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Nita Englund and Mike Glasder celebrate their titles. (USSA-Peter Tilton)
LAKE PLACID, NY (Oct. 11, 2015) - The U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid produced two first time titlists as Mike Glasder (Cary, IL) of the Norge Ski Club and Nita Englund (Florence, WI) from the Kiwanis Ski Club walked away with gold in the normal hill event on the HS100 meter Olympic jump. Englund, who recently finished third in the FIS Ski Jumping Summer Grand Prix, dominated the women’s field. Glasder was pushed to the wire on his second jump by Norge teammate Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL), but came through with a massive 100 meter ride to take the victory as midwesterns dominated the day.
Glasder took advantage of Bickner's misfortunate on the first jump. Bickner, who had won Saturday's non-Championship event, went short on his first ride. Glasder then cranked out the long jump of the round at 98 meters. In the second round, Bickner put the pressure on with an impressive 95 meter ride, before Glasder closed out the Championships with a stunning 100 meter effort to take gold. It was his first medal performance at nationals. One of the most impressive rides of the day came from Nick Mattoon (Eau Claire, WI), who went 93.0 meters on his second jump to move up into the medals, finishing third.
Englund, who dominated Saturday's tuneup, was the clear leader through both rounds Saturday. She opened with a strong 86.0 meter first jump to lead Abby Hughes (Park City, UT). Englund sealed her first gold medal in the second round with a towering 95.0 meter jump to win with 227.0 points. Hughes took silver with hometown favorite Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY), the large hill champion from August, picking up bronze.
Athletes will head back for final dryland training before the on-snow World Cup circuits begin in November for the men and December for the women.
Mike Glasder (Cary, IL) and Nita Englund (Florence, WI) took first-time national titles at the U.S. Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid, NY on the HS100 meter Olympic normal hill jump.
Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, IL) and Nick Mattoon (Eau Claire, WI) won silver and bronze for the men, while Abby Hughes (Park City, UT) and Nina Lussi (Lake Placid, NY) were second and third for the women.
In the large hill event this past August in Park City, UT, Will Rhoads (Park City, UT) and Lussi picked up titles.
This was my first national title and my first podium at nationals. I've been close for a long time so I'm very happy with the win today. The last few weeks I've made a lot of progress on the jump and a great confidence booster heading into the competitive winter season.
Right from the takeoff I knew I had to go far to get the win because Kevin Bickner had a great jump. I was a just pulling for every meter and it worked out to my advantage.
I didn’t have as good a jump as I had hoped in the first round, but I came back in the second round and did really well. Mike had two solid jumps and he deserves to be national champion. But for me, a first and second is not a bad weekend.
It’s an outdoor sport and you have to take into consideration sometimes the wind is good and sometime it’s not. It’s back and forth. You just have to learn to jump in all conditions.
It’s my first national title - it means a lot to me! It is a benchmark for winter and it shows the progress I have made in the last year. I traveled back from my training base in Slovenia to be here and it was nice to be back in the U.S. for the first time in awhile.
I grew up ski jumping in the Midwest and we are used to jumping in difficult conditions. A lot of midwestern guys did well on the men's side today, too. I really embrace the atmosphere of tricky conditions because I know I have to focus even more to post a good jump.
My jumping was alright and I love jumping at home. But the jumping was not exactly what I was looking for. I know the points I have to work on before the winter. I know this hill; I know the rhythm and I love jumping here. I love coming here and having people know who I am.
The level of ski jumping in the USA is getting much higher. I think we have a great base and coaching system going into the winter. It’s nice to see that even without the original women’s ski jumping warriors leading the pack that we’re coming in and taking over where they left off.
Clint Black, Men’s Coach
Michael Glasder had the clear victory in the men's competition. Kevin Bickner struggled in the first round, and Glasder capitolized. He had a 10-meter advantage going into the final round, and Bickner was unable to close the gap finishing in a distant second place. Nick Matton made it on to the national championship podium for the first time finishing in third place. Glasder was very happy with his consistent jumps throughout the weekend, and was very happy to take his fist national title. This will no doubt help his confidence moving into the winter season.
Alan Alborn, Women’s Coach
Just as predicted, the winds were changing today which made it very challenging for myself and the jury to find an appropriate starting gate for the women’s event. That said, Nita had the two farthest jumps of the day and executed well. Abby Hughes and Nina had a better day, but Nita was just too strong for the group. Nita and Nina will be returning to Europe as a home base to prepare for with winter season. The rest of the team members will be heading to their respective clubs and we will make individual plans for the winter.
Published: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 6:28 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 6:28 p.m. CDT
By KEVIN MEYER - email@example.com
After missing the Olympics by one spot for the second time in 2014, there was a brief period where Cary’s Mike Glasder, who has trained at the Norge Ski Jumping Club in Fox River Grove, actually thought about quitting jumping.
Glasder has since turned that Olympics near miss into motivation to continue ski jumping, and that motivation helped lead to his first U.S. national title this weekend at the U.S. Men’s Ski Jumping Championships in Lake Placid, N.Y.
“It’s kind of a relief because I’ve been competing for a long time and the best I could finish was fourth, so to finally get a podium is awesome, and first place is even better,” Glasder said.
“I’ve made a lot of progress over the past couple of months and that’s kind of keeping me going and driving toward the 2018 Olympics and to give it one more shot, that is my long-term goal.”
