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January 25th and 26th, 2020



Small Hills Tournament Jan. 25, 2020

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Michael Glasder, Norge Ski Club Olympian, presents donation to Josh Freeman

Norge Makes Donation to Josh Freeman,
2020 Olympic Hopeful

Norge is proud to help support local Track and Field Champion, Josh Freeman on his road to the 2020 Olympics.  Josh was born and raised in Fox River Grove, Illinois and was a 2012 graduate of Cary-Grove High School. As a senior at Cary-Grove I was a double state champion in the shot put and discus, as well as a Track and Field News First-Team All-American.

Find out more about Josh Freeman and how you can help support him on his Road to Tokyo 2020.


Chicago-area club’s massive ski jumps have helped skiers fly high since 1905

Posted 5:58 PM, February 6, 2020, by , Updated at 06:10PM, February 6, 2020
Chicago WGN9

FOX RIVER GROVE, Ill. — A giant ski jump peeks over the trees in Fox River Grove, the highest of several runs at the volunteer-run Norge Ski Club. Dating back to the early 1900s, the club works to promote the sport of ski jumping and now counts multiple Olympians among its members. Here's their story — in their own words. 

Scott Smith, Norge Ski Club

Ski jumping first came to the United States in 1887. The first ski jump ever in our country was up in Red Wing, Minnesota, then it just grew from there to different places all over. The Midwest has the most jumps, but then it expanded out west and out east.

Three Norwegians came over and started our ski club here in 1905. They used to go maybe a hundred feet, where now we go, you know, close to 250 feet.

You go over to Europe, ski jumping over there is like baseball and football over here. Back in the day, thousands of people used to come out from the city. They did ski jumps at Soldier Field, and Wrigley Field in 1949.



Gasienica Jumps to Career-Best in Frenstat


Photo and article from USA

Another weekend of international competition is in the books for USA Nordic’s ski jumping team. Four of the men’s ski jumpers competed in the Summer Grand Prix in Zakopane, Poland. The rest of the ski jumping team competed in Frenstat, Czech Republic- for the men it was a Continental Cup and for the women it was a Summer Grand Prix. There were a few highlights this weekend for USA Nordic, most of them coming from Frenstat.

The headline of last weekend was men’s ski jumper Patrick Gasienica (Spring Grove, Ill) scoring his first-ever Continental Cup points. Not only did he jump into the top 30, but he did so convincingly, finishing in 17th place on Sunday in Frenstat. Putting two solid jumps together in the competition is a task Gasienica has struggled with in the past, “I’ll have one good jump then a bad jump in the second round, or vice versa,” says Gasienica. However, this is starting to become a problem of the past for him as he reflects, “For some reason, my best jumps have been coming in competition lately.”

Gasienica is just another of coach Jan Druzina’s athletes who continue to show impressive improvement. When asked about this, Druzina says, “The biggest change I’ve seen in these athletes is the desire to be on top, not being afraid of anyone else.” This shift in mindset has obviously made a difference on the results sheet. Gasienica is now the fifth men’s ski jumper with Continental Cup points which makes him eligible to compete on the World Cup. “We now have five guys capable of competing on the World Cup which is one of our goals,” says head coach Bine Norčič. Gasienica hopes to continue with this kind of form as he travels to Romania for more Continental Cup action. “My confidence is through the roof,” says Gasienica.

Another highlight of the weekend was Anna Hoffmann (Madison, WI) making her Summer Grand Prix debut in Frenstat. When asked what the biggest difference between the Continental Cup and Summer Grand Prix is, Hoffmann replies, “This weekend I found myself competing against a large group of women who I have always looked up to, so it was a bit strange to finally compete against them.”

Being star-struck didn’t seem to affect Hoffmann’s performance as she jumped into the top 40 in qualification on Saturday, thus qualifying her for the event on Sunday. She followed this up with a 32nd place on Sunday, just missing out on her first World Cup points. “It was great to be that close to points but now it makes me even hungrier to get better,” says Hoffmann.

The men’s ski jumping team didn’t quite find the success it was looking for in Zakopane, Poland this past weekend. Kevin Bickner (Wauconda, Ill) showed strong jumps in training and qualification, qualifying in 29th place for the event. Bickner’s competition jump on Sunday though wasn’t as good as his prior jumps and left him out of the second round.

Casey Larson (Barrington, Ill), Decker Dean (Steamboat Springs, CO), and Andrew Urlaub (Eau Claire, WI) joined Bickner on Saturday for the team event. The team put forward some solid jumps on Saturday but still felt like the performance was on a lower level than in weekends past. “We are still on the level of testing equipment and improving new things in technique so it’s normal to lack consistency at this time of year,” says Norčič

Bickner and Larson will travel to Japan for another Summer Grand Prix while Dean and Urlaub will join Gasienica and others for a training camp in Slovenia before heading to Romania for Continental Cups. On the women’s side, Nina Lussi and Logan Sankey will stay in Europe and continue to compete in Summer Grand Prix.

A few athletes are flying home from Europe to begin school, this is the case with such a young team. Hoffmann started classes at the University of Utah yesterday. She will be balancing biology, biology lab, and chemistry with ski jumping as she continues to set her sights on the World Cup stage.

