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Isn’t Ski Jumping
The PERCEPTION is
that ski jumping is an
sport. The reality is far
different ... learn
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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
** 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
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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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 ...
Mike Glasder 10th in Trondheim Continental Cup September 16
Flies 128.5 & 125 meters Results: Sat Sept 16 Sun Sept 17
USA Nordic’s Mike Glasder got a top-ten finish on Saturday in Norway, but unfortunately
received a DQ on Sunday. In other US results, William Rhoads finished 44th Saturday and 41st
Sunday, and Casey Larson was 51st and 50th. Top three on Saturday were Pius Paschke of
Austria, Tilen Bartol and Timi Zajc (both of Slovenia). On Sunday, Zajc and Bartol were 1st
and 2nd, with Germany’s Constantin Schmid 3rd.
Norge Ski Club Hosts Annual Fall Tournament Sept 16-17
Always a big event in Fox River Grove, a northwest suburb of Chicago
Traditionally the largest fall ski jumping competition in the midwest will be held the third
weekend of September. Check their website, www.norgeskiclub.com, for details
Ringquist 16th & 18th, Hendrickson 18th & 22nd in SGP Finale
Summer GP, Tchaikovsky RU Results Women: Sat 9/9 Sun 9/10 Men: Sat 9/9 Sun 9/10
Japan’s Sara Takanashi scored a huge 31-point victory on Saturday, followed by Finland’s Julia
Kykkanen and Russia’s Irina Avvakumova. Abby Ringquist was the top US finisher, in 16th place.
Her teammates Sarah Hendrickson and Nita Englund placed 18th and 26th respectively, with all
three earning points toward the US quota for the 2018 Olympics.
Takanashi won by a huge margin again on Sunday, ahead of Avvakumova and Norway’s Maren
Lundby. Ringquist finished 18th, and Hendrickson 22nd. This was the women’s SGP finale.
Men’s SGP was held on the large hill on Saturday. Mike Glasder was the only US qualifier for
the field of 50, and he missed the cut to the final round of 30, finishing 36th. The winner was
Slovenia’s Anze Lanisek, ahead of a pair of Russians, Evgeniy Klimov and Denis Kornilov.
The men’s Sunday competition was scheduled for the large hill, but was moved to the normal
hill and held to one round because of wind. Lanisek won again, followed by Japan’s Junshiro
Kobayashi and Klimov. Glasder placed 28th, and US teammate William Rhoads was 53rd. This
was NOT the final weekend for Men’s Summer Grand Prix.
Kevin Bickner 23rd & 7th in Hakuba Summer GP Aug 26-27
Mike Glasder finishes in the points at 30th Sunday Results: Sat Aug 26 Sun Aug 27
The Summer GP series landed in Hakuba JPN the last weekend of August. Kevin Bickner led the
US jumpers, finishing 23rd on Saturday and 7th on Sunday. Mike Glasder also made the final
round on Sunday, finishing 30th. Bickner made a strong opening statement in Friday’s training
session, recording the longest flight at 128.5 meters.
Hendrickson Leads US in Women’s SGP, Frenstat CZE Aug 18-19
Ringquist, Geraghty-Moats, Englund also earn points Results: Fri Aug 18 Sat Aug 19
Sarah Hendrickson was 9th on Friday, with in Summer Grand Prix action in Frenstat. Tara
Geraghty-Moats was 24th and Abby Ringquist 27th. Japan’s Yuki Ito took the top spot on the
podium, ahead of Lucile Morat (FRA) and Maren Lundby (NOR).
Hendrickson finished 15th Saturday, with Ringquist 18th and Nita Englund 30th. Sara Takanashi
(JPN) was the winner, with Lundby 2nd and Ito 3rd.
Glasder 29th in Men’s COC in Szczyrk POL Aug 18
Makes final round, earns Continental Cup points Results: Fri Aug 18
Poland’s Alexander Zniszczol took top honors in Continental Cup action in Szczyrk, with
teammate Klemens Muranka 2nd and Slovenia’s Miran Zupancic in 3rd. Michael Glasder of the
USA earned a spot in the final round, finishing 29th.
