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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.  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 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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USA Nordic Announces Expanded Junior Teams Names released for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined s;quads On April 26, USA Nordic announced junior team lineups for the 2017-18 season.  Read the full press release:      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 in Red Wing were featured recently in the Rochester Post Bulletin, and a three-stage project for improvements to the Pine Mountain jump were released by the Kiwanis Ski Club.      RED WING       IRON MOUNTAIN 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. 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 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. Kevin Bickner 30th in FIS World Championship in Lahti FIN Four Americans, one Canadian qualify Wednesday for starting field of 50 We’re digging through FIS archives to find out if this has ever been done before … four American jumpers qualifying for a World Championship competition.  We’ll update this article when we have the definitive answer.  Great qualifying performance! Mike Glasder qualified 14th, William Rhoads 21st, Casey Larson 33rd, and Kevin Bickner 34th on Wednesday Feb 1 in Lahti for the Large-Hill individual championship.  In addition, Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes, who trains with the US team, placed 15th. In Thursday’s championship competition, only Bickner made it to the final round of 30, but seeing five North Americans in the official results was exciting nevertheless.  Boyd-Clowes placed 38th, Rhoads 39th, Glasder 40th, and Larson 46th. 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 Results Summary From FIS World Championships in Lahti  Links to scoresheets for ski jumping (M/F): 2/24 Women’s jumping K90   Vogt, Ito, Takanashi … Hendrickson 23rd, Englund 27th 2/25 Men’s jumping K90    Kraft, Wellinger, Eisenbichler … Bickner 47th, Glasder 49th 2/26 Mixed Team jumping  Germany, Austria, Japan … USA 8th 3/02 Men’s jumping K120    Kraft, Wellinger, Zyla … Bickner 30th, Rhoads 39th, Glasder 40th, Larson 46th 3/04 Men’s Team jumping       Poland, Norway, Austria … USA 11th Links to scoresheets for Nordic Combined: 2/24 NH/10K Individual   Rydzek, Frenzel, Kircheisen … B Fletcher 14th, T Fletcher 21st, A Loomis 33rd 2/26 NH/4x5K Team Germany, Norway, Austria            … USA 8th 3/01 LH/10K Individual  Rydzek, Watabe, Braud … B Fletcher 31st, T Fletcher 36th, Berend 40th, Loomis 44th 3/03 LH/2x7.5K Sprint  Germany, Norway, Japan … USA 9th (B Fletcher, T Fletcher)   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: Pre-Master  25-29             M1  30-39    M2  40-49    M3  50-59    M4  60-69    M5  70-79                                                                             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.    Nita Englund 7th, Abby Ringquist 12th in Olympic Venue Feb 15 Tara Geraghty-27th, Nina Lussi 29th     Results:  Wed 2/15  In the first of days billed as a preview of the 2018 Olympic venue in Pyeong Chang KOR, a pair of Japanese jumpers took top honors, with Yuki Ito the winner and Sara Takanashi 2nd, with Ema Klinec of Slovenia 3rd.  Nita Englund once again led the Americans, finishing 7th, while Abby Ringquist hit a season-best 12th.  Tara Geraghty-Moats and Nina Lussi were 27th and 29th, respectively.  The field was smaller than usual; many teams were training for the upcoming FIS World Championships in Lahti FIN.   Nita Englund 12th & 13th in Ljubno World Cup Feb 11-12 Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th &18th, Abby Ringquist 22nd      Results:  Sat 2/11  Sun 2/12   Maren Lundby of Norway won the Women’ World Cup in Ljubno SLO on Saturday Feb 11, scoring 256.7 points with distances of 92.5 and 95 meters.  Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was 2nd, and Germany’s Katharina Althaus 3rd.  Nita Englund led the Americans in 12th place, with Abby Ringquist 22nd and Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th. Germany swept the podium on Sunday.  The winner was Althaus (249 points, 92.5M, 90M); Carina Vogt was 2nd and Svenja Wuerth 3rd.  Englund again led the Americans in 13th; Geraghty-Moats cracked the top 20 in 18th, and Ringquist scored another 22nd. Poland Takes Two Wins in Sapporo Men’s World Cup Feb 11-12 Maciej Kot wins Saturday, Maciej Kot wins Sunday              Results:  Sat 2/11   Sun 2/12  Poland’s Maciej Kot took the top spot on the first day of Men’s World Cup in Sapporo, earning 260.2 points on jumps of 139 and 138 meters.  Peter Prevc of Slovenia was 2nd and Stefan Kraft of Austria finished 3rd.  Kevin Bickner (USA) placed 21st and Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) was 28th.  Mike Glasder (USA) finished 32nd. On Sunday, Kamil Stoch, also of Poland, was the winner (262.7 points, 137.5M, 140M) ahead of Germany’s Andreas Wellinger and Austria’s Stefan Kraft.  A pair of Americans made the final round of 30, Kevin Bickner in 27th place and Michael Glasder 29th. Midwest 5 Hills Series Finale in Fox River Grove IL Feb 11-12 It’s a mini-series within the national US Cup series    USANordic press release  The series kicked off in Minneapolis on Jan 25 (Wed eve), followed by Eau Claire WI  Jan 27-28, Ishpeming MI Jan 31, and Westby WI Feb 3-4.   5 Hills Series Venue & Date          Results    Minneapolis   Jan 25   Wed  Women & Men    Eau Claire WI  Jan 27-28   Fri    W M   Sat  W M      Ishpeming MI   Jan 31   Tue    Men    Westby WI    Feb 03-04   Fri    Men   Sat  Men     Fox Riv Grv IL Feb 11-12    Sat   small hills   K70     Sun  K70        Bickner 24th & 26th, Glasder 30th in Oberstdorf WC  Feb 4-5 Kraft Wins & Wellinger 2nd both days     Results:  Sat 2/4   Sun 2/5 Austria’s Stefan Kraft was the winner on the first day of ski flying in Oberstdorf GER.  Andreas Wellinger (GER) was 2nd, and Kamil Stoch (POL) 3rd.  For the USA, Kevin Bickner finished 24th, Mike Glasder 30th, and William Rhoads 35th.  Bickner set a personal best of 218.5 meters in Sunday’s qualifying session. Sunday’s competition was held to one round because of wind.  Kraft & Wellinger took the top two spots again, with Slovenia’s Jurij Tepes 3rd.  Bickner grabbed another 24th, Glasder was 36th, and Rhoads 40th. US Women 11th, 14th, 18th & 27th in Hinzenbach World Cup  Englund, Hendrickson, Ringquist, Geraghty-Moats score points   Results:  Sat 2/4   Sun 2/5 Japan’s Sara Takanashi earned another World Cup win Saturday in Hinzenbach GER, with a total of 242.1 points on jumps of 87.5 and 91 meters.  Four Americans who have been scoring World Cup points recently all managed to do so again.  Nita Englund had the top US result, 11th.  Sarah Hendrickson finished 14th, Abby Ringquist 18th, and Tara Geraghty-Moats 27th. On Sunday, it was another win for Takanashi, with Germany’s Olympic gold medalist Carina Vogt 2nd, and Norway’s Maren Lundby 3rd.  Once again all four Americans were in the points, having made the cut to the final round of 30.  Hendrickson was 17th, Ringquist 21st, Englund 25th, and Geraghty-Moats 26th.    Women’s World Cup in Rasnov Roumania Jan 28-29 Four Americans in final round both days           Results:  Sat 1/28   Sun 1/29 Norway’s Maren Lundby won on Saturday, scoring 259 points on flights of 97 & 99 meters. Japan’s Sara Takanashi was 2nd (249, 93/98), teammate Yuki Ito 3rd (238.5, 91/93.5).  USA’s  Nita Englund placed 11th (222.1, 91/90), Sarah Hendrickson 14th (216.1, 89.5/90.5), Abby Ringquist 22nd (197.3, 82.5/85.5), and Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th (189.4, 80.5/84.5).  Takanashi took the top spot on Sunday, with 247.3 points on distances of 96 & 97.5 meters. Lundby finished (241.9, 95.5/93), and Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz 3rd (235.4, 93/94).  