental Cup Tourney in Iron Mountain MI for THREE Days ... Feb 20-22
See the host ski club’s website for more info ... www.kiwanisskiclub.com
There’s ONE annual FIS Continental Cup tournament in the US each year, at Iron Mountain in
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. FIS has once again scheduled THREE DAYS of competition on Pine
Mountain, the 120 meter hill just north of town. This hill is the size of an Olympic “Large”
hill, and the same size as those in the prestigious Four Hills Tourney in Germany and Austria.
In countries where ski jumping is wildly popular, top jumpers often move back and forth
between the World Cup series and Continental Cup. Here’s your chance to see many of the
best jumpers in the world, in action on a huge hill. The distance record on this hill is 143.5
meters. That’s 471 feet to us Americans. It’s not about height, but length of flight!
If you’ve never seen this sport “up close and personal” ... plan to get there! It’s impossible
to get a true sense of it from TV. If you’re a parent of a junior jumper, this is their chance
to see MAJOR LEAGUE SKI JUMPING. if they dream of flying a “big one,” take ‘em to see it!
Where’s Iron Mountain, you ask? One hundred miles directly north of Green Bay. Easy drive
from anywhere in the midwest, and there’s daily airline service to the Iron Mountain /
Kingsford Ford Airport, just a couple miles from Pine Mountain.
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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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,
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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