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Late Season Competition News, 2017 ------------------------------   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.    (click underlined names for videos - the Bickner video shows Sunday’s 244.5m flight) 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

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KEVIN BICKNER FLIES 244.5M 3/19/17 IN VIKERSUND … 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 2017 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.    (click underlined names for videos - the Bickner video shows Sunday’s 244.5m flight) 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
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