Hendrickson landed in 10th (208.2, 89/89), Englund 13th (205.2, 85.5/88), Ringquist 20th (188.9, 82.5/86.5), and Tara Geraghty-Moats 26th (176.5, 83.5/79).  Men’s Continental Cup in Bischofshofen AUT Jan 28-29 Boyd-Clowes 4th, Glasder 11th, Rhoads 19th Sunday     Results:  Sat 1/28  Sun 1/29 Clemens Aigner of Austria won on Saturday with 296.5 points on a pair of identical jumps of 139.5 meters on the first day of Continental Cup action in Bischofshofen AUT.  The Czech Republic’s Tomas Vancura (267.8, 137/137.5) was 2nd and multiple Olympic gold medalist Simon Ammann of Switzerland {282.6, 140/138) placed 3rd.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (251.4, 129.5/127.5) finished 11th, and USA’s William Rhoads (246.5, 125/128.5) was 15th. On Sunday, Vancura was the winner (261.6 points, distances 135 and 137 meters), Ammann (259.6, 137/137.5) was 2nd, and Aigner {258.8, 132.5/138.5) took 3rd.  Boyd-Clowes (254.3, 133/136.5) finished 4th.  USA’s Michael Glasder (233.8, 129/129.5) placed 11th, and William Rhoads  (214.1, 126.5/121) took the 19th spot.    This Girl is on Fire!  Yuki Ito Wins Twice in Zao World Cup Four Americans in Saturday’s final round         Results:  Fri 1/20   Sat 1/21  It’s the second stop in Japan for the Women’s World Cup series, and on Friday Yuki Ito got her second win in six days, ahead of Italy’s Manuela Malsiner and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova.  Sara Takanashi missed the podium for the second consecutive time, this time finishing 5th. A pair of Americans, Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund, just missed the top ten in 11th and 12th, respectively.  Abby Ringquist narrowly missed the final round of 30, placing 33rd. Ito won again on Saturday, eight-tenths of a point ahead of Takanashi.  Lundby was just five points back in third place.  Four Americans made it to the final round, with Englund finishing 14th, Hendrickson 16th, Ringquist 22nd, and Tara Geraghty-Moats 29th.    Ito & Lundby Win Women’s World Cup Comps in Sapporo Hendrickson 13th & 12th, Englund 27th & 18th      Results:  Sat 1/14   Sun 1/15  Japan’s Yuki Ito scored her first World Cup victory Saturday in Sapporo, by a 12 point margin against her usually-dominant teammate, Sara Takanashi.  Norway’s Maren Lundby was 3rd  Americans Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund placed 13th and 27th, respectively.  Abby Ringquist qualified for the starting field of 40, but missed the final round, placing 34th. On Sunday, Lundby took the win, with Ito 2nd and Germany’s Katharina Althaus 3rd.  It was a rare occurrence, but Takanashi finished off the podium in 4th.  Among the US athletes, Hendrickson placed 12th, Englund 18th, and Tara Geraghty-Moats was 24th.  Ringquist narrowly missed the final round in 32nd, and Nina Lussi finished 38th.   Nordic Combined News ... World Cup, Continental Cup (COC) Val di Fiemme ITA World Cup        Results:  Fri 1/13   Sat 1/14 (team)   Sun 1/15  Taylor Fletcher placed 21st in individual competition in Val di Fiemme ITA .  He and his brother Bryan placed 8th in Saturday’s 2-man team competition.  Bryan then finished 13th in Sunday’s individual competition, his best result of the season.  Also finishing for the US on Sunday were Taylor Fletcher 30th, Ben Loomis 39th, and Ben Berend 40th. Takanashi Wins Twice in Women’s World Cup in Oberstdorf Hendrickson 8th Saturday, Englund 12th Sunday   Results:  Saturday 1/7   Sunday 1/8 The women’s World Cup season resumed on the large hill in Oberstdorf on Sat Jan 7.  Japan’s Sara Takanashi scored another dominant win on flights of 131 and 129 meters, finishing 13 points ahead of Russia’s Irina Avvakumova.  Takanashi’s teammate Yuki Ito was less than a point behind in 3rd.  American Sarah Hendrickson placed 8th, Nita Englund 27th, and Abby (Hughes) Ringquist 38th.   