Nordic combined is back now as well, beginning its Summer Grand Prix series next weekend in Oberweisenthal, Germany. Tara Geraghty-Moats (West Fairlee, VT) will be the lone American competing as the men’s team will skip Summer Grand Prix. Geraghty-Moats looks to defend her title in Oberwiesenthal and continue where she left off after a dominant winter season.


Larson Leads Team in Ljubno with Double Podium

Photo and article from USA

Just a few days after competing in the Springer Tournee and National Championships in Park City, Utah, most of the USA Nordic athletes headed over to Europe in order to continue summer training and compete in some competitions. For the ski jumping team, this meant immediately heading to Ljubno, Slovenia in order to compete in two FIS Cup competitions. After spending the entire spring and summer in America, the ski jumping team was excited to see where they stood amongst their European peers. Well after this weekend, it seems they are in very good standing.

Though there were many bright moments this weekend for USA Nordic, Casey Larson (Barrington, Ill) absolutely stole the show though. Larson jumped onto the podium both days of competition- proving his jumping is on a very high level currently.

Not only did Larson jump onto the podium two days in a row, but he did so against a field of 104 jumpers. “Being in a competition with 104 competitors, you know it’s going to be a very tight competition. I was feeling good with the hill and having a lot of fun so the podiums were just a nice addition,” says Larson.

While on the podium, Larson sported the dreaded socks and sandals look both days. When asked about this, he replies, “I tossed them on and got on the podium Saturday without batting an eye. But then I realized Europe has yet to be introduced to the beauty that is socks and Tevas so I am glad I was the guy who did so.” If this is a new podium ritual for Larson, we hope to see plenty of socks and sandals in the future.

Larson’s podium on the first day lit a fire beneath Decker Dean (Steamboat Springs, CO) who finished 19th on day one. Dean came on strong in day two jumping to 6th place, just a few points behind Larson. “Seeing Casey snag third place really motivated me and gave me confidence. I know I’m jumping close to his level, so if I showed good jumps I knew I would be right in the mix,” says Dean. Before Sunday, Dean’s best result in FIS Cup competition was 15th place in a far less attended event. While looking back on how far he’s come in a year, Dean says, “Beating almost 100 kids was really cool, last summer I wouldn’t have even been in contention here. Jan, Balki, and Bine have really brought me to a good level.”

The highlights didn’t just include Larson and Dean though. Patrick Gasienica finished 31st and 25th while many other young Americans competed in their first-ever FIS Cup competition. Men’s ski jumping coach Jan Druzina was really happy with what he saw, especially on Sunday. “Sunday’s competition was great for our team. It was not just about the results we achieved. Every athlete showed their best, including the younger ones. For some, it was the first FIS cup in their career. It’s important that younger and talented athletes have the ability to learn from our experienced athletes.” Going forwards, Druzina hopes to see this continued growth led by great the veterans of the team.


Larson’s Stellar Return

Photo and article from USA

Good things come to those who wait. That is something that ski jumper Cara Larson had to keep reminding herself during a 15-month break from ski jumping.

Larson tore her ACL in March of 2018 at the Junior National Championships in Anchorage, Alaska. “That was tough, especially because I didn’t think the recovery process would be 15 months.” The plan was to jump last winter. In February, Larson flew to Park City, Utah in order to test her knee strength- with the hopes of competing in the last few competitions of the season.

Instead, she left that testing session feeling completely lost. In her own words, “I didn’t even know what to do with myself in that moment.” Larson had scored an 83% on the test which meant her knee wasn’t ready. She labeled this as the single hardest moment in her recovery process.

What Larson did next was get on a plane and fly home to Barrington, Illinois- all hopes of winter jumping were over. “That was just frustrating. I obviously understood why I couldn’t be back, but it was annoying having to fly back home without jumping.” The next few months were dedicated to steering away from a traditional ACL recovery process and focus on ski jumping specific strength.

Almost four months later, on June 25th, right after graduating from high school, Larson arrived back to Park City to test her knee again. This was the same process she went through back in February- a déjà vu of sorts. Obviously, she was nervous, though that emotion increased after the results of this June test seemed off. “I had just driven 24 hours by myself, so we decided to wait a few days and try again,” says Larson.

Two days later, Larson returned to the gym for hopefully her final test. She couldn’t imagine going through those February emotions again. Luckily, she passed and was given the go-ahead to fly again. She would do so in Steamboat Springs, Colorado for the annual Fourth of July camp.

When asked how it felt to be hiking up Howelsen Hill with skis in hand, Larson replies, “My mind almost shut off, I don’t remember feeling a certain kind of way.” Her demeanor was surely different after such a long break. “Usually I’m chatty at the top of the jump. I don’t even remember who was up there or who I talked to.”

Simple routines which are played out over and over again before a ski jump were things she hadn’t done in almost a year and a half. “I was shaking and could barely tie my boots,” Larson remembers. Once she pushed out onto the bar and looked down the jump, there was no turning back. She saw her coach wave his flag and let go of the bar.

