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Group Seeks to Build Olympic-Sized Jump in Red Wing
An article published in the Rochester (MN) Post-Bulletin on
Friday March 18, 2016, outlines an effort currently before the
Minnesota state legislature that would include the construction of a
year-round Olympic-sized ski jump in Red Wing, where the first
recognized US distance record for ski jumping was set in 1887.
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Photo at left is 1936 National Championships in Red Wing ... click photo to enlarge
Englund 7th in Almaty Feb 28, Sets Hill Record at 103.5M
Geraghty-Moats 15th ... both move up after first round Results: Sun 2/28
For the second day in a row in Women’s World Cup, both Americans had great final round
jumps to move up in the final round. Nita’s flight of 103.5 meters was a new hill record,
and moved her up from 13th to 8th. Tara moved from 18th to 15th with a 95 meter jump.
Englund 8th, Geraghty-Moats 11th in Almaty Feb 27
Both Americans move up after 2nd round jumps of 98.5M Results: Sat 2/27
Nita Englund was 19th and Tara Geraghty-Moats 21st after the first round of Women’s World
Cup competition in Almaty KAZ on Saturday. But they each blasted their way to 98.5 meters
on their second jump, vaulting them to 8th and 11th place, respectively. Unseasonably warm
spring weather made for rather soggy conditions, but there were a lot of very long jumps.
Nita has had a number of top-10 finishes this year, and Tara’s 11th was a career best. They’ll
jump again Sunday.
MIKE GLASDER WINS IRON MOUNTAIN COC SAT FEB 20
William Rhoads 6th, Christian Friberg 26th event website Results: Sat 2/20
It’s been about 30 years since an American
jumper captured top honors at Pine Mountain,
but that string came to an end on Saturday
Feb 20 with Michael Glasder, of Cary IL, a
member of the USA Nordic ski jumping team
winning ahead of Poland’s Bartolomiej Klusek
and Slovenia’s Ernest Prislic.
William Rhoads of the USA, from Park City UT,
placed 6th, and teammate Christian Friberg
was 26th Congratulations to these three US
jumpers, and to coach Clint Jones.
Pictured: Mike (L), Clint ... Ken Anderson photo
Glasder earned 100 points in the standings for his first place finish, and that vaulted him from
57th place to 39th in the season standings. CURRENT STANDINGS (after 21 of 28 events)
There were at least 10 jumps over 130 meters today, and another dozen or more in the 120+
meter range. Temperature was around 40 with cloud cover; it was a GREAT day with a huge
crowd on hand.
Austrians Fill Podium in Iron Mountain Sunday Feb 21
Altenburger wins; Glasder 17th, Rhoads 25th, Friberg 28th Results: Sun 2/21
Fans at Pine Mountain were treated to another excellent competition on Sunday. The
Austrian team had nobody in the top ten Saturday, but the took all three podium spots on
Sunday. Florian Altenburger was the winner, with teammates Andreas Tollinger and Clemens
Aigner 2nd & 3rd respectively. The USA’s Mike Glasder, Saturday’s winner, took 15th place,
with Will Rhoads 25th and Christian Friberg 29th. CURRENT STANDINGS (after 22 of 28 events)
FIS World Junior Championships - Rasnov ROU
US men: Kevin Bickner, Patrick Gasienica, Casey Larson, Nick Mattoon
US women: Gabriella Armstrong, Mollie Immens, Cara Larson, Logan Sankey
Ski Jumping - Women:
Logan Sankey 30th
Ski Jumping - Men:
Kevin Bickner 6th
Ski Jumping - Men’s Team:
Ski Jumping - Mixed Team:
FIS Youth Olympic Games - Lillehammer NOR
US team: Casey Larson, Ben Loomis, Logan Sankey
Ben Loomis 2nd
results 2/16 jump round
Ski Jumping - Men:
Casey Larson 6th
Ski Jumping - Women:
Logan Sankey 12th
Ski Jumping - Men’s Team:
Lahti Women’s WC ... Americans 12th, 15th, 30th
Englund 12th, Geraghty-Moats 15th, Hughes 30th Results: Fri 2/19
The Lahti FIN Women’s World Cup got off to a soggy start, but the competition was held on
Friday Feb 19, and Japans Sara Takanashi once again flew to the top of the podium. Three
Americans finished in the points, with Nita Englund capturing 12th position, Tara Geraghty
Moats 15th, and Abby Hughes getting her first World Cup point of the season by placing 30th
... just before hopping a flight back to the US to get ready for her April wedding!
Nita Englund 7th in Ljubno SLO World Cup Sat 2/13
Takanashi 2nd and 4th; wins to Vtic & Iraschko Results: Sat 2/13 Sun 2/14
The USA’s Nita Englund scored another top-ten finish, placing 7th on Saturday in the first
day of Women’s World Cup action in Ljubno SLO. Maja Vtic of Slovenia edged Japan’s Sara
Takanashi, breaking her win streak. Takanashi was 2nd, with Slovenia’s Spela Rogelj 3rd.