Tara Geraghty-Moats and Nina Lussi didn’t qualify for the starting field of 40. On Sunday, Englund was 12th, Hendrickson 16th, and Geraghty-Moats picked up her first World Cup point by making the final round, finishing 30th.  Slovenia’s Ema Klinec placed 2nd behind Takanashi, and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova was 3rd again.   Loomis 5th Sunday in Nordic Combined COC in Klingenthal GER Berend 8th Fri, B Loomis 8th Sat, 5th Sun    Results:  Fri 12/16   Sat 12/17   Sun 12/18 On the first two days of Continental Cup Nordic Combined action in Klingenthal GER, it was a case of “Ben there, done that” as Ben Berend of the USA took 8th place Friday, and teammate Ben Loomis was 8th on Saturday.  Germany’s Maximilian Pfordte was Friday’s winner, and his teammate Tobias Simon took the top spot on Saturday.  Other Americans finished as follows:  on Friday it was Jasper Good 21st, Loomis 28th, Stephen Schumann 29th; on Saturday Berend placed 25th, with Good 45th. On Sunday, Loomis moved up to 5th, with Berend 15th and Good 35th.  The winner was Japan’s Go Yamamoto, followed by Austria’s Florian Dagn and Norway’s Sindre Ure Soetvik. Norway’s Lundby Turns Podium Upside-Down in Nizhny Tagil Iraschko 2nd, Takanashi 3rd, Hendrickson 14th, Englund 30th   Results:  Sat 12/10  The normal order of things in Women’s World Cup recently has been Sara Takanashi (JPN) on top, Daniela Iraschko-Stolz (AUT) 2nd, and somebody else 3rd.  On Saturday in Nizhny-Tagil RUS, that somebody was Norway’s Maren Lundby, who took the top spot, bumping Takanashi down to 3rd, while Iraschko-Stolz held onto 2nd place.  The USA had a pair of jumpers in the final round; Sarah Hendrickson placed 14th and Nita Englund 30th.  Tara Geraghty-Moats just missed the finals, placing 32nd. Sunday:  Takanashi wins, Iraschko 2nd, Hendrickson 10th     Results:  Sun 12/11  On Sunday, normal order returned, with Takanashi 1st, Iraschko-Stolz 2nd, and her Austrian teammate Jaci Seifriedsberger 3rd.  Lundby just missed the podium in 4th.  Hendrickson improved to 10th.  Englund placed 35th, Geraghty-Moats 38th. Kevin Bickner 23rd in FIS World Cup in Klingenthal GER Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes places 12th        Results:  Sun 12/4 The USA’s Kevin Bickner put in a consistent performance on Sunday Dec 4 to finish 23rd in Men’s World Cup action in Klingenthal GER.  Fellow North American Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes of Canada placed 12th.  Slovenian youngster Domen Prevc tas the winner, followed by Daniel Andre Tande of Norway, and Stefan Kraft of Austria.  Saturday featured a team competition; Germany won, ahead of Norway and Austria.  Neither the US or Canada participated. Bryan Fletcher 9th in Klingenthal GER Nordic Combined Germany’s Eric Frenzel wins both days             Results: Sat 12/3  Sun 12/4 Nordic Combined World Cup action in Klingenthal on the first weekend of December saw another double winner, this time Germany’s Eric Frenzel. On Saturday, he was followed by a pair of Germans, last week’s winner Johannes Rydzek and Fabian Reissle.   American Taylor Fletcher placed 26th Saturday; his brother Bryan was 32nd, and their teammates Ben Loomis and Ben Berend finished 43rd and 44th, respectively. Bryan Fletcher was 9th overall on Sunday (22nd in jumping and 6th fastest in the cross-country race).  Taylor scored another 26th, with Berend 49th and Loomis 52nd.  Bjoern Kirchheisen (GER, 2nd) and Joergen Graabak (NOR, 3rd) joined Frenzel on the podium. Sarah Hendrickson 11th & 8th in Lillehammer World Cup Takanashi & Ito take top two spots both days      Results:  Fri 12/2   Sat 12/3 Japan’s Sara Takanashi stood atop the podium in the first Women’s World Cup event of the 2017 season on Friday.  Her teammate Yuki Ito and Germany’s Anna Rupprecht placed 2nd & 3rd. Sarah Hendrickson of the USA finished 11th.  Americans Nita Englund and Nina Lussi didn’t make the cut to the final round, finishing 38th and 39th, respectively. On Saturday, Hendrickson was the only American qualifier.  