Park City, UT: Sarah Hendrickson (Park City, Utah) and Michael Glasder (Cary, Ill), who both qualified their spots at Olympic Trials in December, will be joined by two other women and three other men for the Ski Jumping Team in PyeongChang. On the Nordic Combined side, Bryan Fletcher (Steamboat Springs,Co), the winner of Olympic Trials, will be joined by four other athletes.
U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced its selections Thursday (Jan. 25) for the 2018 U.S. Olympic Ski Jumping and Nordic Combined Teams that will compete at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 beginning February 9.
2018 U.S. OLYMPIC SKI JUMPING TEAM
Kevin Bickner, Wauconda, Ill. Norge Ski Club
Michael Glasder, Cary, Ill. Norge Ski Club
Casey Larson, Barrington, Ill. Norge Ski Club
Will Rhoads, Park City, Ut. Park City Ski and Snowboard
Nita Englund, Florence, Wis. Kiwanis Ski Club
Sarah Hendrickson, Park City, Ut. Park City Ski and Snowboard
Abby Ringquist, Park City, Ut. Park City Ski and Snowboard
2018 U.S. OLYMPIC NORDIC COMBINED TEAM
Ben Berend, Steamboat Springs, Co. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Bryan Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, Co. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Taylor Fletcher, Steamboat Springs, Co. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Jasper Good, Steamboat Springs, Co. Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club
Ben Loomis, Eau Claire, Wi. Flying Eagles Ski Club
“It’s exciting to see an entire group of first time Olympians head to South Korea,” said Men’s Team Director Clint Jones. “It was great to see Mike Glasder secure his spot at the Olympic Trials. The other three athletes are young and making quick progress in the sport. Even though they are relatively inexperienced, we are hoping for big things.”
“Going into the second Olympic Winter Games in history for the ladies, I am excited to see two first-time Olympians join the team alongside veteran Sarah Hendrickson,” said Women’s Team Director Alan Alborn. “Nita Englund and Abby Ringquist are both competing for their first time in the Olympics and have been working hard to secure that opportunity for many seasons.”
Men’s Ski Jumping will kick off with the normal hill qualifying on February 8. The women will have one jumping event on the normal hill on Monday, February 12.
Head Nordic Combined Coach, Martin Bayer, said, “It’s a relatively young team with great chemistry between them who are all highly motivated athletes. Bryan Fletcher is the oldest member of the team with the most experience on international stage. It is the third time going to the Olympic Games for younger brother Taylor Fletcher, who we all know is one of the fastest cross-country skiers in the Nordic combined field.”
“Ben Loomis is the youngest athlete on the team,” added Bayer. “His strength comes from ski jumping side but I’m sure he will surprise us on cross-country skis as well. It’s also the first Olympics for Jasper Good and Ben Berend. Jasper has been one of our most consistent athletes and both Ben and Jasper have great attitudes that will serve them well.”
The Nordic Combined competitions will begin with an individual event on Wednesday, February 14.
NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network, NBCOlympics.com, and the NBC Sports app – the most ever for a Winter Olympics.
Quotes from athletes:
“It’s been a childhood dream of mine ever since I started skiing and now that it’s finally happening it’s surreal. I’m really excited to finally be named to the team. My goal is to do everything right and have good jumps. I want to jump 100% to my potential. I know if I do this then a good result can come from it and I hope to surprise America.”
“I am excited and honored to be a part of Team USA for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics! I’m really looking forward to competing at the highest level and experiencing all that the games has to offer.”
“For a long time making the Olympic Team was merely a goal. Before last winter, 2022 seemed like more the reality but all of a sudden a few things got figured out and I started jumping really well. I am extremely honored to be on the team and now the focus is on really enjoying the experience and getting some great results. For me, personally, I know what it took to get to this point. This winter has had its ups and downs already and now I feel like as a team we can start to focus on achieving some goals that we’ve had in our heads for awhile.”
“I am overwhelmed with excitement and I really can’t believe my dream is finally coming true. I am an Olympian! Since watching the 1994 Olympics when I was five, I knew I wanted to be an Olympian when I grew up, not knowing which sport could take me there. I’ve heard a lot of ‘no’s’ throughout my 21 year long career, from not being allowed in 2006 and 2010, to missing out on 2014 Games. I almost hung my skis up four years ago, but I put my head down and worked harder than I ever have. It brings me to tears knowing all of the hard times and hard work are paying off. I can’t wait to represent my country and I hope that I can perform my best and make my nation, my community, my family and my friends proud.”
“I am extremely honoured to be heading to Pyeong Chang and representing our country. The Olympics are something I have always dreamed of, and to go at such a young age is extremely exciting. For me, the Olympics will be all about the experience. I am hoping to take it all in and use this experience in future. I look forward to sharing my first Olympic experience with Jasper Good as well as veterans Bryan and Taylor Fletcher.”
“Being named to the Olympic team means so much to me, it is a childhood dream. To work so hard at my passion, it feels incredible to be chosen to represent the US at the Olympics. It is an honor I don’t think I will truely understand until we are at the Olympics. My family has been the biggest support squad I could have asked for as well, without them I would not be where I am. My hometown of Steamboat has such a rich history of the Olympic spirit they do an incredible job of supporting athletes to pursue their dreams. I am so excited to share this experience and represent my family and community.”
“I am very excited to be representing my country in my third Olympics. It is always a great honor to be representing my country and team at the sports highest level. I am really excited to be sharing this moment with my brother who will be competing in his second games. It is very unique that we get to share this moment together and fight for the medals together. Our entire team is looking forward to Korea and I am proud of each one of my teammates for their hard work and dedication to the sport.”
