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H E A D L I N E S     SCROLL DOWN for more in “Talkin’ About”   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 Recruiting and Retention ... Bringing in New Jumpers, Keeping Experienced Ones Flying! All Competition News Except MOST RECENT now on News & Results page E Y E C A T C H E R S !     Scenes from ski jumping & Nordic combined    T A L K I N ‘  A B O U T    Features, editorials, trending topics, etc.   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!!! > > > READ MORE ... click “RECRUIT / RETAIN” button in navigation menu              Read previous articles on our News & Results page ... GO  >>>
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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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H E A D L I N E S     SCROLL DOWN for more in “Talkin’ About”   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 Recruiting and Retention ... Bringing in New Jumpers, Keeping Experienced Ones Flying! All Competition News Except MOST RECENT now on News & Results page E Y E C A T C H E R S !     Scenes from ski jumping & Nordic combined    T A L K I N ‘  A B O U T    Features, editorials, trending topics, etc.   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
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