Hendrickson 8th, Ringquist 16th, Geraghty-Moats 27th in SGP
Three US women earn points in Courchevel FRA Summer GP Results: Fri Aug 11
It was the season opener for women in the Summer Grand Prix series. Germany’s Katharina
Althaus was the winner, followed by Japan’s Sara Takanashi and Yuki Ito. Sara Hendrickson was
the top US finisher in 8th, with Abby Ringquist 16th and Tara Geraghty-Moats 27th. Nina Lussi
and Nita Englund didn’t qualify for the starting field of 40 athletes. Men’s competition was
held on Saturday; neither Casey Larson (USA) or Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes (CAN) qualified.
American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame Inducts Six
Event held in Red Wing MN Aug 5 … Canada’s legendary Steve Collins was honored guest
Six new names were added to the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame as the Class of 2017.
They include Reuben Hamari, Chuck Heckert, Bobby Immens, Randy Lunde, Tim Norris, and
Wally Wakefield. More details, including a video about Steve Collins, can be found at
Nita Englund & Will Rhoads Win 2018 National Championships
Results: Friday July 28 - K90 Saturday July 29 - K120 US 2018 Nationals
On Friday, top Springertournee honors for women’s senior class went to Nina Lussi, ahead of
Taylor Henrich (CAN), and Abby Ringquist. The top 3 in U20 class were Anna Hoffman, Cara
Larson, & Annika Belshaw.
Men’s senior class winner was Will Rhoads, followed by Kevin Bickner and Canada’s Mackenzie
Boyd-Clowes. Decker Dean won the men’s U20 title, while Sam Bolton (GBR) and Elijah Vargas
tied for second place.
The 2018 US National Large-Hill Championships were held on Saturday July 29. The top five
finishers in women’s class were Taylor Henrich (CAN), Nita Englund, Abby Ringquist, Atsuko
Tanaka (CAN), and Nina Lussi. So Englund is the US Champion for the 2018 season (only US
athletes eligible for National Championship title).
In the men’s class, Will Rhoads took the National Championship title. He was followed by
Casey Larson, Josh Maurer (CAN), Kevin Bickner and Mike Glasder.
Longest jumps were 123.5M by Englund (among women), 135.5M by Glasder (among men).
Project Updates: Red Wing MN … Iron Mountain MI
READ JULY 31, 2017 ARTICLE ON THE RED WING PROJECT - CLICK HERE
New K125 jump project in Minnesota, upgrades coming to K120 in Michigan’s UP
Two Olympic-sized ski jumps in the midwest have been in the news recently. Plans for a
new jump near Red Wing (called Baldy125) are moving along, and a three-stage project
for improvements to the Pine Mountain jump were released by the Kiwanis Ski Club.
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.
First Men’s Summer GP held in Wisla POL July 13-15
Bickner only US qualifier at 46th Results: Thu 7/13 quali Fri 7/14 team Sat 7/15 indiv
Kevin Bickner was the only American to qualify on Thursday for Saturday’s individual large-hill
competition. The US placed 12th in Saturday’s team competition, and on Sunday Bickner
finished 36th, missing the cut to the final round of 30.
Bickner on COC Podium in Kranj July 8, Longest Jump of Day!
Was 17th on Friday, Glasder 28th Results: Fri 7/7 Sat 7/8
Kevin Bickner, USA Nordic, put himself on the podium on the second day of Continental Cup
competition on July 8 in Kranj SLO; his second jump of 115 meters was the longest of the day.
He was the only American to make the final round. On Friday, Bickner had placed 17th, just
behind Canadian Mackenzie Boyd-Clowes. Mike Glasder of USA Nordic was 28th.
Martin Bayer Named as US Men’s Nordic Combined Head Coach
Has been a US coach at every level over past 17 years … link to USA NORDIC announcement
USA Nordic recently announced that Martin Bayer has been selected as the new Head Coach for
the Men’s Nordic Combined national team.
The promotion is the culmination of over 17 years as a coach in the US, at every level possible.
Along with his extensive coaching experience, Bayer brings with him an innate knowledge of
the sport, only shared by those who have spent time representing their country at the
international level. Bayer competed at both the 92’ and 94’ Olympics for Czechoslovakia and
the Slovak Republic, respectively. CONGRATULATIONS, MARTIN!
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
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.
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:
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.
Late Season Competition News, 2017 Season
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.
For More on the 2017 Season, click to Archive (link at top left)