Loomis Wins Pre-olympic Event

Ben Loomis, the 17-year-old Flying Eagle poised for the Youth Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway next week, took first place in a pre-Olympic meet this week in Trondheim.

The former Memorial High School student won the Nordic Combined Youth 2 group by a whopping 43 seconds with a Norwegian athlete second and one from Estonia third among 16 entries.

 Loomis won the jumping portion by a solid margin and had the second-best cross country time to establish himself as a top contender for an Olympic medal.

2016 Junior Nationals Teams Announced

We have just finished with our Junior National Qualifiers. I'm proud to announce the following Athletes have qualified for the Junior Nationals in Salisbury, Conn.

U16 Women -
Cara Larson
Mollie Immens
Anna Hoffmann

U16 Men -
Andrew Urlaub
Hunter Smith
Shane Kocher
Lucas Nichols ( also N/C )
Erik Gessner
Collin Dibb
Aiden Ripp ( also N/C )

U20 Women -
Sabina Gasienica

U20 Men -
Casey Larson
Patrick Gasienica
Ben Kaiser
Luke Tschida
Ben Dowling

Casey Larson, Patrick Gasienica, Cara Larson and Mollie Immens will not be there since they qualified for the Junior World Championships which are at the same time. I will be going to coach the Jr. World team. Kevin Bickner and Nate Mattoon also qualified for the team. Brian Nelson with be coaching the Jr. National Team. I know some of you that qualified for the team, have told me you might not be going. Please confirm with me ASAP if you will be going or not. Salisbury needs to know very soon.
Also, Brian is willing to go to Brattleboro the weekend before Jr. Nationals and then go from there to Salisbury. If you are interested, I need to know by Wednesday. You can email me at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thanks and congratulations!!!!!


Three Nordic Skiers Nominated to 2016 US Youth Olympic Team - Two from Central!!!

PARK CITY, UT (Jan. 11, 2016) – Two ski jumpers and one nordic combined skier have been nominated by the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association to the 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team that will compete in Lillehammer, Norway, February 12-21. Casey Larson, 15, (Barrington, IL/Norge Ski Club) was nominated to the men’s ski jumping team, with Logan Sankey, 15, (Steamboat Springs, CO/Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club) nominated to the women’s squad. Ben Loomis, 15, (Eau Claire, WI/Flying Eagles Ski Club) was nominated to represent Team USA in nordic combined.

The International Olympic Committee’s Youth Olympic Games offer a competitive venue for young athletes to not only compete, but also participate in a Learn & Share program designed to inspire and empower youth. The 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team will be formally named by the United States Olympic Committee in late January.

Larson and Sankey qualified for nomination based on results in ski jumping events in December at Steamboat Springs, CO and Park City, UT. Loomis earned his spot with a top-five finish in a FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup at the Utah Olympic Park and Soldier Hollow in Park City, UT in December.

Modeled after the Olympic Games, the Youth Olympic Games debuted its winter event in 2012 at Innsbruck, Austria. Held every four years, the Winter Youth Olympic Games will feature over 1,100 athletes, aged 15 to 18, from around the world.

The nordic combined event, along with individual ski jumping events for men and women, are set for February 16. A mixed team ski jumping event will be February 18.

Coupled with the competition, the Learn & Share program will offer young athletes the opportunity to become ambassadors of their sport through workshops and exercises based around five major themes: Olympism, Social Responsibility, Skills Development, Expression and Well-Being and Healthy Lifestyles. 


Nordic Combined Men

Ben Loomis (Eau Claire, WI, 15, Flying Eagles Ski Club): Loomis is following in the footsteps of older brother Adam, who competes on the World Cup tour. He solidified his spot on the team with an outstanding weekend in the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Utah with a fourth-place finish. He was a member of the 2015 Junior Worlds Team that competed in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Ski Jumping Men

Casey Larson (Barrington, IL, 15, Norge Ski Club): Larson grew up ski jumping with the Norge Ski Club in suburban Chicago. He was third last season in the U.S. Junior National Championships and won the first of two qualifying events in Steamboat Springs, CO in December to help earn a nomination.


Logan Sankey (Steamboat Springs, CO, 15, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club): A member of the 2015 Junior Worlds Team that competed in Almaty, Kazakhstan, Sankey finished 11th and 16th in a FIS Continental Cup ski jumping event last January in Sweden.


The 2016 Winter Youth Olympic Games will be held in Lillehammer, Norway, February 12-21.

It is the second installment of the Winter Youth Olympic Games and will feature over 1,100 young athletes aged 15-18 competing in winter events.

Alongside competition, the teens will also learn the spirit of the Olympic Games, so that they may become strong ambassadors of their sports.

The USOC will formally name the 2016 U.S. Youth Olympic Team in late January.

The jumping team was named based on two December competitions in Steamboat Springs, CO and Park City, UT.

The Nordic combined athlete was nominated based on results from the FIS Nordic Combined Continental Cup in Utah.

St Paul Fly Girls Camp Open to Girls & Boys


Summer Camp:   June 25-28, 2015

** We have received several RSVP so far, but just wanted to send another reminder

The St Paul Ski Club would like to invite you to a Central Training Camp in conjunction with a Fly Girls Camp.  Sarah Hendrickson (member of the Visa Women's Ski Jumping Team & the 2012 World Cup Ski Jumping Champion) will be conducting the camp. St Paul is providing many great opportunities to start your summer season.  We have plastic on our 20m and 46m. 

24th: 15/20/46M Hills (15 Possible Athletes) Sarah comes to St. Paul

25th: Sarah Intro before Training Train 6-7 BBQ 7-9

26th: 9AM-12pm Jumping, 1-2 Jump-2-3 Games, Agility, Flexibility

27th: 9AM-12pm Jumping, 1-2 -2-3 Games, Balance, Flexibility

28th: 9am-12pm jumping 

Everyone is welcome to attend,  that includes boys! 

The cost of the 4 day camp is $80.00 which also includes a T-shirt.  Daily price is $30.00 per day.  (camps in the past have cost as must as $160 for only 3 days).  

The camp will include a Welcome Dinner Thursday, June 25; Lunch on Friday June 26 and Saturday June 27 along with training and lots of good ski jumping and coaching by Sarah!   We will end the weekend with a little fun competition on Sunday before everyone heads for home. 

Please RSVP by June 17. 

Provide names, ages, home club and T-shirts size. 

Send RSVP to:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If anyone is need of host families, please let us know so we can make arrangements for you.

2015-2016 Devo Team Registration Now Open

Calling all athletes jumping on K46 or higher hills!  It is time to sign up now for the Central Division Devo Team.  Please go to the programs tab on this web site & print off the forms for the team this year.  Completed forms and payments can be sent to the mailing address listed on that page.  We are looking forward to a great year & seeing lots of new athletes jumping on the larger hills!!

Please note a couple of new things this year:  there will be a late fee assessed for any unpaid devo fees after December 1st.  Also of note is that the Devo B team idea has been shelved for now, due to not enough interest.  Also, it is now clearly stated in the program description that we will not allow athletes to join the Devo team after December 1st, unless a jumper switches to the K46 hills or larger during the season.  Athletes who are already on those hills need to join the team by the Dec. 1st date.