On that first jump, she didn’t even think about her knee. She was so focused on the movements required, that all the nerves crumbled away. After 15 long months, she was right back where she belonged- ski jumping amongst her teammates. “Us girls have always been so close, it feels so good to be back,” says Larson.

She competed in Steamboat Springs that week and notched an 8th place finish. A few weeks later in Park City, Utah she found herself on the podium in the Springer Tournee Competition and followed that up with a 6th place at US National Championships last weekend. It’s fair to say that Larson has picked up possibly even ahead of where she left off, which is fairly uncommon after such an injury.

Larson is now heading off to Europe with her coaches and teammates for a training camp. She will spend time in Slovenia and Poland before flying home on August 11th to start school at the University of Utah.

When asked about her goals for the upcoming winter, Larson says, “To keep the knee healthy, keep myself happy, and get back to competing in Europe.” If this summer is any indication of what’s to come, great things are ahead.


Meet Our Olympic Ski Jumpers

Kevin Bickner, Mike Glasder, Casey Larson

(from left to right)


Norge Honors Reese Palm
of Boy Scout Troop 29

Barrington, Illinois


Reese Palm chose a project at Norge Ski Club to complete his Eagle Scout Project.  He led the construction and installation of 5 large wooden benches to be used as seating for spectators at ski jumping tournaments and practices. The benches are made from repurposed materials found on site at Norge, namely white oak trees and solid iron bars. Reese scouted the property and found several large standing dead white oak trees, he fell the trees and had them milled to be used as seats for benches. Reese designed the legs from old solid iron bars found at Norge. He cut them to size and welded brackets to bolt the wood tops. Footings were dug ( 15 total) below frost line which the legs of the benches are placed. The footings are filled with cement to keep the benches in place. Reese brought in topsoil and seeded the disturbed area for a nice finished look.

Reese utilized a very cool technique he researched to seal and finish the wood tops. The technique involved burning, oiling and brushing the wood to a finish that will preserve the wood from the weather for many years. This was very labor intensive and we appreciate extra the effort.

Everyone at Norge enjoyed working with Reese on this project. He went above and beyond to make the benches very special. The benches are a great addition to our grounds and will be enjoyed by our members, athletes, patrons on a daily basis.

Norge Ski Club thanks and congratulates Reese Palm and Troop 29 on completion of this great Eagle Scout project.

Thank You Reese!


Olympians from Norge Ski Club inducted into American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame


Olympian Mike Glasder of Cary and the Norge Ski Club has been inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame in Red Wing, Minn. (Rick Bowmer / AP)

By Mike Danahey/the Courier-News

AUGUST 6, 2018, 5:10 PM -

The three members of the Norge Ski Club in Fox River Grove who represented the United States at this year’s Winter Olympics in South Korea have been inducted into the American Ski Jumping Hall of Fame.

Mike Glasder, 29, of Cary, Casey Larson, 19, of Barrington, and Kevin Bickner, 21, of Park City, Utah, and formerly of Wauconda were among the nine athletes honored Saturday night at a banquet at the St. James Hotel in Red Wing, Minn.



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Mike Glasder, Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson
Make US Olympic Team

Four men and three women will head to PyeongChang to compete in ski jumping events, U.S. Ski & Snowboard announced on Thursday. Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson, Will Rhoads, Nita Englund, and Abby Ringquist were added to the roster Thursday, and join Sarah Hendrickson and Michael Glasder, who were already named to the team by virtue of their wins at Olympic Trials in December.



Mike Glasder 1st, Kevin Bickner 2nd, Will Rhoads (Park City) 3rd, Casey Larson 4th, AJ Brown 5th, Nick Mattoon (Eau Claire) 6th.


Michael Glasder Makes U.S. Olympic Team

PARK CITY, Utah – Let's hear it for the veteran.

At age 28, Michael Glasder flew to an upset victory Sunday by winning the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Nordic Combined & Ski Jumping and qualifying for Team USA in men’s ski jumping.

Glasder, almost six years older than any of his rivals, won the event at Utah Olympic Park on the HS100 hill.

In the winner-take-all trials, Glasder defeated the five other male competitors, including top rivals Kevin Bickner and Will Rhoads, for the $10,000 first prize.

Just back from Europe, Glasder soared 98.5 meters on his first jump and had a beautiful Telemark landing, saying he believes the jet lag helped him. The distance combined with the judges’ points for form and wind compensation gave him 133.7 points.

He only had a 1.5-point cushion over Bickner, who also jumped 98.5 meters.

Bickner turned up the heat by going 100 meters on his second jump for a total of 268.6 points.

But Glasder then followed that with 98 meters and his style points gave him the victory at 270 points.

Up to three more athletes could qualify in men's ski jumping based on world cup results through Jan. 22.

Courtesy Karen Rosen | Dec. 31, 2017, 2:14 p.m. (ET)

Norge Olympic Hopefuls


From left to right:  Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson, Scott Smith, Mike Glasder, and AJ Brown

Norge Ski Clubs own Kevin Bickner, Casey Larson, Mike Glasder and AJ Brown will be competing in the Olympic Trials Dec. 30-31, 2017 at Utah Olympic Park, Utah.

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