After just missing the top ten on Friday, she climbed into 8th place on Saturday.   She’s back in action after missing all of last season due to a knee injury.  Sarah was the 2012 World Cup series champion, and winner of the FIS World Championships in 2013, but 2nd overall in the World Cup series behind Takanashi.   FIS Men’s World Cup Ski Jumping - Ruka FIN Nov 25-26 Friday’s kickoff had 8 jumpers over 300 points!   Results:  Fri 11/25  Sat 11/26 Fifty jumpers competed in Friday’s opening event of the Men’s FIS World Cup season.  The Prevc brothers from Slovenia took two of the podium spots, with Domen the winner and Peter finishing 3rd.  Germany’s Severin Freund placed 2nd.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes was the best North American, just missing the final round in 32nd.  Kevin Bickner, USA, was 46th. Domen Prevc’s score of 321.8 points came on flights of 138.5 and 140.5 meters.  To put the strength of this field into perspective, ALL of the 31 jumpers in the final round scored in excess of 260 points.  A good “par” score for a good jumper, is about 240 points.  There’s a discussion of hill sizes and scoring on another page ... see link above left. Geraghty-Moats, Rhoads win NH Nationals in Lake Placid Tara is a first-time national champion, Will grabs his third       Results: 10/9  The NYSEF annual tournament was held on Saturday and the 2017 US Normal Hill National Championships took place on Sun Oct 9.  The women’s title went to Tara Geraghty-Moats, her first, and the men’s to William Rhoads.                  ARTICLES:   FIS   USA Nordic Our Large Hill Nationals were held in Park City on July 30; scroll down for details.   National Championships to Rhoads, Jerome, T Fletcher 2017 Large-Hill titles decided at Utah Olympic Park        Results: Sat 7/30/16 Will Rhoads claimed his second consecutive national lare-hill title, and Jessica Jerome added another to her dozen previous titles.  She’s been flying on this hill for a long time ... was a forerunner at the 2002 Olympics ... when wome weren’t allowed to compete! The scoresheet (link above) will show Canada’s Taylor Henrich in 1st place in the women’s class, Jessica in 2nd; but as the top US finisher, Jess earned the US title, her thirteenth.   Cara Larson and Logan Sankey were awarded 2nd and 3rd place in the US Nationals. Will Rhoads took top honors among the men, with Kevin Bickner 2nd and Casey Larson 3rd in the US title competition.  Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes blasted his way into 3rd overall, despite falling after landing on a flight of 139.5 meters. The Nordic Combined championship went to Taylor Fletcher, followed by Bryan Fletcher and Ben Berend (results included at the end of scoresheet via link above).

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USA Nordic Announces Expanded Junior Teams Names released for Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined s;quads On April 26, USA Nordic announced junior team lineups for the 2017-18 season.  Read the full press release:      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 in Red Wing were featured recently in the Rochester Post Bulletin, and a three-stage project for improvements to the Pine Mountain jump were released by the Kiwanis Ski Club.      RED WING       IRON MOUNTAIN T o   r e a d   a r t i c l e s   a b o u t   e a c h   p r o j e c t ,   c l i c k   o n   c i t y   n a m e   a b o v e   t h e   p h o t o .   T o   v i e w   e n l a r g e d   i m a g e s ,   c l i c k   o n   t h e   i n d i v i d u a l   p h o t o s .   W e l l   b r i n g   y o u   u p d a t e s   o n   e a c h   o f   t h e s e   p r o j e c t s   a s   t h i n g s   m o v e   a l o n g .   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. 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 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=3071 7 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,
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