On Sunday, Austria’s Daniela Iraschko-Stolz was the winner; Vtic was 2nd and Slovenia’s Spela
Rogelj was 3rd. Englund placed 20th, with Tara Geraghty-Moats 35th and Abby Hughes 38th.
Glasder 21st Sat, Rhoads 30th Sun in Zakopane COC
Austrians sweep podium on Saturday Results: Sat 2/13 Sun 2/14
US jumper Mike Glasder is consistent in Continental Cup competition ... he scored another
21st place in Poland on Saturday Feb 13, after taking a 20th and 21st last week in Slovenia.
Saturday’s winner was Ulrich Wohlgenannt, followed by last week’s double winner, Philipp
Aschenwald, and Clemens Aigner. On Sunday, Wohlgenannt won again, with teammate
Thomas Diethart 2nd and Poland’s Jan Ziobro 3rd. USA’s William Rhoads was 30th.
FIS Cup Report: Eau Claire SilverMine Feb 12-13
Austria’s Hubers, USA’s Friberg on podium twice Results: Fri 2/12 Sat 2/13
Friday night’s FIS Cup competition saw a pair of Austrian brothers, Daniel and Stefan Huber,
take the top two spots on the podium, with the USA’s Christian Friberg in 3rd. On Saturday,
Stefan was the winner, with Christian 2nd and Daniel 3rd. See scoresheet links above.
Men’s World Cup Ski Flying in Vikersund Feb 12-14
Kranjec, Gangnes, Kasai
1-2-3 on Friday
Results: Fri 2/12
Prevc, Forfang, Kranjec
1-2-3 on Saturday
Results: Sat 2/13
Prevc, Kraft, Stjernen
1-2-3 on Sunday
Results: Sun 2/14
Slovenia’s Robert Kranjec took top honors in the first of three days of ski flying in Vikersund
Nor on Fri 2/12. He was followed by Norway’s Kenneth Gangnes and Japan’s Noriaki Kasai.
On Friday, Slovenia’s Peter Prevc. On Saturday, Prevc took the top spot, followed by
Norway’s Johann Andre Forfang and Kranjec. Prevc won again on Sunday, with Austria’s
Stefan Kraft 2nd and Norway’s Andreas Stjernen 3rd. Prevc and Stjernen each flew 249
meters on Sunday, and the USA’s Kevin Bickner hit 214.5 on his way to 30th place.
Takanashi Wins, Lundby 2nd, Avvakumova 3rd in Oslo
Sara Takanashi nets 305.8 points on jumps of 137.5 &136 meters! Results 2/4
Norway’s Maren Lundby scores 285.1 on flights of 136.5 & 134 meters
The world’s top female jumpers put on a great show of distance jumping at Oslo’s famed
Holmenkollen on Thursday Feb 4. It’s the largest jump on the women’s World Cup circuit.
Series points leader Sara Takanashi contined to dominate, and Maren Lundby thrilled her
home crowd with a pair of long flights to finish 2nd. Russia’s Irina Avvakumova completed the
podium in 3rd. Americans Nita Englund and Tara Geraghty-Moats finished 18th and 29th,
respectively. Canadian Taylor Henrich placed 16th.
Englund 8th & 9th in Oberstdorf GER Women’s World Cup
Alexander 4th, Glasder 11th in Bischofshofen Conti Cup
Jan 29-31: Women’s World Cup, Men’s World Cup, Men’s Continental Cup
Oberstdorf GER - Women’s World Cup Results: Sat 1/30 Sun 1/31
USA - Nita Englund 8th Saturday, 9th Sunday ... Sara Takanashi wins twice
Sapporo JPN - Men’s World Cup Results: Sat 1/30
Noriaki Kasai (JPN, age 43) places 4th & 3rd, becomes father of baby girl!
Bischofshofen AUT - Men’s Continental Cup Results: Sat 1/30 Sun 1/31
USA - Nick Alexander 4th Saturday, Mike Glasder 11th Sunday
Nick Alexander 8th in Garmisch Continental Cup Jan 10
American in top 10 on Sunday, 30th on Saturday ... Results: Sat Jan 9 Sun Jan 10
Nick Alexander scored FIS points both days in Continental Cup action in Garmisch-
Partenkirchen GER. In a field of 70+ jumpers, he advanced to the final round of 30 jumpers,
and finished 30th. On Sunday, he blasted his way to 11th place in the first round on a flight
of 130.5 meters, then moved up three spots to finish 8th with a second jump of 129 meters.
Germany’s David Siegel took top honors on Saturday Austria’s Thomas Hofer was 2nd, and
Norway’s Tom Hilde 3rd. On Sunday, Hofer was the winner, followed by Dawid Kubacki of
Poland and Tomas Vancura of the Czech Republic.