Glasder had jumps of 98 and 100 meters to win the gold in the normal hill event. Glasder had a substantial lead after his first jump but further pulled away with his second. Glasder credits his second jump distance with the lack of pressure he was facing at the time. Kevin Bickner, his Norge teammate from Wauconda, finished in second-place.
The Norge Ski Jumping Club actually had four of the top seven finishers at the championship. Wauconda's Kevin Bickner finished second, Fox River Grove's Casey Larson and A.J. Brown, a Faith Lutheran graduate, were sixth and seventh. Cary's Hunter Smith was 11th while Crystal Lake's Ben Kaiser and Spring Grove's Patrick Gasienica were tied for 16th.
“For our club, this is huge,” Scott Smith, coach and president of the Norge Club said. “We are the furthest south club and we don’t have the huge facility like these other places, so for us to do that is definitely awesome.”
Next up on his road to qualification for the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Glasder will be attempting to qualify for the 2016 Ski Flying World Championships in Austria starting this November.
Thursday, March 5, Special Jumping Individual Event Results
U16 - Men
1) Stephen Schumann IMD - 239.2
2) Decker Dean RMD - 232.5
3) Elijah Vargas RMD - 228.4
U16 - Women
1) Cara Lasron - Central - 207.6
2) Annika Belshaw - RMD - 190.3
3) Mollie Immens - Central - 185.5
U18 - Men
1) Ben Loomis - Central - 242.6
2) Trevor Edlund - Central - 233.3
3) Casey Larson - Central - 224.5
U18 - Women
1) Gaby Armstrong - East - 200.4
U20 - Men
1) Somer Schrock - IMD - 217.4
2) Nicholas Madden - RMD - 211.3
U20 - Women
1) Emilee Anderson - Central - 198.6
2) Sabina Gasienica - Central - 140.6
It is my pleasure to announce the 2015 Junior National Team that will be heading to Steamboat Springs, Colorado the first week of March.
Coaches for the Junior Nationals will be Scott Smith, Brian Nelson, and Paul Loomis.
Men’s Ski Jumping USA
Kevin Bickner, 18, of Wauconda, Illinois recently took sixth place at the FIS Cup in Stbske Pleso, Slovakia. In December, Bickner placed second at the annual New Year’s ski jumping event in Lake Placid and took first place at the US Cup competition in Steamboat Springs.
AJ Brown, 19, recently placed third at both the New Year’s ski jumping event in Lake Placid and US Cup competition in Steamboat Springs.
Nick Mattoon, 19, recently won the Open Class in Lake Placid’s annual New Year’s ski jumping event. He is the reigning US Cup champion.
Will Rhoads, 19, of Park City, Utah recently placed fourth at the FIS Cup in Switzerland and third place at the US National Championships in Lake Placid.
Women’s Ski Jumping USA
After taking a brief hiatus from ski jumping to pursue other interests, Emilee Anderson, 19, of Eau Claire, Wisconsin has exploded back on the competition stage by dominating the women’s HS-100 event at the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start competition in early December. She recently placed third at the annual New Year’s ski jumping event in Lake Placid.
Logan Sankey, 16, of Steamboat Springs, CO recently took second place at the Junior National Championships and sixth place at the National Championships in Lake Placid. She also placed third at the 2014 Junior National Championships in Alaska. Logan is a graduate of the inaugural Fly Girls development camp.
Ben Loomis, 16, a member of the Flying Eagles Ski Club in Eau Claire, WI, dominated the five events at the 2014 U.S. Junior Nationals in Alaska where he claimed a third National Junior title.
Somer Schrock, 18 of Mt. Itasca Ski & Outing Club in Coleraine, MN won two titles at the 2014 Junior National Ski Jumping Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.
Ben Berend, 19, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado is returning to competition after an ankle injury. He has competed in numerous Continental Cup and World Cup events and boasts a top ten finish at the 2014 World Junior Ski Championships in Val di Fiemme, Italy.
Jasper Good, 18, also a member of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, recently placed second at the Rocky Mountain Division Winter Start competition.
Nicholas Madden, 18 of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club qualified, but has elected not to compete in the Championships in order to seek medical treatment for Compartment Syndrome
Koby Vargas, 16, of Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club placed fifth at the 2014 Junior National Ski Jumping Championships in Anchorage, Alaska.
Kevin Bickner repeats as Jr National Champion in Individual Jumping, Casey Larson and Bickner win the Gold in J2 Team Jumping. Sabina Gasienica gets Gold in the Women’s Team Event and Bronze in Individual Jumping. AJ Brown repeats with Silver in the J1 Team Competition. Bickner scores Gold in Elimination A competition and Ben Kaiser wins the Silver medal in the Elimination B Competition!
Thank you to all who attended. Here are the results for the Saturday and Sunday tournament.
Park City, UT – USA Ski Jumping concluded its final of 8 US Cup events in Steamboat Springs, Colorado with Kevin Bickner taking the season long honors with Norge’s Mike Glasder and AJ Brown in second and third. AJ Brown also won the Lamb Family Distance Award for the longest jumps accumulated during the US Cup events. Bickner was awarded second place. Congratulations to our Norge Jumpers and Coach Scott Smith!
Kevin Bickner Mike Glasder A.J. Brown
Kevin Bickner takes the Gold in Individual Jumping, Casey Larson and Bickner win the Gold in J2Team Jumping and AJ Brown wins the Silver in the J1 Team Competition.
Congratulation to Jacques McCrillis, winner of the Adirondack Chair made by grandfather of local Norge and USA team member Mike Glasder.