We are pleased to announce a reschedule of the Tri-Norse 86th annual ski jumping tournament, Badger State Games and Nordic Combined for All prior registration rules apply set in place for our January 12 and 13th tournament. Start will be at Early registration encouraged by the 14th of February online for discounted rate. We are only waiting for additional snow . Also we are waiting to get approval for a sanctioned event on the 55m , but will have a tournament, conditions permitting either way. Further details coming. .in Wisconsin Rapids.
2017-2018 Central Division Schedule
Date Location EVENT
December 7-8 Whistler Olympic Park FIS Ladies & Mens Comp
December 30-31 Park City, UT Olympic Trials*/JR Worlds Trials
December 30 Minneapolis Ski Club Comp (All Hills) JNQ/JNQNC
December 31 St Paul Ski Club Comp (All Hills)
December 31 St Paul Ski Club NATIONAL MASTER’S CHAMPIONSHIPS
(USA Ski & Snowboard membership mandatory for Master Jumpers
when competing on the 46m)
January 6 Snowflake Ski Club Comp (K5, K10, K20, K40, K65) JNQ
January 7 Flying Eagles Ski Club Comp (K7, K15, K30)
January 12 Tri-Norse Ski Club Badger State Games (All Hills)
January 13 Tri-Norse Ski Club Comp (All Hills) JNQNC
January 14 Blackhawk Ski Club Comp (All Hills)–JNQNC/ALTN-JNQ
January 19 Silver Mine Invitational US Cup Comp-K90
January 20 Silver Mine Invitational 5 Hills Comp-K90
January 23 Ishpeming Ski Club 5 Hills, US Cup Comp–Suicide Hill
January 27 Norge Ski Club Comp (All Hills) JNQ
January 28 Norge Ski Club 5 Hills, US Cup Comp-K70
January 30 Minneapolis Ski Club 5 Hills, US Cup Comp-K70
February 2 Snowflake Ski Club 5 Hills, US Cup Comp-K120
February 3 Snowflake Ski Club Comp-K120
February 4 Iola Winter Sports Club Comp (All Hills) ALTN JNQ/JNQNC
February 10 Ishpeming Ski Club Jr Comp (All Hills except Suicide K90)
February 10-11 Iron Mountain/Kiwanis COC Comp K120
February 17-18 Brattleboro, VT Comp K90
February 18 Cameron Ski Club Comp K10
February 25 Itasca Ski Club Comp (no K60 comp)
February 20-24 Anchorage, AK 2018 Jr National Championships
JNQ is a Junior National Qualifier
JNQNC is a Junior National Qualifier - Nordic Combined
ALTN is an Alternate Qualifier
Park City, Utah – US Ski & Snowboard excitedly announced that the inaugural Women’s Nordic Combined National Championships will be contested in Lake Placid, NY alongside their male counterparts on October 7th, 2017.
The announcement comes on the heels of a week of discussions at the USA Nordic spring meetings that included the importance of the addition of Women’s Nordic Combined. The timing coincides with international initiatives in the sport, like the inclusion of Women’s Nordic Combined on the upcoming seasons of the FIS Continental Cup schedule.
The addition of the Women’s event to national and international calendars has definitely been a goal for USA Nordic; “We are committed to keeping up and, to the best of our resources, staying ahead of the world as this event makes its debut at the senior level,” said USA Nordic’s Executive Director Billy Demong.
Demong, known as a pioneer in his own right as America’s first (and to date, only) Olympic Gold Medalist in Nordic Skiing, went on to note that “This is an opportunity that we are fully behind. We know that other nations will begin to turn on their funding and that when this becomes an Olympic event everyone will spend resources we can not match. Right now we have the opportunity and responsibility to take athletes like Tara Geraghty-Moats and Gabby Armstrong and develop them into leaders in the sport. It is our job to continue to innovate and support them so that they can lead Women’s Nordic Combined into the future with our crop of upcoming juniors.”
On the news of the sport becoming an official event at U.S. National Championship’s, athletes were ecstatic. Armstrong noted, “I thought I was excited when women’s Ski Jumping was added to the Olympic program, but the progress women’s Nordic Combined has made over the last few years adds a whole new level of excitement for me. I have been training for Nordic Combined since I was ten years old, but have mostly had to compete in Ski Jumping and Cross Country racing as separate sports. I’m just in awe that the sport has come this far; I look forward to jumping and racing with US girls at Nationals!”
Moats shared her long awaited enthusiasm and desire to help lead saying, “For me, the addition of Women’s Nordic Combined to Nationals is proof that if you do what you love with heart, people will notice, and support it. I have always done Nordic Combined but never been able to compete internationally or nationally. I’m so honored to have the USA Nordic community’s support. It will be a dream come true to help develop Women’s Nordic Combined and compete in it.”
WE NEED YOU (YES, YOU!) TO SEND IN A SKI JUMPING or NORDIC COMBINED STORY!
Story Project will again run for the month of December 2017 but we're looking to get the stories in well before then. EVERYONE who has ever jumped has a story - we want YOURS! NOW! (please!)
Please take a moment and share your tale!
WHO SHOULD SUBMIT
Anyone who has ever jumped or parented a jumper or even wanted to jump who has a story to share.
HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR STORY
WHEN TO SUBMIT
The sooner the better!
Curator- 2017 Story Project
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