Masters Competition ... Older Men & Women Welcome!
For athletes 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:
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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. 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.
US Domestic Competition Schedule and Results
We have eliminated our Schedule & Results page ... where to find this info!
The new USA Nordic website, www.usanordic.org, has a Results page which includes the
full domestic schedule ... click on the link in the line above, then click Results in the nav bar.
The Central Division has published a schedule (PDF), which includes all tournaments in the
midwest as well as major competitions throughout the country ... click here to view
For international competition schedule and results, visit the FIS ski jumping and Nordic
combined links in the right-hand column on this page.
SEE WORLD CUP LIVE ON NBC SPORTS!
Live HD on NBCSN (cable), live streaming at NBCSports.com/live-extra
NBC acquires broadcast rights from FIS; check your cable guide for NBCSN
If your cable plan includes NBC Sports Network (NBCSN), you’ll be able to watch FIS winter
sports coverage LIVE. Some events are carried on their HD channel, others are live-streamed.
There is NO coverage of Women’s World Cup ... BOO, HISS! Maybe next year? But it’s a start.
Click here for: Olympic Sports Broadcast Schedule (you’ll find a lot of other winter sports
listed, and it will indicate dates, times, and whether the event is on HD or streaming)
If BROADCAST, find your NBCSN channel and enjoy!
If STREAMING, click here to access: www.nbcsports.com/live-extra (you’ll need to
identify your provider, then you’ll need to login with the same ID and password you use to
access your account on your provider’s website ... that will verify that you are a paying
subscriber, and allow you to view all streamed content). It may take a few minutes to get
familiar with the streaming website, but once in, you’ll find crystal-clear video, good sound,
and best of all, NO COMMERCIAL BREAKS! Visit FIS site for start lists, live scoring, & results.
Changes Came to USASkiJumping.com in 2016
Now referring visitors to FIS, USSA, USANS, WSJUSA sites
SkiJumpingUSA.com has been online since the fall of 2001, when we began with a focus on
the upcoming 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. We launched under a different name,
SkiJumpingCentral.com, because our preferred name was unavailable at that time. We chose
that name to indicate it would be a “central resource” for ski jumping info, but found that
many folks were confused in thinking it was specific to USSA’s Central Division. Eventually,
we acquired our current domain name. It’s been fun, we’ve met many of the athletes,
parents, coaches, and other folks involved in this cool sport here in the USA.
Our mission has always been two-fold ... to provide competition information and other news
for folks already interested in the sport, but also to increase awareness and expand the
audience here in the USA. We’ve done some feature stories, but they’d often be pushed
aside by current news. We’ll be doing more of that, and focusing on a few major events in
the US. We’ll continue to spotlight remarkable results by US athletes in international
The development of the US women’s program has been a major story all along, and it
reached a major goal with Olympic inclusion in 2014. The women’s FlyGirls development
program has recently announced a partnership with the US Ski Association. We anticipate
the USSA website will become a reliable source of information about our women’s team and
development program for younger girls, and the WSJUSA Facebook page is also a reliable
source of information ... several links at left.
US men’s ski jumping and Nordic Combined have joined forces under a new name, USA Nordic
Sports, and they have recently implemented a new website which will be the main resource
for American involvement in those sports. Find it via link at left.
The FIS website has comprehensive schedule and results available for ALL major international
competitions, as well as complete career stats on individual athletes, feature stories about
events, teams, and athletes, and is always current.
There’s a brief tutorial on using the FIS schedule and Results info in the right column, shown
in Italics. Results are VERY detailed, even preliminary results, and they provide LIVE scoring
for World Cup and some other major competitions. Play around, get familiar. It’s terrific.
Nita Englund & Mike Glasder Win NH Nationals
Championships held in Lake Placid Oct 11 ... complete results (women & men)
The 2016 US National Normal-Hill championships were held Oct 11 in Lake Placid as part of
the annual Flaming Leaves Festival. Nita Englund took the women’s title, and Mike Glasder
won the men’s competition.
W Rhoads, N Lussi, B Fletcher Win LH Nationals
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 year’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.
Canada’s Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes shows in 2nd place on the men’s scoresheet, and Lea
Lemare of France is shown #1 in women’s results, but neither was eligible for a US title.
(click logo for news)
The FIS Schedule and
Results pages are now
presented in a format
which shows upcoming
events in ALL jumping
categories in the left
column, and results of
ALL completed events
in the right column.
Drop lists allow you to
choose series (WC,
COC, etc) and gender.
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
arrow at right of any
results line to get a
list of PDFs ready for
viewing or download.
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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For more information related to ski jumping ...
The US Men’s Ski Jumping
and Nordic Combined
teams have been merged
into USA Nordic.
H E A D L I N E S What we’re talkin’ about right now ...